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The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

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San Francisco: Ghosts, Gold, and Ghouls Guided Walking Tour

1. San Francisco: Ghosts, Gold, and Ghouls Guided Walking Tour

Set off on a San Francisco ghost tour through 8-12 different sites around the downtown area. Meet your experienced tour guide at Union Square and embark on a one-hour tour through the Nob Hill area. Perfect for first-time visitors and locals alike, this tour is great way to see the amazing sites of the affluent neighborhoods while getting a feel for the city's ghostly atmosphere.  See a side of the city seldom witnessed. Take a walk past by haunted hotels, streets, clubs, and office buildings. Learn about the ancient Mayan secrets of the Sutter buildings, the famous tragedies that haunt The Westin St. Francis, and the devastation and heartbreak that followed the great earthquake of 1906, which has literally and figuratively haunted the city for over a century. Find out about the terrible night that lead to Fatty Arbuckle's blacklisting from the film industry. After the gold rush of 1849, San Francisco became a beacon of hope and prosperity, but not everyone can strike gold, and inevitably, many people seeking fame and fortune found tragedy instead; their stories are likely to disturb and frighten you. These events throughout history continue to have an impact on the area, and the accounts you'll hear on this tour reveal that these hills have just as much horror as happiness.

San Francisco: The Haunt - Ghost Hunting Walking Tour

2. San Francisco: The Haunt - Ghost Hunting Walking Tour

Prowl through Gold Rush-era neighborhoods after dark, armed with ghost-hunting tools to seek out paranormal activity in San Francisco. The Haunt is San Francisco’s real ghost-hunting excursion, with storyteller guides sharing dark tales of the city’s haunted past. Meet by nightfall in the Jackson Square Historic District, a Gold Rush-era neighborhood of eerie Victorian architecture. Your tour guide will outfit everyone with an E.M.F. meter that you’ll use throughout the paranormal investigation. From there, enter the old neighborhood, hearing about the forgotten graves and ships buried beneath. Down quiet alleyways, learn of the destruction of the Great Earthquake of 1906, and the residual hauntings that still plague the neighborhood. At any point, you might detect E.M.F. activity, and you'll investigate further using tools such as dowsing rods and a Spirit Box. In Chinatown, hear of the tragedies that mark the neighborhood’s past, including the true crimes whose energies still linger, from a mysterious death in a historic theater to the city’s biggest massacre at the Golden Dragon. End the investigation with a ceremony to honor whatever spirits joined the group with a ritual to ensure that nothing follows you home.

San Francisco: Ghosts & Hauntings Audio App Walking Tour

3. San Francisco: Ghosts & Hauntings Audio App Walking Tour

Discover the ghosts of San Francisco and the city's haunted past on this self-guided audio walking tour. On this ghoulish adventure, you’ll see the old, haunted neighborhoods of Union Square, Nob Hill, the Barbary Coast, and Chinatown. It’s said San Francisco is the most haunted city in the USA. As you walk, explore the haunted locations and listen to their spooky stories. Discover Chinatown’s dark past and the history of the 1906 earthquake. You'll learn about the gold rush era, the Jazz Age, the Barbary Coast, Shanghai Kelly, and Donaldina Cameron who saved 3000 trafficked women. Hear about the Gangs of Chinatown, the Nabobs of Nob Hill, and much more. And you’ll hear the tales of the ghosts that haunt the city today. Experience a tour of history, tragedy, mayhem, and of course, ghosts.

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4.6 / 5

based on 69 reviews

Jamie was a great guide, and did am excellent job combining history, architecture, and ghost stories into our tour. Be aware that this is a walking tour in San Francisco - there are several blocks of very steep hills. Jamie did a great job of making sure nobody was rushed and waited for everyone in the group, but limber up before you go!

I really enjoyed the tour. About an hours walk. We go up some of the hills so be ready for that. The tour guide Jamie was cool. Really got into the details and was overall a great tour guide. Maybe next time I’ll do the extended tour.

Great interactive experience with awesome stories. We actually got to communicate with a spirit on the street. Wes was very knowledgeable and entertaining. This was a great way to spend an evening and worth every penny!

Great tour!! Jamie our guide had a great speaking voice! The only suggestion would be an awareness of the steep hills needed to climb, there were four and it was pretty rough on most of the group!

we had an amazing time with Jamie as our guide. we did the extended tour and there were all kinds of stories, history to be learned and a fun way to spend the evening. will do again!