1. Oxford Saloon, Snohomish
Start your adventure with a late morning meal at one of Washington’s most notoriously haunted spots. Built in 1900, the Oxford Saloon was once known as Blackman’s Dry Goods store before becoming a saloon and a bordello. There have been numerous ghost sightings here, including the spirit of a police officer who was murdered during a bar fight and that of a local businesswoman named Kathleen. The Washington State Ghost Society has performed several investigations here and gotten some strong EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena).
2. 5 Mile Drive, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma
Drive down to Tacoma and cruise around Point Defiance Park, where you might be joined by the ghost of a girl who disappeared in the 1980s at the age of 12 while riding her bike at the park. Her body was discovered later, and the killer was never caught. Several people have said they’ve seen a girl riding her bike alone who vanishes when they get close to her.
3. Bigelow House Museum, Olympia
This historic mansion is the oldest house in the city of Olympia. Employees closing the museum at night have apparently seen the apparition of a distinguished gentleman who disappears when approached. They believe it is Daniel Bigelow himself, the pioneer lawyer and politician who lived in the home.
4. Billy’s Bar & Grill, Aberdeen
Head to Aberdeen and have dinner at Washington’s most haunted restaurant. It’s named after Billy Gohl, the old secretary of the sailor’s union. Billy used to befriend sailors and then brutally murder them. If you look behind the bar and catch a glimpse of a stern-faced man who seems to have disappeared when you look again, you’ve probably seen Billy himself.
5. Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort, Long Beach
Drive to the coast and rent one of the older cabins at Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort for the night. There has been so much paranormal activity here that the cabins have journals for guests to write down their stories. Some people find furniture completely rearranged when they return from a day at the beach, some have TVs that turn on and off by themselves, empty rocking chairs rock, and words are whispered into guests’ ears when they’re sleeping.
6. Olympic Club Hotel, Centralia
The next day, head to Centralia and check out the Olympic Club Hotel. Now owned by the McMenamins group, this historic hotel and saloon has a very grisly past. It was the scene of several murders, and guests and employees have spotted apparitions in almost every part of the place. Strange voices have also been heard in “empty” rooms.
7. Black Diamond Cemetery
On your way back home, stop at the Black Diamond Cemetery. A phantom white horse and ghostly swinging lanterns have been spotted here, and some people swear they’ve heard the whistling of long-deceased coal miners.