Historic disaster, Celebrity Intrigue, and Ancient Evils
When you think of San Francisco, you likely think of tech-minded companies like Apple or Pixar, the unbelievable food, Alcatraz, or the first Chinatown in the US – but our tour will show you a historically accurate side of the city that not many people realize exists. Take a walk with us through the Nob Hill and Union Square sections of the city where you will find stories from every layer of society that has ever lived here. From Hollywood Scandals to haunted hotels.
Our expert local guides will tell you about the terrible night that led to Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s blacklisting from the film industry.
Learn about the ancient Mayan secrets of the Sutter building, the famous tragedies that haunt The Westin St. Francis, and the devastation and heartbreak that followed the great earthquake of 1906. Listen to how the city was littered with broken buildings and refugee camps for the hundreds of thousands made homeless after the earthquake. This act of God has literally and figuratively haunted the city for over a hundred years.
After the gold rush of 1849, San Francisco became a beacon of hope and prosperity, drawing prospectors from the East Coast of America, and from China, across the Pacific Ocean. Not everyone can strike gold though, and inevitably, many people seeking fame and fortune will find tragedy instead, and their stories will likely disturb and frighten you. These events throughout history continue to have an impact on the area, and the accounts we have compiled in this tour reveal that these hills have just as much horror as happiness.
Will You Join Us?
Each of our guides is a local expert, trained extensively before they begin escorting guests through the haunted Golden City. Join our SF Ghosts Tour and see famous sites within the historic Nob Hill neighborhood including the Fairmont Hotel, Dennis T. Sullivan Memorial, and the secretive Union-Pacific Club. For large parties, we offer customized group ghost tours for a more personal, VIP experience as well as our traditional ghost walk.
What draws the supernatural to San Francisco?
San Francisco is a city that thrives on the diversity of the people who live here. The gold rush of 1849 opened up the Western United States like never before, and as a result, people flooded into the Golden City. These new settlers came full of hope, looking for new opportunities. But with hope, inevitably come dashed dreams and human tragedy.
Our tour offers an uncompromising look at what makes San Francisco such a compelling haunted location. Every story you hear on the tour will showcase the real history and well-researched tragedy that hides at the fringes of the city. San Francisco is one of the most active paranormal locations in the country, and after taking the tour, you will know why.
Whether we talk about the once-grand Nob Hill mansions that were leveled by the earthquake or the more human story of the tragic death of a heroic Fire Chief, you will not be able to get these blood-chilling stories out of your mind long after the tour ends.Read sightings & stories!
Our San Francisco Ghost Tours take you through 8-12 different sites around the Nob Hill and Union Square area, each one ratcheting up the tension more and more. Meet your experienced tour guide at Union Square on the corner of Powell Street and Post Street at least 15 minutes before your tour’s scheduled departure time. The standard tour takes about an hour, and walks you through several landmark locations in the Nob Hill area. If you select the extended tour, you will get another 30 minutes of chilling stories and historical locations in the Union Square section of the city!
The San Francisco Ghost Tours walking route is a great way to see the amazing sites of the affluent Nob Hill and Union Square areas while also getting your fill of the ghostly atmosphere of the city’s most haunted locations. This tour is perfect for first-time visitors to San Francisco, and seasoned locals alike!
San Francisco Ghost Tours is a family-friendly attraction and is suitable for everyone, so bring your kids, friends, or a date! We’ll make sure that you have an informative, memorable, and slightly terrifying night. Keep in mind that tours fill up quickly, so reserve your spot early through our website.
Tours begin at Union Square on the corner of Powell Street and Post Street. Tours are held rain or shine. Please note that we do not go inside the buildings, nor do we meet inside anywhere. However, you are more than welcome to tour the public locations at your leisure after the tour has ended.
The tour is around 1 hour long, and is one mile long. If you choose the extended tour, you will get roughly 30 minutes and an additional 0.5 miles immediately after the first tour ends.
