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Welcome To San Francisco's #1 Rated Ghost Tour

Lost in a fog of tragedy and greed, San Francisco’s reputation as the city of gold vanished in darkness with its forsaken souls.

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Uncover a corrupted, shocking history with San Francisco Ghosts that will forever change the way you view the beloved Golden Gate City. From the spark of the Gold Rush, the mysterious city has endured earthquakes, fires, deaths, and some of the most terrifying hauntings on the west coast.

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San Francisco Ghosts: Gold and Ghouls Tour

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Welcome to San Francisco Ghosts

AFFLUENCE AND AFFLICTION

From resounding hills to the glistening Pacific, San Francisco is one of the most desirable places to experience. However, the greed and prosperity that helped found a plethora of tech companies from Apple, Pixar, and Uber to Twitter and AirBnB came with a horrible price. The city that created the first Chinatown birthed some of the most terrifying hauntings and ghosts in the Western Hemisphere.

Devilish disasters and heartbreaking misfortunes mark every point of its tragic timeline. The frontier founders that once shaped history in these iconic buildings forever dwell and haunt visitors to this day. 

It’s not uncommon to book a room at one of San Francisco’s infamous hotels, like the Fairmont, and then feel the intense desire to check out much sooner than anticipated. Perhaps being one of the sole survivors of the 1909 earthquake made it an attractive new haunt for ghosts from other destroyed properties. While some of these ghosts mean no harm, others appear a bit more maleficent.  While it may seem that some of these ghosts mean no harm, others appear far more maleficent and promise a night of torture and torment.

Don’t miss this crippling experience on a San Francisco ghost tour that will send shockwaves of terror down your spine.

 

WHAT WILL I SEE?

Hotel and Hollywood Horrors, Secrets and Spirits in the Shadows

 

Venture into the calamitous streets of the city and hear the less-than-glamorous stories of the ghostly Nob Hill district and Union Square. From prestigious haunted hotels and clubs to eerie historic parks to scandalous Hollywood secrets, an abundance of unexplained events echoes the tragedies of the city’s perilous past. Iconic spots like the famous Fairmont Hotel continue to house horrors few dare to whisper of. 

Hear the shocking details behind the true story of a murdered street-walker that has a habit of leaving bathtubs overflowing with an unknown substance, and even more terrifying– lipstick stains on unexpecting sleeper’s cheeks. Hear and perhaps even witness the bizarre apparition known as the Wandering Bride. The ghastly being that slips in from the cold, a flowing old tattered 19th-century wedding dress marking her passage. 

Uncover the brave story of Dennis T. Sullivan, and how the man was cooked, with severe third-degree burns, his face melted, and his ribs crushed, continuing to perform with his Company and save others during the 1906 earthquake. Visit his memorial as we recount stories from all over the city of his ghost and how it has become a guardian angel of the needy. 

These are just some of the many specters that hide in the shadows of the streets you will dare to investigate.

 

Mayan Curses and the Blacklist of Death

 

Ol’ Frisco was a beacon of hope that drew in crowds from all around the country and even the world. People looked to the United States as a bright shining light to which they could travel, and possibly strike it rich, and The Golden City was the brightest on the Pacific coast. Like moths, millions came chasing fortune and glittery gold… and many ventured too close to the flame and went up in smoke. Others were sucked into the darkness of despair, crime, and violence, leaving evidence of unbelievable rituals and symbols followed by hauntings and horror.

Discover the secrets of ancient Mayans that are carved into the interior of the Sutter building, their darkest deeds made the city a magnet for things from beyond better left undistributed. Rumors, strange affiliations, and prejudices plagued individuals and, boiling in their souls’ embers of bigotry, xenophobia, and wrapped views on others. It was a fight between “Them” and “Us”. Dozens were lost in this struggle, including celebrities like Roscoe Fatty Arbucle, who was blacklisted by the film industry. 

See where it all unfolded, hear the sordid details of one of the most tragic nights in the history of San Francisco, and walk amongst the haunted buildings that still reverberate with the dark energy from that night. Be careful exactly where you tread, though…Their spirits demand justice and demand to be heard. Adventures with San Francisco Ghosts and give them the attention they deserve and call for.

 

What makes San Francisco so haunted? 

Shortly after the US conquered and settled in San Francisco, this incredibly historic city boomed with an influx of travelers and immigrants in search of gold and wealth, starting with the Gold Rush of 1849. Each brought with them a little bit of the madness inherent to their childhood homes. And the first thing they related, on ships crashing into the port, on bars down by the wharf, on lonely nights out in the hills, or on fishing vessels stuck in the fog circling the island of immortals were the ghost stories and otherworldly creatures they brought with them. 

