In the Gold Rush days, this notorious neighborhood was called the Barbary Coast. Saloons and strip joints still line Broadway, but the area is better known for Italian restaurants, cafes, and bars that were home to the poets of the Beat Generation. City Lights bookstore won a landmark free-speech case over the publication of Allen Ginsberg's poetry in 1956, and today it remains a literary mecca. Summit Telegraph Hill to reach Coit Tower for giddy bay views and 1930s WPA murals that were once considered dangerously revolutionary. South of North Beach, Jackson Square is dotted with design boutiques, antique shops, and galleries.
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Getting Around San Francisco
The best way to get around San Francisco is by walking, taxi and public transit. Parking can be expensive ($20-$40 depending on location). Street parking can be difficult to find and is often limited to two hours or less. San Francisco's MUNI operates trolleys, cable cars, and buses throughout the city. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) serves as a major artery of San Francisco as well as several surrounding cities.
Nearby Airports
  • San Francisco International Airport-SFO
  • Oakland International Airport-OAK
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport-SJC
Airport Taxis
  • From SFO-$37
  • From OAK-$50
  • From SJC-$145
Things to Do and See Near North Beach and Telegraph Hill