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 15+ spots in the U.S.!
Before you choose a location for your witchy vacation, figure out what vibe you’re going for. Do you want to stay right in the city, where you can walk to restaurants, shops and historic sites? Or would you prefer the beach to make beautiful sea magic with the elementals? Maybe you don’t want either and would prefer a magical weekend in the mountains. Whatever your vibe, we have some witchy recommendations below. So read on!
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. Make sure you take a trip to the town of Danvers nearby, as it was the original Salem proper. Don’t skip out on our number one witchy vacation spot!
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.
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. My mom and I went one year and brought ghosts home with us. Learn more about our Savannah adventures here.
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.
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.
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). Or kayak the Weedon Island nature preserve for a truly out-of-this-world experience.
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.
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.
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!
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!) Or a cult. Be careful of the cults out there, folks. We literally stayed in an AIRBNB owned by a cult (we reserved it unknowingly then found out later).
Just seven miles from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg is a scenic spot in Tennessee. If you’re looking for an AirBNB getaway that takes you to a serene cabin overlooking a valley, this is your witchy vacation. You can stay just out of town or in town, your choice! Either way, you’re close to restaurants and shops in the city proper AND in the middle of all of the magical hiking of the Great Smokies. Connecting with the ancestors and mountain spirits is inevitable.
I’ve heard so many good things about Arkansas. Seriously! There’s apparently a plethora of untouched, gorgeous landscape in the Hot Springs State. Hence, why we’re listing Hot Springs, AR here for an enchanting witchy vacation. Apparently, you can stay in the town of Hot Springs, AR and visit the Hot Springs National Park daily to hike and soak in the natural hot springs there. As witches, we know the healing properties of thermal hot springs…so why not partake? At the very least, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
There are beautiful beaches on both the east and west coast. One of our favorite witchy vacations involves an extended trip to Half Moon Bay, California. Just 30 miles away from San Francisco, this beach is one of the country’s absolute best. Some of the beaches here are even surrounded by rocky cliffs, giving your beach day a little more privacy and splendor.
While it might not be on every travel list online, Cocoa Beach, Florida is a great spot to relax and enjoy the larger wave of the Atlantic Ocean. One of the best things about this witchy vacation is you can stay directly on the beach and be in walking distance to restaurants, bars and shops in the area. Check out the Ron Jon Surf Shop for souvenirs, swimsuits, and such.
If you’re a fan of making magic at the beach AND love wildlife, Assateague Island is a 37 mile long barrier island off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia. It’s not only beautiful and peaceful, it has WILD horses! You read that right. There are multiple places to camp, if you want to reconnect with nature. And don’t be surprised if you leave your tent in the morning and see a wild stallion standing ten feet away. Every horse lover’s dream witchy vacay!
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