Haight-Ashbury is one of the most famous neighborhoods in San Francisco. The neighborhood is most famous for its role as a center of the 1960s hippie movement, reaching a peak in 1967, the "Summer of Love". With this liberal backdrop, modern American counterculture has been synonymous with San Francisco and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood ever since.
The area still maintains its bohemian vibe, and it's fun just to people watch. In one afternoon you can see a mix of aging flower children, former Dead-heads, musicians, tourists, homeless people, and hip urban professionals going about their day.
The neighborhood is also a thriving center of restaurants, bars, trendy clothing boutiques, booksellers, head shops, and record stores. It's also home to the famous Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream shop, located at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets.
Other attractions in the surrounding blocks are the The Red Victorian hotel, the 'Painted Ladies' Victorian houses, and Golden Gate Park. Haight-Ashbury is a vibrant center filled with all sorts of non-tourist attractions. Spend a day strolling the neighborhood, and watch its intoxicating human theater unfold.
Our very accomplished driver, Greg, took us all over the streets of San Francisco pointing out the important sites all along the way. We were able to get off the bus and walk onto the Golden Gate Bridge which was a real thrill. We did not care for the stop for lunch. We were told to bring it back to the bus, but luckily finished ours before the bus left. Eating on the bus would have been challenging. We walked the streets of Haight Ashbury and saw the Grateful Dead house. We were then dropped off at the Wharf, had lunch, and boarded the Alcatraz Ferry. This tour was such an incredible experience. The headsets are so easy to use and available in so many languages. One of the best tours I have ever been on. These tours are well run from pick up to drop off at the hotel. Highly recommended!!!!
Review by Bonnie D, July 2012
Doing what: Ride the Magic Bus: A 1960s-Era San Francisco Tour
Groovy. What a fun way to visit (or revisit) the 60's era in San Francisco! The tour was very informative and entertaining, never a dull moment. The guide was a treat, who gave us treats! The bus was magical!
The 60's was a unique time in our national history and so much of the social activity at that time took place in San Francisco. Riding the Magic Bus through Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park wearing a flower in my hair and listening to Janis Joplin made my SF visit complete. Just ride the Magic Bus! It's a trip, man.
Review by The Source, October 2011
Didn't expect to find much on Haight Ashbury, pleasantly surprised the neighborhood is still vibrant. Be sure to walk to the end of the road and visit the park, groovy spot for a weekend wander.
Haight-Ashbury is in the Upper Haight section of the Haight neighborhood, near Golden Gate Park. The neighborhood itself generally is bounded by Stanyan Street and Golden Gate Park on the west, Oak Street and the Golden Gate Park Panhandle on the north, Baker Street and Buena Vista Park to the east and Frederick Street and Ashbury Heights and Cole Valley neighborhoods to the south. Haight-Ashbury is easily accessible by public transportation.