Tickets for our San Francisco Ghost Tours must be purchased in advance, and can be found right here on our website. We will have your name on a roster, so no need to print anything out! Bring your ID and show up ready to start the tour!
Adult tickets are $19; children under 12 $12. The extended tour costs additional per person.
You must attend the tour for the date and time of your purchase. Ghost tours are held rain or shine. Rescheduling may be done upon prior approval, and is subject to a rescheduling fee.
Parking is available at nearby parking garages and lots. Union Square, our meeting place, even houses an underground pay parking garage (please look up availability before attempting to use). Please check your tour time and meeting location in advance so that you may arrive on time. We recommend arriving early to find parking and to ensure that you are not late.
Here are 4 reasons why you should book SF Ghosts over any other tourist attraction!
You want to know the real story of San Francisco
The stories we have don’t appear on any of the Clamper plaques around the city, and certainly not in any guidebook. Each stop on our 8 or 12 location tours gives you a vivid and memorable look into the real story of San Francisco. Unvarnished, and unleashed, San Francisco has many ghosts in its closet. Like the Fairmont Hotel, one of the few structures still standing after the 1909 earthquake, subsequent tragic accidents gave rise to rumors of a curse, one the original builders, the Fair sisters even come back occasionally to check how their hotel is doing.
Other stories you will hear will bring alive the complex and evocative real history of San Francisco, the bay area. We even researched stories from further afield in Northern California, some of which we could not include in the SF Ghosts walking tour, so we included them in our ghost stories blog, for your enjoyment.
You only have a short time in the city.
Our standard tour is around an hour-long, the stories come thick and fast as you take our one-mile route around San Francisco’s Nob Hill and Union Square neighborhoods. The stories of the people who make up the living breathing history of this amazing city bring it alive. We will show you not only the history of the city but the living remains of that history; its ghosts.
If you are looking for an activity just after dinner, and before the city comes alive at night, our hour-long ghost tour can help you get the most out of your short time in San Francisco.
More fun than any museum and you get more up close and personal than any tour bus. Our expert local guides will show you a side of San Francisco that not many locals get to see. Which is another reason we often have people who have lived here all their lives join the tour, they can add additional facts and stories to the tour, but even locals always end up learning something about their City by the Bay.
You are a sceptic of the Supernatural.
Our tours happen in the twilight hours, click on the book now button to see the exact tour times. Darkness is falling, and the spirits are just waking up. We have had many people on the tour experience an unusual chill, not related to the rolling in of Karl the fog, that’s right, it has a name, and even a Twitter account! Tour guests even have seen glimpses of the occasional ghoul. We don’t guarantee this and wouldn’t even expect a sighting to change the mind of a hardened skeptic, but we have expanded the horizons of a few people over the years. We would welcome the chance to expand your receptivity to the supernatural.
Perhaps you will become one of the many people who have seen the Wandering Bride of California Street. She has a very mysterious story, we know some details, an arranged marriage to her wealthy father’s business partner’s son, a disappearance on the night of her presentation to society. And mysteriously the discovery of her body in Montana years after her disappearance…
You want something the whole family will enjoy
Everyone can learn something about San Francisco and be entertained at the same time. We want the whole family to enjoy SF ghosts, and make sure the stories are not so scary as to cost a night of sleep, but they will be remembered for years to come.
We believe a good story is the best souvenir, and we have 8 to 12 stories for you that are made even more memorable by standing on the exact spots where the remarkable events from history happened. You don’t get the same experience from the seat of a bus whizzing by these places.
A walking tour is the only way to be able to reach out and touch the stones of the Sutter building and run your hands over the bizarre Mayan designs. They include the World Tree symbol, a traditional sign of a connection between the world of the living and the dead. The building has recorded a lot of unexplained happenings over the years. The story about how these designs came to be on a building constructed in the 1920s to house medical professionals came to have a set of symbols from a long-dead civilization thousands of miles away is a fascinating one.
Join us to find out more, and be thoroughly entertained on the haunted streets of San Francisco.