Ghosts…Ghouls…Ghastly Good Times—on a Charter Bus!
Summer’s over and you’ve been back at the grind for weeks…it’s time for an adventure to get your blood flowing again. How about a trip to some of the most haunted places along the West Coast? From Washington to San Diego and in between, there’s plenty to get your heart pumping, to put a big old lump in your throat. But what fun is a haunted house without friends or family along. Whether it’s just a few other fright freaks or an army of adventurers, there’s no better way to explore the scariest places along the Pacific than on a charter bus from BusRental.com. You can hang out with friends and family (or hide under the seats) while we take care of all the details.
Not for the Faint of Heart!! The Best Haunted Experiences on the West Coast
With its storied history encompassing many cultures, it’s no surprise that the West Coast offers some of the most authentic and harrowing haunted homes, hotels and hospitals, as well as other establishments. Here are some of the scariest—
- Creepy in California
The Golden State could just as easily be known as the “ghoul-don” state, with seemingly no end to haunted places and events. If you’re bringing along some lightweights, consider the Cemetarium Haunted House, in Citrus Heights, near the Sunrise Mall northeast of Sacramento. With three different attractions—Zombie Heights, Psycho Circus and the namesake Cemetarium, this eerie abode has more than 35,000 square feet of scare, and offers family friendly frights as well as full-scale spookiness for only the bravest.
A little further south, in Madera (not far from Fresno), they’ve been terrifying folks in the cornfields every fall for years. If you’re looking for one of the top mazes in California, you’ll love the Black-Out Maze.
The Whaley House, in San Diego, has been dubbed “the most haunted house in America” by Life Magazine. According to legend, the house boasts a number of apparitions, from members of the Whaley family to the ghost of a man hanged on the location before the house was built.
In Los Angeles County, there’s the Lincoln Heights Jail, reportedly haunted by the ghosts of seven inmates who were assaulted by guards during the infamous Bloody Christmas beatings, fictionalized in the book and film L.A. Confidential.
- Washington’s Weird Wonders
The Pacific Northwest has long been a place of the site of many ghostly activities. One of the state’s most well-known historical landmarks, the Campbell House, in Spokane, is believed to house the ghost of little Amasa Basaliel Campbell, kidnapped and never seen again in the early 1900s (three of Amasa’s siblings were murdered by the intruder). The eyes on Amasa’s portrait are said to follow visitors as they tour the house.
In Ollalla, near Seattle, there’s the Starvation Heights Sanitarium, where the method of treatment was just as the name suggests—owners Linda Hazzard and her husband Sam sought to cure their patients’ ills by depriving them of food. Not surprisingly, many of them died—their bodies were burned and buried on the premise to hide the misdoings, but reportedly still roam the grounds in spirit form.
Of course, if you’re just looking to get the living daylights scared out of you, there are lots of sinister places to visit, from Fright Factory Haunted House in Buckley to the Stalker Farms in Snohomish to Hell’s Gateway Haunted House in Tacoma.
- Oregon Occult
Oregon has its fair share of Halloween attractions, with some entire towns considered to be haunted. Take the municipality of Independence (southwest of Salem), where the ghost of Lenora has been reported by locals and visitors alike. According to legend, Lenora met and fell in love with a soldier in the early days of the War to End All Wars. When her beau died in battle less than a week after they met, she threw herself through the plate glass skylight at the Mangiare Italian Restaurant, leaving a stain that’s still there.
You can also visit the Oregon Caves Chateau, in Cave Junction, where the spirit of Elizabeth occupies the halls both day and night. History reports that she leapt to her death from Room 301 after discovering her husband in an illicit liaison with a chambermaid.
The Hot Lakes Hotel and Hot Springs, in La Grande (near the Umatilla National Forest in northeast Oregon) was holy land for Native Americans before settlers built the hotel in the 1840s. Later the site of an insane asylum, the hotel is home to both Native American and other ghosts. Many staff members and guests have heard piano music, though there’s no piano on the premises. Others have seen the ghost of a gardener who committed suicide on the property. Officials also report an alarmingly high rate of motor vehicle accidents in the vicinity of the hotel.
- Other West Coast Haunts
Just inside Arizona and a couple hours east of San Diego, you can visit the Yuma Territorial Prison, where more than 100 prisoners died inside the walls (and where their ghosts are said to congregate). It’s a state historical park—maybe the most macabre in the country—a place where you can go into the “dark cell,” where inmates in solitary were bolted to the walls.
Head north to Alaska—to the Alaskan Hotel, where a gold miner’s wife is said to be walking the halls. Legend has it that her husband was gone so long that she became a lady of the evening to support herself, only to have her husband show up and kill her.
BusRental.com Has the Ideal Coach for Your Trip
Regardless of the size of your entourage, we can set you up with the perfect charter bus. Our Executive Sprinter Van seats up to 15 comfortably, and there’s ample space for luggage and all your personal items, including souvenirs. For slightly larger outings, consider our mini-van, which accommodates anywhere from 24 to 35 passengers. But there’s really no limit to the size of your group—our largest buses hold up to 57 passengers and multiple rentals are always an option.
Why You Want to Visit the West Coast’s Top Haunts by Charter Bus
When you’re bringing a number of people anywhere, there’s no mode of transportation that offers the features and benefits you’ll get with a charter bus rental from BusRental.com:
- You’ll be safe and secure—Our drivers have regular and extensive training, so they have the skills respond swiftly and appropriately to any type of situation. In addition, because there’s only one way on and off your coach, you won’t have to worry that unknown persons will come on board—you and your belongings will be secure.
- You’ll have a “one-of-a-kind” experience—You won’t have to choose from a limited number of options, going the same places everyone else goes and seeing the same things. Just tell us where you want to go, when you want to be there, how long you want to stay and when you want to return, and we’ll handle everything. Because we have access to a vast network of charter bus service providers, we usually have the capability to make last minute changes, and may even be able to book an entire trip with relatively little notice.
- You won’t have to worry about delays or cancellations—Our buses are carefully maintained, minimizing the risk of mechanical breakdown, so there are rarely delays or cancellations.
- There’s no more stress-free form of travel— All those things you hate about other modes of travel—running for a connection, losing your luggage, standing in a security line for half an hour—there’s none of that with a charter bus. You won’t have to take your shoes off, be subjected to x-ray screening or have to leave your favorite toiletries behind. When you choose a charter bus for your travel needs, you’ll be on the same coach throughout your trip, so you won’t have worry about missing a connection. In addition, because your luggage is with you at all times, there’s no such thing as lost bags. You won’t have to put your phone on “bus mode,” either In fact, there’s Wifi on most of our buses, as well as charging stations and ports for your iPod or iPad. You can have your devices on at all times, and you’ll never have an attendant telling you to get off your phone.
- You’ll relax in comfort and luxury—Charter buses offer more room in front of the seats than any other mode of transportation. The seats are comfy, too. There’s plenty of room to move about the aisles, which you can do at any time.
- Charter bus travel is the most affordable way to go anywhere—Charter bus travel is unquestionably the most cost-effective way to travel with a group. With the money you save, you can bring back lots of cool stuff.
- Charter bus travel is environmentally conscious—It’s simple mathematics—if you all travel in the same bus, that’s fewer emissions and a smaller carbon impact on the planet.
Book a Weekend Charter Bus Trip with BusRental.com Today
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