This walk makes the connection between old-cool Haight Street, famous for Hippies and the Summer of Love and new-cool Divisadero Corridor, presided over by Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies. We start our walk at an iconic residence bordering the Haight, then we’ll pass by funky stores, cool murals, and lots of tie-dye! We’ll veer off of Haight Street a few of times so that we can photograph super colorful Victorians that make the Haight so famous. We will pay homage to the homes of the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. We will talk about the Summer of Love and why thousands of young people flocked to San Francisco in the 60’s. We walk the length of hippie Haight until we turn onto Divisadero. A neighborhood in transition, vestiges of the old vie with the new as the area becomes a top hipster destination - a hip place to live, a hip place to hang out. This area, called Nopa (North of the Pan Handle) has grown and changed, a modern cool update of the older hippie Haight vibe. We travel from Hippie to Hipster! After completing this walk, guests will have a familiarity with these two neighborhoods, their history and their architecture. Check them off your SF to-do list or confidently return and explore on your own.
I am a San Francisco native obsessed with walking! I have been exploring San Francisco by foot for as long as I can remember and I have applied my pedestrian vision to explorations of Paris, London, Rome. I have created and led Architectural walking tours in the South of France and I have taken many walking tours in cities all over Europe. This is not just the best way to explore a city, it is the only way to be comfortably introduced to a city. Instead of being glued to google maps, I am here to show you the pleasures of San Francisco on foot. I want to take visitors to places not on the usual “tourist” list. My aim is to show you the city through the eyes of a native and take you to places San Franciscan’s themselves like to frequent. I like to make physical (walking) and cultural connections between various points in the city.
We visit the length of Haight Street (especially the hippie bit with its funky shops), and parts of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood (for the colorful Victorians & former homes of musicians), and then walk onto Divisadero Street and visit the modern/cool neighborhood of NOPA. The tour ends in in front the famous Painted Ladies in Alamo Square for the ultimate San Francisco photo op!
Dress Comfortably and in layers.
The walk is mostly flat, but do wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers.