This article was published on May 22nd, 2016
The west coast has a long-standing reputation for liberal views. Diversity, freedom, and equality are openly accepted and celebrated. For decades, gay men have made the pilgrimage to San Francisco. It’s a city that has a long standing history of support for the LGBT community. It has played home to many LGBT advocates, including Harvey Milk.
Today, San Francisco continues to be a leading destination for LGBT visitors who flock to experience the famous Castro district, the most famous gaybourhood in North America. It was in the Castro where the gay community rallied together, to find their voice, and stand up for their equality rights. There was of course, raids and uproars from time-to-time, especially in the early days when being gay wasn’t accepted; however, today it’s a tight-knit community.
While the Castro is home to fantastic nightclubs, boutique restaurants and patios, shops, and parks, San Francisco offers a plethora of opportunities for LGBT visitors. Rich in history, San Francisco is a treasure-trove of fun and exciting activities. Whether you are visiting the city for just a day or two, or a week or longer, there are plenty of must-do activities.
High priority bucket list destination stops on your itinerary must include:
- Golden Gate National Recreational Area – incredible views of Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline.
- Alcatraz – Climb aboard Alcatraz Cruises and head to the notorious prison, once home to Al Capone, now a museum with audio tour.
- The Painted Ladies – A row of six Victorian-inspired townhouses, which were featured in the hit television show, Full House.
- Lands End – Waterfront hiking through wildflowers, with shipwreck views & access to the Sutro Baths ruins.
- Cable Cars – The San Francisco cable car system is the world’s last manually operated cable car system and a quintessential part of any visit.
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Accommodation choices in the Castro are limited. Most visitors stay in downtown hotels, which are located around premium shopping, Union Square, and popular restaurants. Park San Francisco is a stunning property, offering spectacular city views and a premium guest experience gay travellers have come accustomed to.
Need more trip ideas? San Francisco Travel has a host of pre-planned itineraries, whether you’re looking for a food adventure, fashion excursion, late-night shenanigans, or where to catch the locals.