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Creepy Motels We'd Worry About Spending A Night In

There's nothing like a good ole fashioned road trip, complete with a stay at a haunted hotel. Whether you're with friends or family, nothing beats the freedom of the open road. Unfortunately, you have to sleep somewhere, and usually, if you're in the middle of nowhere, your choices are slim. At times it can feel like you're choosing between the Macabre Motel or the Lunatic Lodge. Sometimes you'd be better off sleeping in your car.

If you're doing double nickels on the dime this summer and you see one of the motels on this list, you might just want to keep driving: there's nothing good for anyone at these creepy inns. In fact, you stay at any of them, we can guarantee that you're going to get quite a scare.

Some of the places on this list actually look kind of nice, but they're haunted by legless hobo ghosts that keep residents up at all hours of the night, or they're captivated by rooms so frightening that they have to be locked from the outside. Others have a reputation for being dens of iniquity to the nth degree, and some of the motels just can't seem to keep bugs out of the ceiling. Whatever the case, these scary motels and haunted hotels are sure to have you doing triple research on the next place you plan to lay your head.

Vote for which motel you think would be the scariest to spend the night at, and leave us a comment if you've had any creepy overnight experiences. 

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    Topanga Ranch Motel - Malibu, California

    The Topanga Ranch was originally constructed in the 1920s as housing for workers who were building the Pacific Coast Highway. Later it became a cheap motel that quickly de-evolved into a hideout for transients and Charles Manson wannabes.

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    Monte Vista Hotel - Flagstaff, Arizona

    When a hotel has at least 10 ghosts, you're probably going to have to deal with at least one with a bad disposition. We're fine with the weird bellboy, but we don't if we can deal with a ghost hanging meat from a chandelier.

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    Rodeway Inn - Dickinson, North Dakota

    Dubbed "the creepiest motel ever" by a TripAdvisor user, the Rodeway Inn isn't haunted, it's just a stopping point for traveling serial offenders. 

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    Palmer House Hotel - Sauk Center, Minnesota

    Doesn't the Palmer House Hotel look like the kind of place that would be haunted? Can't you imagine telling the overnight manager that you had a conversation with a lanky guy in a suit? And then the night manager would reply, "that man's been dead for 50 years!" No thanks.

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