San Francisco tour guides really know their city, and they love to show it to others. That's what makes a guided tour such a good way to get to know The City By The Bay. There are a number of tour guides who will take you on a comprehensive excursion to the must-see sights and attractions. We talk about the best of these in our guide to San Francisco sightseeing tours.
But, wouldn't it be fun to do something unusual? To hop on a tour that was more unique, more unexpected? You're in the right place to learn about that. San Francisco offers up some unique, even quirky, city tours that you're just not going to find anywhere else. Relive the 1960s on a magic bus? Where else but in San Francisco!
"It's been awesome and I had a blast!"
Remember the Summer of Love in San Francisco? Here's a chance to re-live those golden days of yesterday… or perhaps to discover first-hand what your grandparents keep talking about.
San Francisco was the epicenter of the hippie and beatnik generations that inspired so many people. The Magic Bus, painted in wild psychedelic colors, explores the districts where it all happened, from Haight-Ashbury to Chinatown to North Beach to the site of the first Earth Day in 1970. Along the way you also get a comprehensive tour of the city. Don't forget to wear a flower in your hair (provided!).
It's been awesome and I had a blast! A highly recommended tour of San Francisco! Very interesting tour of this amazing city, including history, events, music and a great sense of humor! I loved it!"
– 5-Star Review
"Knowledgeable guides with a fascinating story to tell…"
No, this is not like "San Francisco is radical, dude". It's a tour of the neighborhoods and places where important social movements took root. It's also an introduction to the people and groups who spawned change.
If this sound like a history lecture, don't worry, it's not! The tour is a fun, informative 4½-hour visit to The Castro, Dolores Park, and the Mission neighborhood. You'll see stunning street art, the funky & fun shopping district of the Castro, historic sites of the gay rights movement, and take in the wonderful vista of the city from Dolores Park as your "radical" San Francisco tour guide makes all it fascinating and fun.
Knowledgeable guides with a fascinating story to tell and a beautiful city to showcase. What could be better? We had a wonderful time and felt we got to know SF a bit better. We will be more adventurous about hotels and eating places when it comes to our next visit after seeing around these areas."
– 5-Star Review
"Best tour of a city… ever."
What better place than San Francisco to tool around in a painted-up VW van, visiting the authentic 1970s sites that made cultural history? Put on your hippie vibe as your take in the city's attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge & Chinatown while sounds of the era play on the sound system.
But hold on, this activity is much more than merely another city tour. In the small, 6-seater van you go places that larger tour buses can't, to visit the byways of the Castro and Haight-Ashbury and see the homes of cultural icons like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.
Best tour of a city… ever. This was so much fun, personal, up close, went places large buses could not. Guide was so friendly, he was knowledgeable, helpful and made us feel welcome. Saw everything we wanted to see. People were waving to us and we became an attraction at times. Such a great experience, thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone."
– 5-Star Review
This tour has received an amazing user review score of nearly 100%
What do Mrs Doubtfire, Dirty Harry, and Star Trek IV have in common? That's right, they were all filmed in San Francisco, along with dozens of other famous movies. This fun small-group tour takes you to the filming locations for many of these while at the same time showing clips of the film.
The Birdman of Alcatraz, San Andreas, Bullitt (of course), The Rock, Vertigo, The Wedding Planner. All filmed at locations in San Francisco. The City Hall alone has appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Tucker, Foul Play, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Milk.
What an awesome tour. The tour guide was a real movie buff who knew his stuff. We appreciate all the planning that went into making such a fun info packed time. Seeing the actual movie clips of the places we were visiting allowed us to visualise it more. I thoroughly recommend going on this tour."
– 5-Star Review
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