The most famous gay neighborhood in the U.S. was home to America's first openly gay elected official (Harvey Milk). As the enormous rainbow flag at the corner of 18th and Market signals, this district remains an important center of gay rights. It also hosts the LGBT History Museum and the bar called Twin Peaks, one of the first establishments in the country to openly advertise as a gay bar. The Castro is also a draw for straight visitors, with trendy stores, its eponymous and grand movie theater, and a couple of notable restaurants.
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 The Castro