Discover the allure of San Francisco in this video

Here's why travelers leave their hearts in this California city.

This iconic American city is so much more than Silicon Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Video by Rebekah Barlas

Discover the allure of San Francisco in this video

Here's why travelers leave their hearts in this California city.

This iconic American city is so much more than Silicon Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Video by Rebekah Barlas

In 1967 nearly 100,000 people flooded San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, creating a movement now dubbed the Summer of Love. More than five decades later, travelers still head to Haight Street, home to vegetarian cafés, smoke shops, and a sprawling Amoeba Music.

San Francisco isn’t exactly hippie headquarters anymore. Tech moguls moved in, housing prices have skyrocketed (making San Fran one of the most expensive cities in the United States), and high-rises are reshaping the downtown skyline. (Discover where to get amazing views.)

But even with all the changes over the past 50 some years, there’s still plenty to love about California’s City by the Bay. 

Renee Brincks is a writer based in San Francisco and Iowa. Follow her travels on Twitter @reneebrincks.