Weird Travel Destinations in the United States for True Crime Lovers 

I have to make a confession — I’m a complete true crime junkie. I’ve been fascinated with different cases for YEARS now, and no matter how much I wanted to stop consuming this type of content, I just couldn’t. Even though it makes me feel anxious and borderline paranoid, learning about historical crime cases is my favorite pastime on a Sunday evening. And it seems like I’m not the only one, especially considering that there are so many crime inspired attractions all across the US. So, let’s explore all of the weird travel destinations in the United States for true crime lovers.

The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Massachusetts: My Favorite of the Weird Travel Destinations for True Crime Lovers

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Let’s start with the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts. The house, where Lizzie Borden was accused of brutally murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in 1892, has been preserved as a museum and bed and breakfast. If you decide to spend a weekend here, you even get the chance to spend the night in the rooms where the murders took place. Honestly, I wouldn’t be brave enough to do that. However, other activities include taking part in guided tours, and learning more about this unsolved case.

The Murder House, Los Angeles, California

Made infamous by the FX television series “American Horror Story,” the Murder House in Los Angeles is a real-life crime scene with a dark and disturbing history. Located in the historic neighborhood of Los Feliz, the house was the site of a gruesome murder-suicide in 1959, where a doctor killed his wife and children before taking his own life. While the house is privately owned and not open to the public, true crime enthusiasts can visit the exterior and imagine the horrors that unfolded within its walls.

The Villisca Axe Murder House, Iowa

In 1912, the small town of Villisca, Iowa, was rocked by one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in American history. Eight people, including six children, were brutally murdered with an axe in their sleep. Even though there have been several suspects and three trials, the real murderer has never been identified. What makes the whole thing even weirder is that no one new why this family could have been targeted. The house were the killings took place, now known as The Villisca Axe Murder House, has been preserved as a museum. It offers overnight tours for brave visitors and also gives you the chance to learn more about this tragic case, making it one of my favorite weird travel destinations for true crime lovers.

The Winchester Mystery House, California: The Most Famous of the Weird Travel Destinations for True Crime Lovers

Located in San Jose, California, the Winchester Mystery House is a sprawling mansion with a labyrinth of secret passages, staircases that lead nowhere, and rooms designed to confuse spirits. Sarah Winchester, widow of the Winchester rifle heir, believed that she was cursed by the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles and built the mansion to appease them. Today, the Winchester Mystery House offers guided tours that delve into its bizarre history and architectural oddities.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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