Yankee Clipper Travel at 4115 19th St.
Named for the baseball great and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio, the business opened in 1987 and is the only LGBTQ travel agency in the Castro District. After stints in Los Gatos and Noe Valley, current owner Kirk Dalrymple took over in 1999 and moved Yankee Clipper to its current location on 19th St.
“I’m really appreciative of the legacy business status because I’m starting to get a ton of referrals that didn’t even know that there were travel agents anymore in San Francisco,” Dalrymple told Hoodline. “I didn’t realize all the extra benefits that would come with it.”
Yankee Clipper Travel participates in the Castro Street Fair, is a member of the Castro Merchants Association and Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association and donates vacation packages every year to the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) for their annual fundraising event. The business represents a number of LGBTQ cruise and tour providers and is also a proud member of the Signature Travel Network.
Yankee Clipper was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the travel industry being among the hardest hit of all sectors. Read Hoodline’s recent piece catching up with Dalymple here.
Kirk Dalrymple, owner of Yankee Clipper Travel. Photo by Steven Bracco.