Castro District, San Francisco

Castro District, San Francisco

As a city, San Francisco is full of exciting places to visit. Be it museums, churches, parks, roads or pocket localities. And no visit to San Francisco can be deemed complete without visiting the Castro District- the gay neighbourhood of San Francisco.

Embedded with not only a rich history but also some of the city’s finest structures and homes, the Castro district is one of the most visited tourist places in San Francisco. The area was named after Jose Castro, a Mexican leader in California during the Mexican- American war of 1846-48. The neighbourhood was created in late 19th century after the Market Street linked it to the Eureka Valley.

The early settlers were mainly from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, which is why it was also nicknamed as “Little Scandinavia”. Today, glimpses of the Scandinavian style of construction can be appreciated in a number of buildings.

Castro District became the ‘gay locality’ during the Second World War, when many army servicemen were expelled on accounts of being gay. These ex-army men later came and settled in the Castro District and since then the area has been openly accepting people of varied sexual orientations. Along with being the first openly gay neighbourhood in America, today, the Castro District is also the world’s largest gay neighbourhood.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Castro District
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA
Sight Type: Other
Guide(s) containing this sight: Gay Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

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Chinese Heritage Walking Tour

Chinese Heritage Walking Tour

San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. It provides an astounding abundance of varied merchandise at surprising prices, a great selection of restaurants and gift shops. San Francisco's Chinatown features several amazing attractions that can be enjoyed, ranging from museums and churches, to specialty shops and restaurants....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

San Francisco is known as the gay capital of the world. The famous Castro district offers a wide variety of entertaining options, like bars, cafés and nightclubs. The bar and club scenes are incredibly diverse in age, race and interests. Take this tour to explore San Francisco Gay nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Gay Walking Tour

Gay Walking Tour

It is well known that San Francisco is the place where gay and lesbian culture flourished. While Castro District houses many of the city's gay-owned businesses and households, LGBT culture is considered a distinct part of San Francisco's identity. Use this list to explore the most visited gay attractions in San Francisco.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 Km or 4 Miles
SoMa Nightlife

SoMa Nightlife

Being one of the most-visited cities in the world, San Francisco features an awesome array of nightclubs and bars for guests to the city can enjoy. A major cultural hub that includes more than its fair share of museums and art galleries, San Francisco bars and nightclubs reflect the creative and vibrant force that pervades the city. Take this Nightlife Tour in San Francisco and experience the best...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
City Orientation Walking Tour I

City Orientation Walking Tour I

Bursting with popular tourist attractions and diverse neighborhoods, San Francisco is considered to be a "wonder to behold". Full of museums, religious buildings, parks and amazing architecture, this city can keep any tourist busy for his entire trip. Take this walking tour to explore San Francisco's most visited tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
North Beach Walking Tour

North Beach Walking Tour

North Beach is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, known as San Francisco's Little Italy. This fun area features a great mix of architecture, museums, restaurants and old shops. Take this tour to explore the beauties that North Beach has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles

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