Cheap hotels in The Haight, San Francisco
It’s not all flower-power these days, but the Haight’s peace-and-love vibe is still very much intact. The center of the 1960s’ counterculture movement has done a great job of cleaning up its act without selling out. It straddles the lines between trendy commercial zone, progressive hub and nostalgic time capsule in a way that doesn’t feel forced. And club kids, aging hippies, fashionistas and foodies all feel equally at home among its high-end boutiques, vintage record stores and old standbys (like the Pipe Dreams head shop and the anarchist bookstore Bound Together). It’s also home to the Alamo Square’s “Painted Ladies” and Buena Vista Park, which (though best avoided at night) affords stellar city views.