- 2-hour historical walking tour of North Beach in San Francisco, led by an entertaining guide
- Hear fascinating stories of neighborhood denizens, from Italian anarchists to Broadway Street’s adult entertainers
- Admire famous landmarks including City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio and The Cellar
- See personal memorabilia from Beat icons such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg at the Beat Museum
What You Can Expect
See City Lights Bookstore, co-founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who was involved in a high-profile obscenity trial for publishing Ginsberg's famous collection Howl and Other Poems. Check out Vesuvio, a bar frequented by Beats, and The Cellar, which was an influential jazz and poetry club. Pass by places Beats once called home — including 1010 Montgomery, where Ginsberg wrote part of Howl.
Your 2-hour cultural tour concludes at Washington Square Park but you can head back to the Beat Museum (admission included) after your adventure if you wish. Be sure to explore the first-edition manuscripts, letters and personal memorabilia at the museum on your own to learn more about the influential and passionate lives of the Beat Generation.
Ryan did a great tour. He brought us North Beach and the Beat very close. Thanks, we really enjoyed it.
Ok, so if I could give this tour more stars I would. If you want to know more about the Beat Gen and San Fran - please do this tour. They charge you so little and they actually provide you so much more than they describe on Viator. Ryan, our tour guide, is a fount of knowledge when it comes to Beat writing, the Beat Generation hot spots and their writing.
Ryan takes you to their old haunts and gives you insights into their lives, influences, loves, vices and writing. He knows the ins and outs of the area (he also does the foodie / restaurant tours and gave us some great restaurant suggestions). Also, the guy is hilarious. The museum itself is amazing and inside is the original car from On the Road - filth and all. The owner is welcoming and attentive. They have some amazing Beat artifacts, books and media available (it has its own little makeshift cinema). I purchased some amazing things from the museum, like a poster that I absolutely fell in love with. Brandon, who also works in the Museum, was kind enough to wrap it up nicely and it survived the entire trip (about 8 + flights) in my bag - thank you dude! I will be framing it and hanging it up in my new apartment in Sydney, Aus.
Ryan also suggested that we go to two restuarants one in a Lighthouse (below sea level) and another on Mission St called La Taqueria. Both were EXCELLENT.
My friends and I loved this tour. I know I will be back soon and will be visiting there again.