Haight-Ashbury San Francisco

Claire's Itchy Feet
Written By Claire's Itchy Feet

Hi! I'm Claire an avid traveler and Digital Nomad. At 34 I sold all my worldly possessions that wouldn’t fit into 3 boxes or in my backpack and hit the road.

San Francisco has been the birthplace for many counterculture movements. in the 1960s Haight-Ashbury was right in the middle of the hippy movement thanks to its summer of love.

There are so many things to see here but I like to start by taking a walk down Haight street and soak up the atmosphere. There are plenty of shops to browse in - don't miss Amoeba Records, the many thrift shops, and vintage clothing boutiques.

Once you have finished window shopping it's time to turn off the main street to take a look at the beautifully preserved Victorian houses. There are so many of them in this area... including a few who once had some very famous residents.

The best way to really explore the Haight, is to do a walking tour. I did one with Frankincisco (pictured below) and he took me around to all of the famous locations and shared the local history with me. Although you can find all of these places alone, it is much easier to do it with a guide. Plus you get a lot more information. The three most famous residents are Janice Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and of course Jimmy Hendricks.

Book a tour with Frankincisco (tours in German and English)

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