It doesn’t matter whether you’re the kind of traveler who has to plan every step of the journey or the go-with-the-flow-type: when you’re a visiting a new city there are certain things that you have to see or do because they are unique to that place.
San Francisco is a city of iconic bucket list-worthy things to see and do, from biking across the marvel that is the Golden Gate Bridge, to cruising the hilly streets in one of our city's famed cable cars. But there's somewhere that's a definite must-visit for the hostel traveller and wandering soul: the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Why?
By Marguerite Richards
Fort Mason, the historic waterfront park that’s home to HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, is a maze of winding paths, rows of repurposed military barracks, and grassy knolls. Thanks to its Bay views and urban oasis feel, the park is a favorite escape for locals and visitors alike. But even for the San Franciscans who frequent this place, I recently discovered there’s a bit of mystery to be found.
The first time you take a stroll through the Tenderloin, the San Francisco neighborhood surrounding HI-City Center, you might feel a little disoriented: you thought you were in San Francisco, right? So what’s with all the Vietnamese signs, restaurants, and markets?
It's the classic dilemma for visitors to any big city: do you take in all the high-culture highlights a metropolis has to offer, or keep the vacation budget under control? In San Francisco, the pull of the arts is particularly strong, and the price tag can be especially intimidating.
Luckily, if your budget isn't quite as high-end as your taste in entertainment, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our guide to getting cultured without going broke in San Francisco.