If you're going to San Francisco, you may want to skip a couple of the lame tourist attractions and go for an attraction with some bite to it!
Slip on some frightful fangs (unless you have your own which push through age-old gums on a full moon after a midnight howl) and take a trek up to Taylor & California Streets on a weekend night to mingle with the madding crowds as they tour Vampire haunts.
Although folks around the country are familiar with the tony environs of San Francisco's Nob Hill (which has been an exclusive playground for the rich and famous for over a century) few are keen to the fact that beneath all the staid old wealth and opulence blood-sucking creatures of the eerie restless dawn reside in tunnels below the bustling city streets.
Mina Harker - an alleged 127-year-old vampire - swears to the fact.
In fact, Ms. Harker is a driving force behind the macabre tours which were created by quirky playwright (don't let that get your goat!) Kitty Burns, and which are all the rage!
Each week, without fail, Mina guides visitors on a two-hour nighttime adventure that combines Nob Hill history with vampire fantasy.
During stops at the - Nob Hill Cafe, Huntington Park, Pacific Union Club, Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels - tour members learn about San Francisco's intriguing history and vampire lore.
Locals have rated the Vampire Tour a dramatic 4 star event worth catching if you're in the Bay area.
Friday and Saturday nights
(@ 8:00 p.m.)
(Starts at the corner of California & Taylor Streets)
Gothic Style sought out by Vampire Lovers!