Winchester Mystery House in Northern California
This San Jose gem once belonged to Sarah L. Winchester, who lost both her infant daughter and husband to disease in the late 1880s. She went into a deep depression and invested all of her energy into designing their home into a wondrous maze. For reasons unknown, she had it constructed with twisting hallways, secret passageways, and stairs that lead to the ceiling. Legend has it that she looked to her nightly séances for these architectural ideas in hopes of keeping the bad spirits out. A number of strange stories from the mansion's caretakers and employees have been told, making it a popular destination for tourists.