Haight-Ashbury is a location in San Francisco, California.
San Francisco is a place in Northern California near coastal shores and abundant metropolitan cities. San Francisco by itself is a large cornerstone city of California. Established in the Gold rush years, San Francisco is still growing and has never seen its hay-day as of this date.
Haight-Ashbury is a district located near Golden Gate Park. Stanyon Street and the Golden Gate Park border Haight-Ashbury on the western side of the district. Baker Street and the beautiful park Buena Vista are awaiting a visit to the East of the district. Towards the South side of the district is the neighbourhoods of the infamous Cole Valley noted for its cheap 1960s style of housing that was sought by most individuals that wanted a cheap affordable place to call home.
Haight-Ashbury street names get there names derived from early settlers of the late 1870s. Henry Haight and Mr. Munroe Ashbury gave these streets there popular cultured names. The neighbourhood was primary designed by Mr. Ashbury and his then aspiring Nephew. A lower level of the neighbourhood was called Lower Height and the elevated neighbourhood was glamorized as Upper Height. Upper Height was primarily were Hippies and the Bohemian movement became popularized in the 1960s. Japanese and African American culture dominated the Lower Height district.
As its call to fame the Haight-Ashbury district finds its roots and glamour from the Hippie movement and culture. Still to this day Haight-Ashbury is popularized by its standing among unique places to visit and rich culture experience. Some of the greatest Rock Stars of all time found their beginning in Haight-Ashbury. Stars like Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Jimmy Hendrix, all these rock and Rock musicians knew the district of Haight-Ashbury. Most of these musicians lived worked and had friends that still reside in the Haight-Ashbury district.
Counter-culture is in unison of the name,”Haight-Ashbury”. American culture was taking a very different line from were it currently is now. In the summer of 1967 Haight-Ashbury found itself infiltrated with Hippies. Hippies were a culture of individuals that listened to the new Psychedelic Music of the age. Messages were said to be in some of these songs. Subliminal messages were always being listened for by the practicing Hippie. Hippies believed in the concepts of world peace and brotherly love for all people who wished and embraced its ideas. War was an evil concept that most Hippies protested and wanted nothing to do with at all. Hippies wanted one thing,” Put peace back into the World”.
As a tourist destination the sights are many and the culture exposure can be awesome. Along its many streets the Haight-Ashbury district is graced with retro shops offering a trip back in time to the land of the Hippie and Bohemian. Head Shops and bead shops flank the store fronts. Restaurants with Hippie décor make a visit feel like a trip back into the time when the Summer of Love of 1967 was at its full swing. The Summer of love has came and gone but the Haight-Ashbury district will bring back a vision for the most sceptical tourist of what it really was like in the Sixties.
When experiencing the Haight-Ashbury district it is important to keep in mind that the whole focus of the district is about a time when Psychedelic Music, Marijuana, Free Love, and alternate lifestyles were learning to be excepted, and most importantly, not judged. Culture differences and ideas were radically different. The tourist will enjoy every moment spent in the district of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Still to this day there are individuals practicing and living the Hippie way of life. Some of these individuals will be happy to share with the avid interested tourist a way of life long gone.