Trolleys, magic buses, and fire engines — San Francisco is filled with fun tours on four wheels that show you the quirky, magical side of the city. A tour aboard an historic trolley or on a hop-on hop-off double decker bus can take you to best of the city from Fisherman's Wharf, to Nob Hill, Union Square, and along the waterfront at the Embarcadero.
Here's one we like — a bright red vintage firetruck on a memorable drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. One of the quirkiest tours on four wheels is the Ride the Magic Bus Tour. The 1960s-inspired bus takes you on a tour of hippie and beatnik landmarks. Join the fun by tucking a daisy behind your ear and singing songs from the era as you take a trip to another place in time.
That's right, you get to ride on a firetruck — still our favorite childhood dream. Ride over the Golden Gate Bridge in (quirky!) style as a roaring bright-red fire engine zooms you across the bay. The open-air vintage fire engine takes you from the Presidio, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and over to Sausalito. Fasten your seat belts and don firefighter jackets on this fun, memorable tour of San Francisco.
The best part is you are picked up from your hotel and delivered back again at the end of your firefighting adventure. Authentic firefighter gear is provided for your warmth and comfort, plus it looks stylin' in the photos!
The fun starts at Fisherman's Wharf where your classic Volkswagen convertible Bug awaits you. Explore the city and beyond on this GPS-guided tour with 40 pre-loaded top San Francisco destinations from Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, and Lombard Street to Fisherman's Wharf and Coit Tower, and across the Golden Gate Bridge.
For extra fun, your VW Bug is equipped with a high-definition video camera and text and voice commands in more than 20 languages. The car fits up to four people. Choose between a 3-hour, 4-hour or 5-hour tour.
Experience the city on a roving cable car, the only moving National Historic Landmark. Ride through the most iconic neighborhoods on this hop-on hop-off trolley tour. (Tour ticket also includes double-decker buses.) Along the way stop to explore, shop, and dine at popular destinations like Nob Hill, Pier 39, Pier 41, Union Square, The Ferry Building, Financial District, North Beach, and along the waterfront at the Embarcadero.
Not just a sightseeing tour — it's a trip. Hop aboard the Magic Bus and transport yourself back in time to the 1960s on this historic city tour of San Francisco. The music, costumed staff, and video in the Magic Bus have just the right vibe to immerse you in one of most memorable cultural movements of America. Retractable projection screens cover the windows to make the past come alive with imagery from the beatnik and hippie eras.
Visit North Beach to see the City Lights Bookstore. Continue to the home of the Summer of Love at the crossroad of Haight and Ashbury streets. Head to Golden Gate Park to see the lush Conservatory of Flowers (of course). Learn about the 1967 Human Be-In and the first Earth Day in 1970. If the weather is right, join a drum circle! The bus makes trips to neverland only on Saturdays.
Getting your hands on this pass lets you uncover the beauty of San Francisco at your own pace — choose from a one-day or two-day pass. Live narration on the buses gives you insiders info about the architecture and landmarks along the way. The environmentally-friendly double-decker bus stops at all of the major attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown and North Beach.
It's easy to hop on and off the bus as many times as you like. The entire route takes about two hours to complete if you were to stay on the bus without stopping. A two-day pass gives you plenty of time to explore the seventeen landmark stops.
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Get on board, your Safari adventure awaits! Get off-the-beaten-track and discover the city's hidden gems from an open-air game-viewing vehicle. This four-hour expedition combines visits to well-known attractions as well as journeys to alleys, murals, movie locations, historical and architectural sites.
Scout out locations from famous San Francisco movies like Hitchcock's Vertigo, or television's Twin Peaks. Your local guide will share fun facts and quirky tales that will show you another side of the city.
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