- Walking tour of Beat Generation hangouts in San Francisco
- Admire famous Beat landmarks including City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio and The Cellar
- Learn all about the Beats and their influence from your informative guide
- See personal memorabilia from Beat icons such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg at the Beat Museum
What You Can Expect
Follow your guide into the streets of San Francisco to learn more about the lives of writers and visionaries such as On the Road author Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Ruth Weiss and Neal Cassady, and how they helped set the scene for the 1960s hippie movement. Your guide will share old photos of places that existed during the Beat Generation heyday and read literary excerpts referencing the historical sites on your tour.
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 Beat hangouts in Chinatown and places Beats once called home — including 1010 Montgomery, where Ginsberg wrote part of Howl.
Your 2-hour cultural tour concludes back at the Beat Museum (admission included). 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.