Downtown Rapid City -- incidentally one of our top places to travel to this October -- is home to Hotel Alex Johnson, a historic inn long said to be very, very haunted. Built in 1927, the luxury hotel has hosted no fewer than six US presidents, plus Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant during the filming of North By Northwest. The ghost of founder Alex Johnson’s daughter, who died of polio inside the hotel, is rumored to haunt the halls. And the eighth floor is where believers can wait for the Lady in White -- a bride who supposedly took her own life (details vary) while staying in room 812 and now spends her nights opening various windows and drawers of enterprising eighth-floor guests.
Does this mean the hotel attracts, particularly around this time of year, a clientele specifically looking to stay not just in any hotel, but in the hotel they believe to be one of the most haunted anywhere in America? It does, which is why Hotel Alex Johnson offers a Ghost Adventure package: a stay in a “reported paranormal room” and a ghost-detecting K2 meter, along with other amenities like $25 dining credit and free access to their Sky Bar. The package costs $70 plus room rate -- those K2 find-a-ghost thingies appear to retail for around $60, so this seems like a fairly honest deal. If you’re on the fence, you can book a non-reported paranormal room and ask about upgrading at check-in.