This article was published on November 13th, 2016
The ultimate gaycation destination has to be San Francisco. It has everything for everybody, and more. It delivers time and time again on every front, and it is simply the most fabulous city to spend your hard earned vacation time.
San Francisco has become such a hot gaycation destination, not just because there is world class dining, night life, art and culture and enough sight seeing to keep even the most ardent tourist happy; but San Francisco is considered the home of the modern day gay rights movement and the site of important LGBT history. As far back as the 1960s it was dubbed as being the gay capital of the world and has continued to remain one of the most important sights for gay rights and most LGBT friendly spots in the world.
The Castro was the first ever, and remains one of the most important gaybourhoods in the world. Today the Castro is a vibrant and buzzing gay district, packed with everything that makes the LGBT community fabulous, diverse, open, creative, innovative and generally an excellent community. From cafes and bars, restaurants and shops, art galleries and historical hotspots, there is really is something for everyone in the Castro. You could pretty much spend your entire trip in the Castro and not once leave the neighbourhood. The Castro district also the home to many iconic faces of the LGBT community, including Sister Roma, Mr. Pam, Blue Bailey, and more! It makes celebrity spotting a lot of fun.
If you are looking to venture out into the greater expanse of San Francisco, you will most certainly not be disappointed. Take a stroll along Pier 39 for boutique shopping, restaurants, and entertainment, discover the oddities at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and explore the city on the equally iconic vintage cable cars and transit system. Take a tour of Alcatraz to relive the darker side of the cities past or take a bay cruise with Blue and Gold Fleet to see San Francisco from the water, go under the Golden Gate Bridge, and circle Alcatraz.
Wine lovers will be rejoicing with a visit to Sonoma Valley. Rixos Limousine offers a spectacular 8-hour tour in luxury, including a visit to a National park to see giant old growth cedars, and time to stop in at over a dozen wineries to experience plenty of tastings. There’s also a fantastic cheese shop, an ice cream parlour, chocolate shop, and plenty of restaurants in the village. Best part, you don’t even have to drive home!
Need somewhere to stay? The Hotel Griffon is a simply gorgeous hotel waterfront boutique hotel with a ton of old world charm. After something a little more modern? The super sleek Park Central Hotel is 100% the one for you, with a focus on incredible service in the heart of downtown. And for those wanting a hotel with a more boutique feel, look no further than The Marker, a simply stunning and super cute and quirky hotel who have got the personal touch down to a tee.
Plan your gaycation to San Francisco today. For the best deals on the activities and adventures for your ultimate gaycation in San Francisco, pick up a CityPass and a Go Card. You are going to have so much fun!