• Posted:Monday, November 9, 2009
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San Francisco's guide to gay travel

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San Francisco's guide to gay travel
I'm in love with San Francisco. If you ever want to be guaranteed an amazing holiday where you're sure to meet an intriguing array of entertaining and diverse characters, then surely San Francisco is the destination for you. It's probably my favourite city in the world. I'm generally more taken with rural areas that offer lots of exciting hiking opportunities and whatnot but if I'm after a city adventure, San Francisco surely gets my vote. So, if you haven't done so already, book yourself a room in a San Francisco hostel and prepare yourself for a rip-roaring good time!

If you want to get to know the city in a gay way, website Only in San Francisco recommends heading to the GLBT History Exhibit, which charts the legacy of the area's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) struggles. It can be found in the Harvey Milk's - who was immortalised in the film Milk - neighbourhood and features hundreds of articles from the GLBT Historical Society, including the sewing machine that stitched up the first-ever rainbow flags.

And you must visit the Castro and Upper Market district, known as the gay capital of the world. It's quite village-esque in atmosphere and the streets are very pedestrian-friendly, bedecked with Victorian homes, trendy shops and outdoor cafes. The Castro was first found by gay men in the early 70s and soon became a symbol of homosexuality in the US. It's still definitely the epicentre of gay culture in San Francisco, although it's less male-oriented now.

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