Exploring Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco | travel

by - October 12, 2014

Haight-Ashbury is one of the world's most famous 'Hippie' spots. It's rich in political, cultural and musical history and not only is a huge part of the history of San Francisco, but still represents a huge section of the San Franciscan mentality still to this day. If you're visiting the city, I hugely recommend setting a day to just roam and explore the area and take in the awesome subculture this neighbourhood has to offer.

On a recent visit to San Francisco, I discovered the 'suggested walks' in the back of the Lonely Planet pocket guides. In in SF guide, one of the walks is through Haight-Ashbury and I think it was the perfect way to explore the area.

The thing with the guided walks it not only does it allow you to hit all of the main spots, it takes you a route you may not have gone and explains all the little things you would probably have missed if you weren't looking at the points along the map. 

Although, no matter how you experience this crazy place, you can't avoid the culture and experience it all makes a little more sense and is even a little more fun when you can imagine back in the 60's where is all began. 

My favourite things from the guide were the houses or squats that I would have definitely had no idea about, that some of the worlds most famous or iconic musicians once lived in such as, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

Another thing that's great to use the suggested walks for, is they're a great way to tackle an area you really want to see but can seem overwhelming, it gives you a start point and then you can find your way. In areas where there are tours I would even recommend them over that purely because you can spend as much or as little time in each point that you want to.

Most of all, enjoy this wonderful place, through yourself in, throw personal values out the window for just a morning and embrace it all and most of all, don't be intimidated by what is around you, everyone there, no matter how they may seem is mostly all about the love. Even the seemingly intimidating group that gather under to 4:20 clock pointed me to the best spot to get a picture, they're proud of their culture so take it all in.

Until next time, 



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