If you didn’t get a chance to travel along with us in May down the California Pacific Coast Highway be sure to check out our All-Things-California posts.
And if you can’t pull yourself away to explore all you need is a little culture immersion to get you in the mood.
Hipster San Francisco History
- There’s a reason that Vesuvio Café is located in Jack Kerouac Alley, he used to hang out there. If you’re looking for the real San Francisco, stop here. Bob Dylan, Francis Ford Coppola, Ginsberg and more icons from the beat generation were frequent guests.
- Dashiell Hammett wrote the restaurant, John’s Grill, into his crime masterpiece, The Maltese Falcon and San Franciscans would flock to the restaurant trying to get a peek at the stars.
- Chinese fortune cookies were invented in San Francisco, or at least that’s what the courts decided after a legal dispute over which city ( San Francisco or Los Angeles) invented the cookie.
- The Golden Gate Bridge and the Oakland Bay Bridge were both constructed during the Great Depression. While the rest of the U.S. suffered major losses from the stock market crash of 1929, not a single bank in San Francisco failed and the city continued to thrive.
San Francisco Travel Guides
Visitacity: You can customize the length of your trip and download the app for easy exploring.
Design Sponge: San Francisco Guide for the modern traveler
Lonely Planet: San Francisco comprehensive guide
SfGirlByBay: Get it straight from the natives. Discover fashion, locales and more.
This is My Happiness: California lifestyle, travel blog. 30 things to do.
Best Getaway Spots in San Francisco