Hip Guide to the USA

Whether you come for a quick visit or cross-country tour, you will find a wealth of information about destinations from coast to coast. The Hip Guide to USA offers the highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.

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Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

Sailboats scoot by Alcatraz Island

Many tourists to San Francisco take the ferry from Pier 41 (Fisherman’s Wharf) to Alcatraz Island.  Besides offering great views back to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, visitors can tour the infamous prison where criminals like Al Capone, the Birdman of Alcatraz and Machine Gun Kelly were incarcerated.

Now only ghosts and tourists wander the cellblocks.  Although from 1969 to 1971, Native Americans occupied the island in a failed attempt to reclaim it.

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Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco

The famous corner

At the height of the Summer of Love in San Francisco in 1967, the Haight district was the magnet that drew thousands of young people from all over the country, seeking a new life of freedom.  These kids poured into the area, overwhelming the existing services.  Local groups were organized to deal with the onslaught.  The hippies were poor, out-of-work, and lacking the most basic necessities like food, shelter and clothes.

Groups like the Diggers distributed free food and clothes and other groups assisted with free medical care and shelter.

Drugs were everywhere, including the ubiquitous marijuana,… Continue reading

Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco is a great place to spend the day, strolling along the waterfront, absorbing the fantastic Bay views, eating fresh, delicious seafood, even take a cruise around the Bay.

You can enjoy live entertainment in Ghirardelli Square, visit the famous home of Ghirardelli chocolate, drop by Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, the Wax Museum, the Cannery, Hyde Street Pier and the National Maritime Museum next to the Aquatic Park and beach where some people actually go swimming in the Bay!

Fishing Boats at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco… Continue reading

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Hippie Hill Drum Circle in Golden Gate Park.

Golden Gate Park is a fine place to visit on a sunny day in San Francisco.  The largest man-made park in the world, it contains a number of popular attractions.

The recently updated de Young Museum houses a great selection of art from around the world.

The beautiful Japanese Tea Garden is a serene place to relax, when it’s not full of visitors.

The Botanical Gardens is a wonder with more than 6000 species of plants from all over the world, divided by region, including a spectacular cactus garden.

The Conservatory of Flowers,… Continue reading

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Sailing in the bay in front of Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge, that icon of San Francisco, extends two miles across the mouth of San Francisco Bay.  It was built in 1937, and provides the major link north of the city, Hwy 101.

The orange/red bridge, often obscured by fog, is the most photographed bridge in the world.  There’s a toll of $5 for those coming into the city from the north (free leaving the city).

At each end of the bridge are scenic overlooks.  On the north side, Vista Point looks back at… Continue reading

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