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Haight Ashbury San Francisco: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Tour host, Barry Hirsch, leads you a fascinating walk into the epicenter of the 1960s counter-culture movement. The audio tour of Haight Ashbury plays automatically as you near its historic sites and hidden gems.

GPS-activated audio guide plays on your phone
Lifetime access to this self-guided tour in English
Local insider commentary and guest interviews
See the Grateful Dead house, Golden Gate Park, and The Painted Ladies victorians
Find hidden gems like the Hell’s Angels old hangout, a turn of the century baseball field and the home of Charles Manson
Restaurant recommendations
Meals or beverages

After completing this audio tour, you’ll be amazed at how many fascinating stories and personalities intersect at San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. Even better,  you’ll be tempted to flash a peace sign and put a flower in your hair.

We’ll begin our walk at the Golden Gate Park and end across the street from the Hippie Temptation House that was featured in a 1967 TV documentary of the same name.

On the roughly one mile walking tour, we’ll visit the following sites:

  • Golden Gate Park, where you’ll learn about the manycontributions of landscaper extraordinaire John McLaren
  • The Haight grounds, where 20,000 people watched professional baseball in the 19th century
  • The homes and hang outs of rock legends the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane
  • A row of some of the finest Victorian houses in San Francisco, including the famous "Four Seasons"
  • The home of infamous mass murderer Charles Manson
  • The townhouse where ballet dancer and Soviet defector Rudolf Nureyev was busted for possession of marijuana

The Haight-Ashbury is an exciting, urban neighborhood with many cafes, restaurants, and bars. You can pause the tour at any time to stop for refreshments. You'll also find markets specializing in organic and sustainably grown foods and breweries offering  locally produced ales. The books, music, vintage clothing and Tibetan handcrafts in the Haight’s shops are unlike what you will anywhere.


The west corner of Haight and Stanyan, at the entrance to Golden Gate Park. The exact dress is 730 Stanyan St, San Francisco, California, 94117.

Know before you go

This is a self-guided audio tour. Entrance fees to all attractions mentioned on the tour are excluded from the price.

Remember your headphones and charge your phone's battery. The way the app uses GPS to play audio automatically can be battery intensive.

Important Information
Is the route hilly?

San Francisco is full of great hills but this area is relatively flat for the entire 1 mile path.

What is weather like in San Francisco?

Like much of the California coast, San Francisco has a temperate climate with highs between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (12 to 24 Celsius) all year around. Winter storms, however, can make it feel much colder, so visitors should dress in layers and bring a warm rain jacket.

Where is the starting point?

730 Stanyan St, San Francisco, California, 94117

Once I start the tour, can I pause it?

Yes. Simply hit pause on the tour and do what you’d like. Hit play when you return, even the next day if needed.

What time do the museums in nearby Golden Gate Park close?

Most of museums in Golden Gate park close at 5:00 pm.

Can I download the tour in advance?

You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date. It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point.

How long does the tour download take?

The download should only take a few minutes to complete. If it takes longer, please cancel the download, go to Account, select Purchased and download the tour from there.

Where does the tour end?

1591 Page St, Page St, San Francisco, California, 94117

What should I bring?

Remember to bring your own headphones. Please charge your phone as well.

What is the tour duration?

45 minutes or longer with pauses to explore the cafes, restaurants and historical landmarks.

Haight Ashbury San Francisco: Self-Guided Audio Tour
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