Those tales and an influx of people who saw that the easiest path forward to notoriety and fortune was on the backs of their neighbors, and by taking what their fellow citizens had worked to earn. This negative spirit and energy of theft, greed, and misfortune continued to infect San Francisco, and each neighborhood had its own patron boogeyman. For years, those invading outsiders claimed the souls of the city’s citizens who became victims. Some even coerced or convinced them to join the darkness and commit the vilest deeds themselves.

 

The Calamity that Created the Ghosts of San Francisco

 

Then, among the turmoil, the social upheaval, and the class warfare, Mother Nature intervened. At the start of the 20th century, San Francisco suffered one of the biggest natural calamities in US history. A massive earthquake shook and even swallowed whole parts of the city. 

Neighborhoods collapse into tunnels, some preserved underneath the city as if in amber to this day. Fire ran like quicksilver across the streets. Floods swallowed whole sections into the bay. And, after the finger of God had taken its toll, over 3,000 people, and rats descended on the city — bringing with them plague, pestilence, and famine. 

After all that heartache, San Francisco persevered, but the pain and tragedy was etched into the soul of the city and the spirits of those who were lost would forever haunt it. The city was built back up, brick by brick, but the aftermath of this disaster still plays out in Huntington Park where numerous hauntings have been reported, as well as sights indicating a former battleground. 

Fog City is so haunted because we brought terrors from other lands to it, and when God decided to wipe them off the face of the map, we were too stubborn to allow it. 

* This is a walking tour and we do not enter privately-owned buildings or private property *

6 Reasons To Book Your Ghost Tour Right Now!

 

1: You’re ready for adventure 

 

In a city that’s bustling on every corner, adventure is not hard to come by. San Fran has got it all. It is home to some of the world’s most prestigious educational and cultural institutions. There’s a concert hall or a museum on every corner. A bar or culinary Venus flytrap waiting under every awning. San Fran is also a melting pot — full of rich neighborhoods, each in their own way has paved what the US is today. You’ll never grow tired of exploring Fog City. Still, when the sun sets and you’re still hungry for more, the fun is just getting started. Come experience the thrill of multiple haunted locations with stories that will shake you. 

 

2: You’ve already seen Alcatraz 

 

If you’ve already paid a visit to the infamous Alcatraz island, heard the tales, and seen the sights. Your appetite is wet with stories of ghosts and phantoms. Now, you’re in the market for more eldritch horrors. Our tours take you around popular destinations while recounting nail-biting accounts of hauntings meant to give you your fix of ghosts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see a plethora of different sites that are historically and deeply haunted. 

 

3: It’s date night 

 

Did you know that science has proven that a good fright is as potent as Spanish Fly when it comes to getting your groove on? Our brains go gonzo whenever we experience a good scare with our better half. It’s orgasmic, it’s chemical, it’s natural. There’s a reason why horror movies are a stereotypical date night activity. There is no better way to spend a night with your significant other than being scared into each other’s arms. This engaging and fun tour is the perfect way to switch it up and step away from the TV. Trust us, you’ll be talking about this date night for months to come. 

 

4: You watched Vertigo 

 

Maybe you watched ‘Vertigo’, or ‘The Rock’, or any other movie that was filmed at the Fairmont Hotel. “I want a suite, a shower, a shave, the feel of a suit,” John Mason. Remember, Nick Cage, getting into a yellow jag while Sean Connery goes after his daughter in a Humvee? Such fond memories. Such killer lines. While the hotel makes for the perfect backdrop in any movie, the activity that goes on inside is a bit more bone-chilling. Come see what makes the Fairmont Hotel equally beautiful and haunted. 

 

5: You don’t believe in ghosts 

 

We won’t try to convert you into a ghost hunter, but we will share the historical accounts of real deaths and hauntings that surround SF. These frightening stories may just leave you a bit more intrigued about life after death. We’ll allow you to be the Skully to our Mulder — just watch out, sometimes the spooks take your reluctance as a challenge. 

 

6: You’re on a tight schedule

 

“America only has three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everything else is Cleveland.” — Tennessee Williams.

 

There’s a reason why Herb Caen, once stated, “one day, if I go to heaven… I’ll look around and say, ‘it ain’t bad, but it’s not San Francisco.” Fog City can be a daunting city upon arrival; colorful buildings, historical sites, and so much to see. It’s a breathtaking place that has inspired the likes of Rudyard Kipling, “San Francisco has only one drawback – ’tis heard to leave, “ Tony Bennet, Anthony Bourdain, Dylan Thomas, Robin Williams, Jack Kerouac, and everyone you can imagine. “Los Angeles is just a big parking lot where folks buy a hamburger before their trip to San Francisco,” that’s not us by the way but John Lennon. This tour combines a bit of everything. You will experience historical events while walking around one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of SF. Whether you’re a local, or a tourist who refers to this city as “Frisco”, this tour is the perfect way to see the good, bad, and ugly of this Gold Rush town. If you’re on a tight schedule, this tour has you covered. 



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