The Coit Tower Murals: 1930s California, frozen in time

A distinct component of the San Francisco skyline, Coit Tower stands out from the crowd. North of the Financial District's highrises, the 210-foot art deco tower juts into the sky from the top of Telegraph Hill. For many, the highlight of visiting the tower is taking an elevator ride to the top for a wonderful panorama of the city, the bay, and its famous islands and bridges.

Discover "Our Vast Queer Past" at San Francisco's new GLBT Museum

As I enter the Castro, a neighborhood known for being the heart of queer culture, I immediately begin to take in my surroundings, all of which are adorned with rainbow flags. The charmingly vibrant Victorians, intricate and elegant, have managed to find space for flowering pink and purple trees and bushes, and fuse together with the quaint corner cafes, flower shops, and friendly bars. I am on my way to a new museum in San Francisco, the GLBT History Museum, to visit their debut exhibit.