As the second largest city in California, San Diego doesn’t want for beautiful and interesting tourist attractions. However, those looking for something a little more off-the-beaten-path often flock to San Diego’s many famously haunted locales. A tour of this city’s ghostly history will take you from classic haunted mansions to spooky goblin forests. Catch a thrill and learn firsthand about the history of San Diego at these haunted historical locations handpicked by the chill-seeking staff at the Pacific Inn, a comfortable and cheap Little Italy hotel.
Proctor Valley Road
This long and lonely dirt road takes you from Chula Vista to Jamul, and through some of the most haunted territory in California. For over a century this stretch of road has been home to many bleak stories of murder and madness, as well as rumors of a huge ape-like creature that leaves behind mysterious footprints. Occurrences on this road include everything from unexplained engine troubles to spectral hitchhikers.
William Heath Davis House
Just around the corner from several cheap Gaslamp Quarter hotels, you will find the William Heath Davis House. Constructed in 1850, this historic house is the oldest standing structure in downtown San Diego. Although the home was built by William Heath Davis as a family house, he never lived there and died in poverty. Today the house is a historic museum, and many visitors have reported seeing the ghost of a Victorian woman who supposedly haunts the building. A newspaper article in 1977 detailed the strange occurrence of lights flickering on and off during a time when the house still had no electricity and the lamps required a match to light.
San Pasqual Indian Cemetery
Located near the archaeological museum, this historical cemetery dates back to the earliest European invasions of the San Pasqual Valley. This highly traditional graveyard is rumored to be the resting place of the daughter of the last chieftain of the San Pasqual Indians, who lived to see the end of her people. The site is still cared for according to native tradition.
Questhaven Retreat and the Elfin Forest
This nature preserve and spiritual retreat has long been rumored to be the site of a mental hospital that burned down. Records confirm that the founder of the retreat did once house mental patients in a part of the retreat that burned down, and paranormal occurrences in the retreat and the adjacent Elfin Forest are frequently reported. The Elfin Forest is also the site of both modern and ancient ruins, and rich with psychic energy.
Mt. Woodson Castle
This bizarre house was designed and built by an eccentric and artistic woman named Irene Amy Strong, and completed in 1921 at the height of the Craftsman movement. The unique 27-room house has been associated with the occult ever since its completion, and has many ghostly rumors surrounding it, including being haunted by the creative spirit of Irene herself.
If you think you’re brave enough for a ghastly tour of San Diego, don’t hesitate to reserve your room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites (don’t worry, no ghost sightings here). Those spooky spots might scare you, but our low rates, easy booking, and flexible dates won’t! If you’re looking for an inexpensive room at a centrally located hotel near downtown San Diego, give us a call today at 1-800-571-2933 to book your room.