See the Spooky Side of San Francisco

Mission Dolores cemetery San Francisco has a long and sometimes troubling history. Many who lived and died here may have not gone all the way to the other side. Here's a few ways you can experience the otherworldly right here in our fair city.

Ghost Tours of City Hall

This is one of my favorite tours with San Francisco City Guides. On this tour, instead of architecture you will learn about disinterred remains, assassinations and other ghostly lore, plus little-known facts such as the cemetery that once covered Civic Center. Schedule: TBD - Check website

Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco

San Francisco City Guides also offers a tour of Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco. The Master of Suspense loved San Francisco and used its beauty, elegance and mystery to great effect in several films. From Nob Hill to Union Square, you'll see some of the hotels, clubs, retail stores and other locations featured in Vertigo and other Hitchcock classics. Schedule: October 12th & 19th

Chinatown Ghost Tours

San Francisco Chinatown is one of the oldest Chinese communities in the United States. If you've not taken a tour of this neighborhood or just visited during the day, you should experience the area at night! Schedule: Friday & Saturday Nights

Haunted Haight Walking Tour

The Haight isn't all about hippies. Check out its dark side with this walking tour.  This tour will show you where some infamous murderers and cult leaders once lived! Schedule: Multiple Options

San Francisco Ghost Tour

Tour the city's most haunted spots and maybe meet a ghost en route! Walkers frequently capture eerie phenomena in their pictures. Schedule: Wednesday-Sunday, 7 pm in front of the Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter Street


While many locations once had cemeteries, including Dolores Park and Lone Mountain, there are but two active cemeteries in the city today. Mission Dolores' cemetery is the permanent home of some of the city's most notable historical figures, as well as approximately 5,000 Ohlone Indians, and the National Cemetery in the Presidio is the final resting place for about 30,000 veterans and their families. Also in the Presidion, a diminutive pet cemetery commemorates the lost pets of military families on the former base, but is officially closed to visitors. While not technically a cemetery, the Columbarium, a grand structure built in 1898, houses about 8,000 urns with human cremains, and is eerily beautiful.

Haunted Locations in San Francisco

A walking tour is not your thing? You can always visit the most haunted locations in San Francisco.

Interested in owning your own spooky slice of San Francisco? Don't hesitate to give me a call!

Photo by Matthew Roth, on Flickr