Guided tour

San Francisco Ghosts: Gold and Ghouls Tour

4.6 / 5

57 reviews

Activity provider: US Ghost Adventures
Guided tour

San Francisco Ghosts: Gold and Ghouls Tour

Activity provider: US Ghost Adventures
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From US$ 30 per person

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Journey through the darkest corners of San Francisco's Nob Hill and Union Square on this chilling, haunted walking tour. Hear tragic stories and discover famous characters with your guide.

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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Learn about the haunted past of San Francisco on a one-hour walking tour through the historic downtown neighborhoods
  • Hear stories of the famous tragedies that still haunt the Westin St. Francis and Fairmont Hotels
  • Discover famous San Francisco characters, who came to strike it rich during the famous Gold Rush of 1849
  • Pick up insights into the lives of people who endured the terrible 1906 earthquake that destroyed the city
Full description

Set off on a San Francisco ghost tour through different sites around the San Francisco downtown area. After meeting your guide embark on a 1-hour tour through Nob Hill. Perfect for first-time visitors and locals alike, this tour is a 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 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 leads 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.

  • Ghost walking tour with a local tour guide
  • Photo opportunities throughout the evening
  • Well-researched and updated stories of history
  • Eyewitness accounts of paranormal activity
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • This tour takes place rain or shine
  • This tour is not recommended for people who cannot walk more than a mile
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 57 reviews

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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!

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March 28, 2023

The guide was very knowledgeable and very talkative. She not only talked about hauntings and history, but she also spoke about conspiracies. There is a lot of walking on this tour and, being San Francisco, there are alot of hills to walk up. My wife and other people guests needed to take breaks going up these hills. Overall the tour was great!

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March 28, 2023

Excellent tour! Family friendly and very informative!! I wish I would’ve opted for the extended tour!! It was so good, the hour wasn’t enough!! One piece of advice, bring a water bottle and wear comfortable shoes! Excellent way to see all of the amazing architecture in the area along this walking tour!

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 319853