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