Top Choice Theater in The Castro & Noe Valley

Castro Theatre

The city's grandest movie palace opened in 1922. The Spanish-Moorish exterior yields to mishmash styles inside, from Italianate to Oriental. Ask nicely and staff may let you take a peek, or come for the nightly cult…
Square in The Castro & Noe Valley

Harvey Milk & Jane Warner Plazas

A huge rainbow flag flaps above Castro and Market Sts, officially Harvey Milk Plaza. Look closer and spot a plaque honoring the man whose legacy is gay civic pride and political clout. Across Castro, by the F-train …
Museum in The Castro & Noe Valley

GLBT History Museum

America's first gay-history museum cobbles ephemera from the community – Harvey Milk's campaign literature, matchbooks from long-gone bathhouses, photographs of early activists – together with harder-hitting install…
Landmark in The Castro & Noe Valley

Rainbow Honor Walk

Castro St got a major makeover in 2014, when the city doubled the width of the sidewalks, painted rainbow crosswalks at 18th St and laid into the concrete 20 3ft-square plaques honoring GLBT heroes – as diverse as O…
Public Art in The Castro & Noe Valley

Barbie-Doll Window

No first-time loop through the Castro would be complete without a peek at the Barbie-Doll Window – better called the Billy-Doll Window, a gay spin-off of Barbie, notable for its shockingly huge penis. Dolls are dres…
Park in The Castro & Noe Valley

Corona Heights Park

Scramble up the rocky 520ft Corona Heights summit (aka Museum Hill or Red Rocks) for jaw-dropping, eastward 180-degree views. Come evening, the city unfurls below in a carpet of light. Take tiny Beaver St uphill to …
Museum in The Castro & Noe Valley

Randall Junior Museum

Kids go cuckoo for live-animal exhibits of urban wildlife – raccoons, owls, more raccoons – and earth-science exhibits at this oh-so-cute nature museum near the summit of Corona Heights Park. Don't miss the Golden G…
Street in The Castro & Noe Valley

22nd St Hill

The prize for the steepest street is shared between two SF streets: Filbert St (between Hyde and Leavenworth) and here. Both have 31.5% grades (17-degree slope), but this one's longer and there's barely any traffic …
Historic Building in The Castro & Noe Valley

Nobby Clarke Mansion

Built in 1892 by an attorney who wanted sunnier weather than fashionable Nob Hill afforded, this gorgeous Queen Anne mansion went uninhabited after its construction: Snob Hill socialites dubbed the house 'Nobby Clar…
Historic Site in The Castro & Noe Valley

Human Rights Campaign Action Center

Harvey Milk’s former camera storefront is now home to a civil rights advocacy group, where supporters converge to sign petitions and score special editions of T-shirts by designers great and small.