Filled with queer history, a free-spirited vibes and currently one of top tech hotspots in the country, it welcomes a mix of travelers and dwellers that help create its diverse, come-as-you-are, laidback attitude. Nowadays, its gay population per capita is one of the highest in the world. Still, the compact city only covers 47 square miles and has great public transit expelling the need for a car. Many San Franciscans walk, bike, car share and use public transit to get where they need to go.
Download one of the many transit apps to help you navigate the Muni system San Francisco Municipal Railway. San Francisco is a city of microclimates making predicting the weather nearly impossible. Still, the warmest months to visit tend to be September and October while the coldest are December and January. The iconic cable cars dating back to are a national historic landmark and still in use today after restoration.
The public transit system, known as Muni, is the best way to get around. Both can be reached via BART , the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, which is the most cost-effective way to get from the airport to downtown and vice versa. It has a hour fitness center, two restaurants and a coffee shop onsite.
It offers an on-site restaurant, fitness center and complimentary shuttle service. Floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views of the city skyline from the room or views can be enjoyed from the rooftop terrace. This s-style San Francisco hotel is filled with contemporary art and located in the Theater District. It features the Library Bar where you can enjoy books, cocktails, a bar and restaurant plus live jazz on Friday nights. Within walking distance are great restaurants, nightclubs, boutiques and galleries.
It has small and cozy rooms as well as two-bedroom suites. It has a European-style shared bath and a vanity sink in each room. In the morning, enjoy a continental breakfast and in the evening meet friends and relax with a complimentary cocktail in the sitting room. The Innkeepers will happily help guests decide on restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment.
Guests can enjoy several common areas including the front parlor, library with fireplace, sun room and the outdoor decks and gardens.
Located near the Castro District, restaurants, pubs, parks and the Muni Metro are all nearby. Bright, original paintings decorate the individual bedrooms and the common room with fireplace is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a complimentary brandy. A full breakfast is served in the nearby dining room. Guests enjoy free breakfast, dorm beds with privacy curtains or private rooms, free wifi and a large kitchen. Dorm rooms and private rooms are available.
However, here are some of the other top highlights to consider when visiting the city. Beaches — the north end of Baker Beach is the gay, clothing-optional beach. To get there take the 38 Geary Outbound and transfer to the 29 Sunset Bus. Again, it has excellent views of the bridge as well, but with a bit of a trek to get there. Check out Mission District for an artsy, trendy neighborhood with Latino flare.
This is where the beautiful public graffiti art of the Clarion Alley Mural Project is located. Head to Haight-Ashbury for cafes, vintage shops and colorful architecture in this hipster scene. Find the gayborhood, Victorian homes, trendy shops and restaurants in the Castro. You can admire the views of the downtown skyline behind these homes from Alamo Square Park which sits at the top of a hill.
Alamo Square City Hall — the original building from was destroyed in the earthquake and this replacement was re-opened in This is the site of several movie scenes such as Raiders of the Lost Ark as well as historical moments including the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
Park goers will enjoy the fact that this park tends to be in one of the sunnier microclimates of San Francisco. You can easily get to know the city quickly and jump on and off throughout the day to visit various sites of interest.
You can use it instantly with the free Go City Card app for 30 days. They even offer food and wine tours, plus an easy pace with no large hills to climb!
Shopping Chestnut Street — a variety of sophisticated shops, boutiques, beauty outlets and restaurants among brand name retailers. Chinatown — a place to find exotic gifts and souvenirs as well as apothecaries selling various teas plus lots of reasonably priced dining options.
Fillmore Street — a high-end selection of perfumeries, furniture designers, specialty beauty outlets, and restaurants. Mission Street — where eclectic shoppers can find offbeat boutiques, discount fabric stores, vintage clothing and furniture stores.
Union Street — not to be confused with Union Square, this street features small shops in Victorian architecture. Be sure to enjoy the libations during their Monday — Friday happy hour. For an order-at-the-counter, authentic Mexican treat try sopes, tostadas or horchata at Tacorgasmico. Mission District food tours are also available to try a variety of eats from some of the best shops and restaurants.
