Top 10 WITCHY Vacation Spots in the U.S. from Salem to San Fran
I don’t know about you, but I’m a Sagittarius and I love to travel. I have that wanderlust blood that tends to boil if I don’t leave my home-state at least three times a year. Each time I choose a vacation, I pick a destination that ties into my spiritual path of witchcraft. Typically this means historical locations, beautiful natural landmarks, and new age communities. If you’re a modern witch and love to travel, time to book your next witchy vacation at one of our top 10 spots in the U.S.!
1. Salem, MA
What? You didn’t expect me to say Salem, did you? In all seriousness, I’ve been to Salem, MA and absolutely adored it. It gets a bad rap by people online, but the truth is – I enjoyed being in such a historical place it didn’t matter if there were “cheesy” witch shops or not. There are also legitimate witchcraft shops, REAL witches who run those shops, delicious food (don’t get me started on the lobster rolls), and lots of haunted and historical sites to see. Don’t skip out on our number one witchy vacation spot!
2. New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is another witchy vacation spot in the U.S. that people either adore or hate. If you’re a witch or interested in the occult, you’ll probably love it. New Orleans is known for its myriad of unsettled spirits, including the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Voodoo and hoodoo take up a home in this city below the sea AND the ghosts walk freely day or night. Check out the LaLaurie House, the Garden District, the Voodoo shops and historical parks. Plus, you can’t beat the Cajun cuisine.
3. Savannah, GA
This Sagittarius witch is visiting Savannah, GA NEXT WEEK people! I couldn’t be more excited! If you are a witch who enjoys haunted houses and spirit work, Savannah is said to be the most haunted city in the United States. Stay at the Marshall House Hotel (one of the most haunted locations in the city) and meet a little girl ghost. Eat at the Pirate House or Old Pink House to dine with the undead. There are ghost tours that detail the history and hauntings of the city PLUS talk about Hoodoo and the Gullah people’s folk magic traditions.
4. Sedona, AZ
One of my favorite witchy vacation spots in the U.S. is Sedona, AZ. It’s known to be a hotbed for spiritual and otherworldly activity. The entire city is filled with new agers and magical folks, as well as the shops and businesses they run. Want to go on a crystal shopping spree? This is the place to do it. Then hike up a few red rock formations to charge yourself at a spiritual vortex. Maybe you’ll meet a shaman…or an alien (as some people claim!)
5. New York City, NY
Why is New York City a top witchy vacation spot on our list? The witchcraft community is booming in the Big Apple, that’s why. If you can handle the city hustle and bustle, there are all kinds of witchcraft, conjure and metaphysical shops throughout the city. Do you have any Irish ancestors who came through Ellis Island? Take a ferry to the spot where your ancestors landed in this country. NYC is such a great place for witches to eat, soak up the culture, visit historical sites and shop! I truly enjoyed my trip to New York.
6. San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is one of our top witchy vacation spots for a couple of reasons. First, it has a large witchcraft community as evidenced by the DOZENS of occult shops around the city. Next, the famous haunted Queen Anne Hotel and the infamous ghost Miss Mary Lake. Stay at the Victorian Queen Anne Hotel and stay in the haunted Mary Lake suite to catch a glimpse of the woman in white (who supposedly was into “black magic” according to some sources). Take a road trip from San Fran to San Jose and visit the Winchester Mystery House – a mansion that continually “grows” and changes even after the woman of the house’s death.
7. Tampa Bay, FL
Good ol’ Tampa Bay, FL. What an awesome witchy city with so much to do! Chill on the nearby Clearwater or St. Pete Beaches, then do some shopping at one of the dozens of metaphysical shops in the Bay area. Go for a ghost tour in Tampa’s historic district known as Ybor City, which also has a history of Afro-Cuban Santeria and other magical traditions. OR go for a ghost tour in St. Petersburg. Also, try out a dolphin-watching boat or see the manatees at Crystal River (an hour’s drive from Tampa).
8. Portland, OR
There’s a spot in Portland, OR called the “Mystic District” with 3 metaphysical shops on one block. People say when you come to Portland, you can feel the “magic” in the air. With lots of open-minded and nature-centered individuals, it’s no wonder Portland is a destination and residence for many witches and pagans. There are dozens of witch “meet-ups” and open pagan circles to try out while you’re visiting! And don’t forget to stop in the (albeit not authentic) but kitschy and fun Voodoo Doughnuts Shop on SW 3rd Ave.
9. Charleston, SC
Did you know there were people tried for heresy and witchcraft in Charleston, SC in the eighteenth century almost a hundred years after the Salem Witch Trials? In addition to having a history of witch trials and folk magic, Charleston is one of America’s oldest cities and is also reportedly quite haunted. I hear the food is something to write home about, too! Any wanderlusting witch would be smart to take a witchy vacation to Charleston, SC.
10. Asheville, NC
Another spot in the conservative Carolinas you wouldn’t expect to be on the list, but it is…Asheville, NC! First of all, if you go to Asheville you have to tour the famous Biltmore house. It’s haunted, it’s beautiful and it has quite a few cool events to attend especially around Halloween and Christmas. There are quite a few witchcraft covens and pagan fellowships in Asheville. Stop to shop at Asheville’s Raven and Crone on Merrimen Ave. And, again, don’t forget to stuff your witchy face with some amazing southern food!