Doing a S/O thread from the Fightmares 2012 discussion.
What are some other haunts people have been to outside of the state of Utah?
I think the best haunt I have been to other than Rocky Point is Universal's Halloween Horror Nights (Hollywood). This event is spectacular, but it is almost impossible to experience everything without getting a front of the line pass. If you think Lagoon's lines are bad, try 3-4 hour waits for 10-15 minute haunted houses.
I also recently experienced a 2 hour ghost hunt at Waverly Hills in Louisville, KY last month. This tour was one of the scariest experiences I have ever encountered. We could only use our lights on the stairwells! We even captured something in one of our photos that cannot be explained. I will try to attach the photo. Note: this room has had a horrible past. Two deaths, both by suicide. One from a hanging and the other is reported from a woman leaping out the window. In our photo, it looks like something is near the window...
If you are the brave type, I highly suggest staying in one of the haunted rooms at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. It's a nice day drive from SLC and the town is beautiful. This is where Stephen King stayed and was inspired to write "The Shining." We stayed in room #428 and were spooked the entire night. There was no sleeping that night... Every minor noise in the room caused my friend and I to jump out of bed. They also have "The Shining" playing on a loop on channel 42 in all of the rooms. It was so much fun to investigate the history of the building and the corridors after nightfall. We lucked out with our reservations here for the haunted room. Usually you need to book the haunted rooms months in advance.
Speaking of great haunts... If you're ever in the LA area during haunt season, you have to check out Queen Mary. It is terrifying. This features three attractions on the boat itself, which of course is considered one of the most haunted places in america. Right after you enter through the gates, you are thrown into a giant maze with scare-actors chasing you. I also highly recommend staying the night in one of the many haunted rooms. At the front desk they have a document with all of the recorded haunted happenings in all of the rooms. It's cool to grab a hold of this and investigate the ship at night. I can't remember our room number, but we had some creepy unexplained experiences happen to us. Upon arrival, I received 3 calls from 3 different area codes, upon calling them back the numbers had all been disconnected. Still cannot explain that one. Security also came to our door after we all got back from the bar and said people have been witnessing someone that matched my friend and my description climbing on the flag poles on the upper deck. We kept telling them that we literally just got back from the bar and they just told us to not do it again. So weird.
I just moved to the East coast so I am excited to finally check out Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennhurst Asylum and Bates Motel. Bates continually gets rated best haunt in America. I don't know how anything can top Rocky Point, but we will see.