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Haight Ashbury

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For people looking for a colorful street and vibrant atmosphere, Haight Ashbury is the place to be. This place consists of the neighborhood surrounding the junction of Haight and Ashbury Streets and remains one of the liveliest areas in San Francisco. You will find record stores here which include the famous Amoeba Music along with a host of bars, pubs and clubs for your entertainment. There are also many independent clothing stores and booksellers as well.

The street is ideal if you want to see a fusion of the sixties style pubs and the modern architecture. Though you would mostly find a trail of Victorian Houses that have been restored with the original ‘Painted Ladies’ style and mostly show off a pattern of three to four colors. In fact, The Red Victorian Hotel, constructed in 1904 is one of the most popular places to visit. The hotel also holds many World Conversation Cafes each year. The hotel is painted in blood red with hints of green and beige.

For visitors who come here in June, there is the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair. It is a great blend of live musical performances with delicious food and some dancing in the sun. You can feel the alternative American Culture and what all the Hippies used to connect themselves with. There is no other place in the world that pays such a tribute to the long gone culture. In fact, the Summer of Love was at its peak in Haight-Ashbury itself.

If you love music and punk rock, you can walk through the house of Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead. You can also visit the Randall Museum, Golden Gate Park and Buena Vista Park. The Kezar Stadium is also the home to the San Francisco Dragons. There is much to be explored in this area. Mostly, it would appeal to the modern Hippies and Victorian age lovers.

There are long ‘Postcard’ rows of Victorian Houses at Alamo Square. You must visit the Westerfield House and Chateau Tivoli to get the best glimpse of the Victorian architecture. The hippie followers can take part in the Flower Power Walk as well. Overall, it’s not a place to party hard but certainly a place to laze around on the streets after the party is over.

Location/Map: Haight-Ashbury San Francisco, CA 94117