It’s the Summer of Loves 50th Anniversary! That’s right, it has been 50 years since the flower children gathered on the corner of Haight Ashbury seeking peace and love. A counterculture began and the area soon became the epicenter for sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. When you visit today you will find vintage clothing (Wasteland), medical marijuana (Happy High Herbs), vinyl (Amoeba Music) and tie-dye (Jammin on Haight). Haight Street as become commercial (Piedmont Boutique) yet it’s a fun place to spend a few hours reminiscing. Grab a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and wander the area. Check out Jimi Hendrix’s old apartment, admire street art and buy some tie dye. End the day at Hippie Hill for a drum circle and imagine what it would have been like 50 years ago.
If you love the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, you will love the Victorian Homes of Haight Ashbury. Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and the Hell’s Angels all lived in this area. Take a walk through the neighborhood pass the communal home where the Grateful Dead wrote some of their best music. Even if counterculture isn’t your thing, the homes are beautiful and worth the stop when in San Francisco.
Jimi Hendrix: 1524 Haight St.
The Grateful Dead: 710 Ashbury St.
The Hell’s Angels: 719 Ashbury St.
Janis Joplin: 635 Ashbury St.
Charles Manson: 636 Cole St.
Sid Vicious: 32 Delmar St.
Patty Hearst Ransom House: 1235 Masonic Ave.
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