Best Area to Stay to for a Time-Travel Experience: HaightIf you're looking for a classic time-hop to experience the Summer of Love, it goes without saying that the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood is where you should start. The birthplace of hippie counterculture, the neighborhood still has its tie-dye roots. Vintage clothing, books and records are abundant here. Get a feel for the local flare at the 40th annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair in June, or peruse books at The Booksmith and take a Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour to evoke the essence of the Summer of Love. Find a hotel.
Best Area to Stay to Experience Psychedelic Art and Music: Golden Gate ParkGet in a groovy mood with a kaleidoscopic array of music and art this summer at Golden Gate Park. Special events such as the de Young's Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll exhibition and the San Francisco Botanical Garden's Flower Piano Summer of Love Singalong are sure to set the mood. Head to the eastern end of Golden Gate Park and pay homage to this special era at the iconic Hippie Hill, the meadow once frequented by Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead. Find a hotel.
Best Area to Stay for Flower Power: Fisherman's WharfThere are many fabulous parks all over the city, but this summer, PIER 39 is getting a head start on festivities with the annual Tulipmania event, featuring more than 39,000 tulips planted throughout the PIER, Feb. 11-19. Be sure to check out the peace sign at the West Park. The PIER will continue the celebrations in June with a far-out 60's dance party, featuring a Beatles cover band and more groovy stuff. While you're in the area, dine at the Hard Rock Cafe and snap a selfie or two with iconic musicians Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin at Madame Tussauds. Find a hotel.
Best Area to Stay to Be Weird: SoMaIf the cultural revolution of the Summer of Love peaks your interest, head to the California Historical Society in SoMa from May 12-Sept. 10 for On the Road to the Summer of Love, which explores the movements and events leading up to this historical point in time. If you're looking for a sensational spectacle, head to the How Weird Street Faire in May for a day of world-class electronic music, spectacular performances, visionary art and peace technology exhibits. Expect to find yourself dancing in the streets and generating waves of joy. Find a hotel.
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