“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
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.