If you equate San Francisco with all things peace, tie-dye and Summer of Love, this is the tour for you. While the focus is the famous hood's hippie roots, tons of interesting tidbits about the area's history are sprinkled in by the knowledgeable tour guides (i.e. in the early 1900s, the area drew visitors for the thrills of the hills with a popular amusement park ride called the Chutes that featured a log flume ride, landing in a pond). As you stroll a 12-block area from the tour's starting point (corner of Stanyan and Waller streets), you'll visit all the famous landmarks and learn the truth behind the lore. Highlights include the onetime locales of the Psychedelic Shop and Drogstore, and the still-operating Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic. But if you're like most, the coolest part of the tour will be ogling the homes of the famous residents who inhabited them back in the day. These include the Grateful Dead, Charles Manson, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin, among others. This tour is extremely popular so make sure to reserve in advance. Tours run Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9:30AM, Thursdays at 2PM and Fridays at 11AM.
- Venue Description:
Haight-Ashbury is a district in San Francisco named after the intersections of Haight and Ashbury Streets, known to many as The Haight. It encompasses the area from Golden Gate Park and Oak Street to Baker Street and the Buena Vista Park. This district is famous for its role in the 1960s hippies movement, and remains a popular tourist attraction for its bohemian vibe. Many restored Victorian houses can still be found gracing the streets in the neighborhood.