San Francisco is one of the country’s most haunted places known with its legacy of earthquakes, island prisons and fantastic fortunes. If you are planning for a haunted day trip, these thrilling places along the San Francisco Bay will definitely make your Halloween an unforgettable one.
This old lighthouse is one the city’s most popular attractions near the Fisherman’s Wharf. Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse in the Western United States and also known as the housing convicts such as Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. It is located a mile and a half miles from Fisherman’s Wharf which offers a tour of the cell house where visitors can see the prisoners lived. To purchase tickets, view the schedule and/or for more information, visit the Alcatraz Cruises web site at http://www.alcatrazcruises.com.
Angel Island is less crowded and less expensive than Alcatraz. You can have “one-stop-shop” of day trip getaways, historical tours, hiking, and biking. Plan you itinerary by starting your adventure with the 9:45am ferry and catch the 3pm ferry back to the city. Main spots you can visit includes the Immigration Station, North Ridge Trail that will lead you to Mt. Livermore and Fire Road Trail. For more information, visit angelisland.org.
Sutro Baths was opened to public in 1896 and considered the world’s largest indoor swimming establishments with seven pools, one fresh water pond and 6 saltwater baths of varying temperatures with a combined capacity of 10,000 visitors. Due to great depression, the baths’ popularity and the facility was converted to an ice skating rink in an attempt to attract a new generation of visitors. But sooner the SUtro Baths was closed in the 1960’s. Although it was closed to publics but they say that it was never closed to ghosts. Brave adventurers who sneak into the ruins at night may catch the screams of site’s rumored human sacrifices echoing through the abandoned tunnels.
Originally published in www.huffingtonpost.com
MARE ISLAND NAVAL SHIPYARD
Known as a peninsula more than an island situated alongside Vallejo bordered by the San Pablo Bay and Napa River. It was launched in the 1850’s which eventually closed in 1996, turned out and serviced ships for nearly 150 years. But these days, Mare island is considered a ghost town because of the long-empty mansions stand at attention on Officer’s Row and St. Peter’s Chapel. A 3-hour tour is available (suggested donation $14 for adults/$5 for kids) on most days, and affords glimpses at several ships being restored.Visit the tour site for more details and reservations.
Originally published in Trip Advisor
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