A lantern illuminates a pen lying across a sheet of paper serving as a guest register.

Haunted San Diego

Everyone loves a good ghost story. San Deigo’s claim to creepy fame is home to the “Most Haunted House in America”, but like any historic city, the shivers don’t stop there–a self-guided ghost tour of its creepiest locales is a great way to take in the sights and learn its history. From strange sightings to unexplained noises, here are the spooks and spirits, ghosts and ghouls of haunted San Diego.

La‘ie Point State Wayside. Photo © Robert Lindsell, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Sightseeing Kualoa to La‘ie, O‘ahu

Sightseeing Kualoa to La‘ie is incredibly varied, from exploring out-of-the-way areas to all kinds of informative tours and outdoor adventures—you won’t find any tourist traps here.

‘Iolani Palace, with its glass and ironwork imported from San Francisco and its Corinthian columns, is the only true royal palace in America.

Best Sights in Downtown Honolulu

The best sights in downtown Honolulu are steeped in Hawaii’s political history. Those interested in architecture will find plenty to capture their interest, especially in America’s only true royal palace and a New England-style church built from hand-harvested coral.

The Iron County Courthouse in Crystal Falls, Michigan.

Michigan’s Iron County Heritage Trail

There are 12 stops along Michigan’s Iron County Heritage Trail, a path of historic places scattered throughout the county. The Iron County Historical Museum is a highlight, as a rambling, funky, and homegrown museum with an eclectic blend of local history and culture . Other sites include a courthouse, church, historic sites, and more museums.

Each of the 385 rooms in the Grand Hotel is decorated differently. Photo © Lembi Buchanan/123rf.

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel

The iconic Grand Hotel, a gracious edifice built on a scale appropriate to its name, has become practically synonymous with Mackinac Island. One of the last vestiges of the bygone Gilded Age’s opulence, it’s one of the largest summer resorts in the world, operating from early April through late October.

A National Museum of Bermuda exhibit showcases the legacy of shipwrecks.

National Museum of Bermuda

Bermuda’s largest and most-visited attraction, the National Museum of Bermuda combines a spectacular property with historic buildings and fascinating exhibits, artifacts, and cultural heritage displays. The site has been restored to its 19th-century military footprint encompassing all the fortifications of the Dockyard and historic buildings within, including the dramatic Northwest Rampart, linking the Keep fortress with the Casemate Barracks.

The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail system stretches over half the island.

Following the King’s Trail in Kohala

A conglomeration of several trails, the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail system stretches over half the island. The National Park Service is working on improving the usability of these trails even more, but for now, there is about a 15-mile section that one can easily follow, with various access points depending on how long you wish to explore.

A pair of cyclists following the Railway Trail in Bermuda.

Exploring Bermuda’s Railway Trail

Stretching the length of the island, the Railway Trail provides a serene 20-mile artery through Bermuda’s parishes, safely away from trafficked thoroughfares. Try two of the best sections on foot or bicycle.

The Alakoko Fishpond tells the story of Hawaiian history and myths.

Sightseeing in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i

While Lihu‘e certainly has some amazing sights to see, such as a beautifully preserved plantation and truly inspiring museum architecture, the stories behind the sights make them worth the time to fully experience.

Near the end of Lawa‘i Road is the south side’s claim to fame, the explosive Spouting Horn.

Sightseeing in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i

Sightseeing in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i is wonderfully varied, including wonders of nature such as Spouting Horn and incredible sunset viewpoints, as well as a historically informative trail to explore for a good dose of culture and activity.