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Trip Idea:
Take a Jimi Hendrix-Inspired San Francisco Trip

Jimi Hendrix lived in San Francisco in the 1960s and became one of the iconic musical talents of the Summer of Love. Experience the mark he left on the city.

1524A Haight St.

The Jimi Hendrix House

The best place to start your day walking in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix is his old apartment. He lived at 1524A Haight St. — basically on the corner of Haight and Ashbury — for a few years in the 1960s. The Jimi Hendrix House is also called the Red House after it was painted red in the rock star’s honor. It’s located just above a tobacco shop and sits on a street filled with bright colors and vintage shops that any modern hippie would appreciate. The apartment itself is a private residence right now, so while you can’t go inside, you can admire the murals that were painted on the exterior walls to commemorate the legendary musician. NOTE: Be respectful of the residence. People still live here.

The Intersection

Haight and Ashbury Streets

You can't go to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood without stopping at the corner of the two streets to take a picture. This is one local attraction that hasn't changed over the decades, though the Ben & Jerry's on the corner is fairly new compared to the iconic street signs.

Haight-Ashbury sign
Between Oak and Fell Streets

The Panhandle

The Panhandle is the long, narrow strip of Golden Gate Park that flows just north of Haight-Ashbury. During the Summer of Love, this was the location of many free concerts by Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Grateful Dead and, of course, Jimi Hendrix. These days, it’s known more for its great walking paths than for free concerts, but you can always pretend you’re back in the Summer of Love by taking a stroll around the Panhandle while listening to a little “Purple Haze” through your headphones. 

In Golden Gate Park

Hippie Hill

This is another part of Golden Gate Park that was an important spot during the Summer of Love. Located at the east end of the park, Hippie Hill was the place to be if you wanted to listen to live music by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and others. It was also a great spot for drum circles. If that’s still your thing, the best time to visit is April 20, during the 420 in the Park celebration every year. For the most part, Hippie Hill is a peaceful place to relax and imagine yourself back in the days of the psychedelic Summer of Love.

525 Ashbury St.

The Psychedelic History Museum

The Herb'n Inn is a local bed and breakfast home to the Psychedelic History Museum, where you can find out more about Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and other musicians from the 1960s who shaped the neighborhood.

Buena Vista Avenue & Haight Street

Buena Vista Park

Golden Gate Park may be the largest park near Haight-Ashbury, but it's not the only one. Buena Vista Park has been around for 150 years, which means it also lived through the Summer of Love. In particular, hippies considered this park a great spot to hang out and live. These days, it's perfect for anyone who wants a great view of San Francisco while soaking up the Summer of Love spirit.

1665 Haight St.

The Red Victorian

This is one of the few Haight-Ashbury businesses from the 1960s that is still open. Constructed in 1904, it was called the Jeffrey-Haight in 1967, and it was known as a place where hippies gathered to sleep, plan protests, discuss new ideas and generally build a community. Now it’s called the Red Victorian, and it maintains the same spirit it by offering shared meals, activities and conversation with other guests staying there. Janis Joplin and the other big names associated with the Summer of Love would be proud. 

777 Valencia St.

The Chapel

Although Jimi Hendrix never played here in San Francisco, the Chapel was around when he called San Francisco home, albeit as something different. The Chapel occupies a historic 1914 building that was originally built as a mortuary and has now been stunningly renovated by veteran Bay Area commercial real estate developer and restaurateur Jack Knowles. The beautiful chapel, with its 40-foot high arched ceiling, has been converted to a music room with a mezzanine. In contrast, the rest of the building has been remodeled to hold a restaurant, neighborhood bar, and an outdoor dining patio.

Check out a Concert at the Chapel

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Dan Rosenbaum

Dan is the Vice President, Global Marketing, at San Francisco Travel. San Francisco has been his home for over a decade (that makes him a local, right?). On the weekends, you can find him with a cup of craft coffee in hand, a playlist of good vibes, a growing list of books to read, or out at the city's hottest new restaurant or bar.

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