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The Castro, San Francisco

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Get a true sense of the San Francisco vibe by visiting The Castro, one of the city's most colorful neighborhoods. The area rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s as the heart of the city's GLBT activist movement and culture scene, and to this day it remains a hub of relaxed atmosphere and liberal attitude. Visit the area's numerous clubs, cafes, and eclectic shops, see the sights, and immerse yourself in the local scene by visiting the GLBT Museum or the Castro Theatre. The area's famous nightlife makes it a major party destination. To gain even deeper knowledge of the neighborhood's history, look for the walking tours provided by the locals. For travelers who use our international travel planner, San Francisco holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Castro and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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  • The Castor is one of the places that you have to walk around and soak it in. A lot of interesting shops to look around.  more »
  • Having seen the film "Milk", which was our first knowledge of the man and the climate around gays at the time, we were delighted to see what a free and easy place this is. There are several fascinatin...  more »
  • Disappointment, seems as if very little to nothing has been done in yearsssss.... Not a lot to do and nowhere as good as the gay scene in the majority of countries I have visited. Go to Moby Dick for ...  more »