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San Jose: Winchester Mystery House Tour

1. San Jose: Winchester Mystery House Tour

Come explore the fascinating Victorian mansion built by Winchester rifle heiress, Sarah L. Winchester. Marvel at this vast, strange and unusual place. Take a 65-minute guided tour of this architectural marvel, built for 38 years from 1884. Experience beautiful stained glass windows, ornate parquet floors, and turn-of-the-century craftsmanship. Discover strange oddities such as doors to nowhere, stairs to the ceiling, and windows in the floor. See rooms bare with remnants of the 1906 earthquake damage, and others furnished with lounge chairs, grand pianos, and chandeliers. After your tour, walk round the beautiful the gardens, and enjoy the fresh flowers, picnic benches and palm trees. Try your hand at axe throwing or the shooting gallery for an additional charge, or browse for souvenirs at the gift shop.

San Francisco: Ghosts of the Bay Area Haunted Walking Tour

2. San Francisco: Ghosts of the Bay Area Haunted 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: Ghosts, Murder, and Mystery Walking Tour

3. San Francisco: Ghosts, Murder, and Mystery Walking Tour

Have a ghoulish good time on a 1.5-hour walking tour. Embark on a macabre and murderous tour through the streets of downtown San Francisco. This tour is rated PG-13 for some talk of violence, gore, and the macabre. Children are welcome at your discretion. Be led by a professional guide on a ghost walk through Chinatown and the Jackson Square historic district. Uncover tales of unexplained deaths, scandalous murders, the old red-light district, famed spirits, Chinatown assassins, and much more. Get access to ghost hunting gear. Every Ghost Hunter ticket includes the use of an EMF detector during the tour. The host will carry other modern ghost hunting tools, which will be used throughout the tour. Visit mysterious and ghostly places in San Francisco, where residual ghost impressions are felt and poltergeists heard. Get a haunted history lesson through true crimes and hauntings that took place on the very streets you’ll walk.

San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

4. San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

Whilst San Diego is known the world over for its beautiful beaches, mild climate, and abundance of points of interest not many people know about the city's darker side. Discover San Diego's long history of unnerving deaths, mysterious occurrences, and more ominous sides on a fun and informative guided tour. Travel back in time and hear about the spirits of the notorious characters who lived and died in San Diego. First, venture into the sleepy streets of the Mission Hills neighborhood, where Pioneer Park is transformed at night. Continue to Old Town, walking through El Campo Santo Cemetery and learning about the notorious past of this city full of gunslingers, gamblers, ladies of the night, and many more unsavory characters. Finally, the tour includes a tour of the grounds and exterior of the Whaley House, where many reported paranormal occurrences have taken place.

Hollywood: Haunted Walking Tour, True Crime, Creepy Tales

5. Hollywood: Haunted Walking Tour, True Crime, Creepy Tales

Spend two hours exploring the darker side of Hollywood, with an expert guide. Travel to haunted locations throughout LA, as your passionate guide fills you in on the creepy, paranormal history, as well as some true crime stories that will make your skin crawl. Get to see the Pantages Theatre, the Knickerbocker Hotel, as well as The Roosevelt Hotel, after dark. Uncover the secrets of Hollywood, from arson to ghosts, to the occasional serial killer. See what really happens when the lights go out in the Pantages Theatre. Discover the truth about the Hollywood Ripper. Find out where to see the ghost of Marilyn Monroe.

Los Angeles: Hollywood Spirits Haunted Walking Tour

6. Los Angeles: Hollywood Spirits Haunted Walking Tour

This Los Angeles ghost tour takes you through 8-12 different sites around the Hollywood Boulevard area, each one bringing the paranormal excitement to a boiling point. As you walk through Hollywood’s golden age on this 1-hour walking tour, you’ll marvel at the famous, oft-photographed buildings on the city’s Walk of Fame, all the while delving in to the ghostly presences that haunt the boulevard to this day. Ambling along the fabled throughway, become enraptured by your guide’s accounts of murder, obsession, and the dark dealings that crack through Hollywood’s glitzy façade. Pass by the TCL Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Pantages, and more. Take an uncompromising look at the ebbs and flows of fortune that underly Los Angeles’ smiling exterior, and the apparitions that assure that time will not be forgotten.

San Diego: Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

7. San Diego: Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

Explore the haunted side of San Diego, California, on this ghost-themed walking tour that’s entertaining for all ages. Learn about the history and hauntings of Old Town San Diego alongside a local guide. Begin your spooky adventure with an introduction to San Diego's haunted past from a guide who is an expert in San Diego’s history, hauntings, and ghosts. Then, head off to visit the Whaley House Museum and more of the most haunted locations in San Diego. By the end of the tour, you will have plenty of things to talk about with friends and family after learning all the scary insider stories of the city.

San Francisco: Ghosts & Hauntings Audio App Walking Tour

8. 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.

San Francisco: The Warrior Cat Chinatown City Game

9. San Francisco: The Warrior Cat Chinatown City Game

Here's a sneak peek to the storyline: “You're a cat with a black belt in karate, and you've been tasked with clearing out a dark cult in San Francisco Chinatown.” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? The city game starts at Bush Street & Grant Avenue. It will take you around 2 to 3 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at The Golden Gate fortune factory. After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. It is recommended that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

Los Angeles: Haunted Hollywood Exploration Game

10. Los Angeles: Haunted Hollywood Exploration Game

Imagine you have just returned to consciousness. The Hollywood you once knew looks different, yet eerily familiar. As you roam the streets, you realize you’re a ghost and you can’t remember who you were when you were alive. A heart-shaped locket that floats around is the only thing tethering you to this earthly life. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. The city game starts at the northeast corner of Hollywood & Vine. It will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Parisian Florist. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

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What people are saying about California

This was an awesome tour!! The guide was amazing with her story telling, she really held my attention, and even dressed in character!! I thought this tour was going to be scary but it was actually very informative about the history of San Diego!! I would definitely recommend this tour but make sure you wear comfortable shoes and be ready to walk a little.

There were four people with me on the tour and we all especially liked the history stories. Our guide was an excellent speaker and organizer. It was fun and we communicated with a ghost! Well, maybe.....

Had a great time on this tour. It was fun, and we learned lots. Our tour guide Chris was awesome and very knowledgeable

The house is fascinating and our tour guide told so many interesting stories and a ton of history. We loved it!

We really enjoyed the spooky history on this tour and the guide was awesome!