The Castro District, known otherwise as simply, "the Castro," is widely considered the United States' gay capital. Not only is it the largest, but also the country's first.

Regardless of a visitor's sexual orientation, the Castro is full of wonderful attractions, including the Castro Theatre, one of San Francisco's more popular movie palaces, complete with a world-class interior chandelier and designed with a colonial Spanish Baroque facade. 

Perhaps the area's most culturally significant landmark, the GLBT Historical Society includes a museum and archives documenting the history of the gay and lesbian communities in the U.S. Aside from its core purpose, the building also houses other interesting institutions including the Cartoon Art Museum, which features well over 6,000 different cartoons and comics, and the Catharine Clark Gallery, an exhibition including  different forms of media for contemporary, living artists.

Also be sure to check out Harvey Milk Plaza, named after the famous openly gay politician, commonly labeled the "martyr of gay rights."

Practical Info

The most efficient way to commute to the Castro District is via the MUNI Metro system, either by the L, K, or M line. For a more scenic and exciting experience you can also take the famous F Market streetcar line that will tour you through the Castro's lovely downtown area and Fisherman's Wharf.

Tours & Tickets

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Classic San Francisco Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore San Francisco’s defining districts and lesser-known neighborhoods on this 4.5 to 5-hour bike tour. During your approx. 12-mile (19.5-km) route, cycle ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4.5 to 5-hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 67 Reviews

Step out on a historical walking tour of San Francisco's internationally renowned gay neighborhood, the Castro. While walking you will learn about the history ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.99

Sights of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

See the best of San Francisco on this comprehensive (but easy) bike tour! Admire top San Francisco attractions including the Transamerica Pyramid, AT&T ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

The Radical San Francisco Walking Tour: Castro and Mission

Explore the social movements and hip neighborhoods that shaped San Francisco into the city it is today. Visit ground zero for Harvey Milk’s gay civil ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.00

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