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A Smalltown Detour: The Beat Generation

  • Vesuvio Cafe (Starts here) 255 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA, 94133 United States (map)

North Beach, Chinatown, and more!

Kick it w/ the Beat Poets as Smalltown takes an audio walking tour provided by the Detour app (https://www.detour.com/san-francisco/beat-generation). 

INFORMATION BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: 

  • You’ll need at least $10 in cash for a cable car ride and a cash only café.

  • Bring your smart phone, earbuds, and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Also, it’s hard to predict when the cable cars will be packed. Don’t be deterred if a full one passes you up -- another will come by!

  • It's nice to take your time on this Detour. If that's your plan, just make sure you leave more than the minimum hour and a half.

We will meet at Vesuvio Cafe (255 Columbus @ Jack Kerouac Alley North Beach San Francisco CA) @ 12:45pm. 

BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE DETOUR APP, AS WELL AS PURCHASE "BEAT GENERATION TOUR" PRIOR TO ARRIVING. 

ABOUT THE APP: 

Detour, headquartered in San Francisco, launched in February 2015. With 150 immersive audio walks in 17 cities, Detour is a new way to experience places.

ABOUT THE TOUR: 

Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and many of the writers of the Beat Generation started a revolution in San Francisco. Hear how and why while you tumble in and out of the same bars, cafes and bookstores they did.

When the poets and novelists of the Beat Generation first found San Francisco, most were nobodies. A bunch of working class guys with poetry in their pockets and an intense desire to break free from the oppressive norms of the 1950s. But within a few years, they had changed this City - and this country - forever.

Kerouac and Ginsberg and a lot of the Beat writers are gone now. But they really did leave their hearts here. Walk in their footsteps through North Beach, ride a cable car to their homes, and feel them pulling you into their "living rooms." Listen to their words and look back at 1950s San Francisco with people who actually lived it: poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure and Joanne Kyger.

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