Chinatown — this neighborhood has lots of great restaurants and varieties of food to choose from. Check out Chinatown food tours here to get a culinary sampling for a variety of shops, vendors and restaurants. This gay neighborhood is located along Castro St. SF Eagle — the San Francisco location of the popular leather dive bar. It has a great outdoor patio popular with muscle daddies, bears, pups, otters and the like on weekend afternoons.
SHOK, a dark drag party on Fridays. Hi Tops — this gay sports bar in the Castro is a great spot to throwback drinks while supporting your team. The bar menu has top-notch food served by a friendly staff to an attractive crowd.
Lookout Bar — a hip venue with a great balcony that overlooks Market Street in the Castro. The Stud — a cornerstone in the San Francisco gay bar scene, this dive-ish bar in SoMa has been around the block. The night here ends late with a special late-night license allowing doors stay open an hour later than other bars on Thursdays and Fridays. San Francisco Gay Clubs and Parties Clubs Badlands — a popular and often crowded and quite touristy spot to dance to pop remixes in the Castro.
Go here to meet other tourists, but perhaps not the best place to meet the locals. Beaux Bar and Dance Club — attracts a young crowd including twinks and twink admirers to meet up in a swanky club scene.
The cool design, sound and lighting come together to create memorable, nighttime dance experience. The Cafe — 20 and somethings go to this club to dance at this spacious venue in the Castro. Q Bar — this hip, clubby bar brings in younger party goers for dancing and cruising. A good spot for gogo dancers and happy hour any night of the week in the Castro. Daytime Realness — a monthly Sunday afternoon patio party with drag and dancing at El Rio in the Mission. This crowd is mostly men of all ages and styles.
Find someone to make out with in the photo booth to get a free Jell-O shot. Swagger Like Us — for an underground queer club vibe, check this event out that gives new queer hip-hop artists, DJs and dancers a place to show off their skills.
For the Ladies El Rio — this lesbian-owned neighborhood bar brings in a mostly mixed crowd in the Mission District. It also hosts a popular monthly girls T-dance every fourth Saturday called Mango.
UHAUL — a dance party for the girls with sexy gogo gals happening twice a month. Every second Friday at Oasis and every third Friday at F8. This sex club in SoMa is for all sexual deviants looking for fun from glory holes to jock straps to golden showers and even has a discreet outdoor area.
This is a member- only sort of establishment, but out-of-towners are welcome. Eros — a gay, two story sauna in the Castro with steam, sauna, showers, lockers, bunk beds and play areas. This hot spot gets busy at the standard times, right after work and when the bars and clubs close. Powerhouse — a cruise bar in SoMa with a dark room, sexy videos and patio attracting a diverse crowd of friendly men looking for fun.
Attendees enjoy live music, dance areas playing EDM, exhibitor booths with fetish gear and toys and public play stations. San Francisco Pride — this gay pride event started back in and today it is the largest gathering of the queer community and its allies nationwide.
The event, held annually during the last full weekend of June, has more than parade contingents and exhibitors and over twenty community-run stages and venues like Homo Hip Hop to Gray Pride. Located in the South of Market district, nearly 15, fetish enthusiasts and fans of BDSM come to enjoy the all-day event in July featuring more than 50 adult vendors.
Those into rubber, sportswear, biker gear, skinheads, punks, and built, hairy men will love this event. Day Trips from San Francisco Sausalito — a popular day trip sits across the bay in the beautiful, seaside town known as Sausalito.
To get there you can drive, bike or take public transportation across the Golden Gate Bridge. The Big Bus Tours will also take you to Sausalito. It can be reached via a quick ferry ride from San Francisco.
Enjoy a meal at a nice cafe, ride a bike around the town or visit the Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum for a history of Tiburon as a railroad post. Have you ever visited San Francisco? Why would you like to visit this popular destination in northern California? Let us know in the comments! Thanks in advance for supporting this site if you choose to use our link!