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San Francisco’s Best Neighborhoods

By Viator, June 2014

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In a city that’s only seven miles by seven miles, finding the best San Francisco neighborhood isn’t as tough as you might think. Whether you’re fresh out of college and looking to party, or are happier walking the streets window-shopping, San Francisco has got the neighborhoods to please.

The Castro – Once dairy farms and dirt roads, today’s Castro is a bustling iconic center of one of San Francisco’s most famous neighborhoods. Noted for its gay rights activism in the 1960s and 70s including the rise to power and eventual assassination of Harvey Milk, Castro is a hotbed of culture, civil rights activism, and lovingly restored Victorian houses. A nice number of good restaurants here too.

Fisherman’s Wharf – Internationally ranked as tourist destination #1 in San Francisco, the Fisherman’s Wharf abuts the Embarcadero and Financial District and is, in essence a bustling hub of seafood and sights. Come here to explore the waterfront, see the famous (infamous) San Francisco sea lions, and enjoy fresh caught Dungeness crabs before making way to the Presidio, Embarcadero, and Market Street.

The Haight – The Haight was made famous for its intersection of Ashbury, and now this iconic intersection has helped to define a neighborhood, nay, a generation. Where the hippies became prominent, where Janis Joplin preferred to lay her guitar down, and even where Charles Manson tried to convince kids of his sociopathic lunacy, the Haight Ashbury neighborhood was (and is) the last hippie stronghold in San Francisco. Today, apart from people watching at one of the area’s amazing gastro-pubs, the Upper Haight offers more moneyed window shopping, while the Lower Haight is where urban kids hit the record shops and dance clubs.

Nob Hill – Nob Hill is easily one of San Francisco’s signature neighborhoods, famous for its moneyed influence, beautiful hotels, and popular landmarks. Far from stuffy, Nob Hill’s surrounding area help diversify the blue blood and so it remains a popular tourist destination for its “stuck in time” charm and funky bars that adjoin the Tenderloin District.

Tenderloin – Shaking off a decades-long reputation of bad-repute, the Tenderloin has been undergoing a facelift as of late. For this reason, it is one of the last bastions of hidden gems in the city. Look for great live music here, as well as delicious corner restaurants, unpretentious bars, and unbelievable Vietnamese cooking.

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Ride the Magic Bus: A 1960s-Era San Francisco Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 71 Reviews

On this fun-filled historical city tour, hop aboard the Magic Bus that will transport you to 1960s San Francisco. Become a part of the Beatnik generation, see ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00

Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Combine wonderful scenery with local food culture on this bike tour through San Francisco. Enjoy a fun, leisurely bike ride through San Francisco’s diverse, ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

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

Nob Hill Walking Tour in San Francisco with Optional Lunch

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Reviews

For more than a century, San Francisco’s Nob Hill has been associated with the upper crust, the ‘beau monde.’ Take a guided walking tour to admire the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 1.5 or 2.5-hours

From USD $40.00

San Francisco Food Tour of Haight-Ashbury

Explore the eclectic culinary scene of Haight-Ashbury and nearby Cole Valley in San Francisco on this behind-the-scenes food walking tour with plenty to entice ...  Read more

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

From USD $90.00

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