TRAVEL San Francisco is more than just its looks—it’s often called the birthplace of American counterculture, and the city has long been a haven for artists, activists, and other forward-thinkers. These attitudes saturate the city streets, and it’s San Francisco’s vibe more than anything else that captivates visitors and locals alike. Learn from the Locals There’s no shortage of things to see and do in San Francisco, and deciding where to go first can be overwhelming. Why not let the experts make the tough choices for you? Taking a walking tour is a great way to shrug off the stress of planning and get an intimate portrait of a new The Haight was hippie haven in the 1960s, and much of its Summer-of-Love spirit lives on today. You’ll find plenty of vintage shops and record stores near the corner of Haight and Ashbury and city. A themed tour adds pizzazz to an activity that might otherwise remind you of a dreary school field trip. We loved the ghost tour by Wild SF. Our guide was quite the character, and she walked us through places where grisly crimes have taken place—and where spirits may still visit today. If ghosts give you the heebie-jeebies, there are also tours that focus on the city’s culinary scene or its history of radical social movements. A tour of Alcatraz is a San Francisco must-do. This notorious former federal prison was home to the likes of Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly, but its history spans much more than that. The first American fort on the West Coast was built on Alcatraz Island in the late 19th century. The complex later became a mil- itary prison, then a federal penitentiary. In 1969, after the prison had closed, Native American activists occupied the island to peacefully pro- test the treatment of Native Americans in the United States. In addition to its rich history, Alcatraz Island is also home to bird colonies and spectacular bay views. More adventurous visitors can take a night-time tour of the site. 26 D’FYNE - Winter 2019 Don’t Hate the Haight along lower Haight Street. The funky Love on Haight boutique is the place to get your tie-dye fix. When hun- ger struck us, we grabbed a bite at Burger Urge. Try to see if you can name all the local musical icons on their mural. Hint: the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jimmy Hendrix have all called this neighbourhood home. If the pervasive smell of incense gets to be too much, head over to Golden Gate Park for some fresh air. The colossal green space houses museums, a botanical garden, and a golf course. You’ll even find a heard of bison grazing here! The park stretches from Hippie Hill, where young people converge around drum circles and plates of pot brownies, all the way to a sandy beach on the Pacific Ocean.