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Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair for a journey through the 1960s on the Magic Bus in San Francisco! Visit parts of the city that played a pivotal role in the counterculture movements of the ‘60s while riding aboard a decked out, psychedelic bus. See Summer of Love hotspots like Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury district, and get in touch with your inner beatnik and philosopher in San Francisco’s North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods. It’s the grooviest tour in the city!

Highlights

  • Visit Chinatown, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park
  • Learn about hippies, Beatniks and the rock 'n' roll movement
  • Hear interesting and informative commentary on the cultural movements of the 1960s
  • Ride in a colorful musical bus that shows you the history of iconic San Francisco lanmarks
  • Sing along to classic tunes with a flower in your hair

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Offbeat and groovy! Visit the cultural attractions that defined San Francisco in the psychedelic 1960s. Timeless music and fun sing-alongs make this tour a trip for anyone who lived through -- or wish they'd lived through -- this fascinating time in San Francisco's history.

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What You Can Expect

Ride the Magic Bus: A 1960s-Era San Francisco Tour

Roll Through San Francisco on This Groovy Trip

Take a psychedelic trip through San Francisco on the multicolored Magic Bus! Board the decked-out party bus in central San Francisco, where you’ll be greeted by peace-loving, costumed guides. 

Roll through the crowded, colorful streets of Chinatown, where Buddhism and other ideas of Eastern philosophy influenced the city’s intellectuals in the 1960s. Nearby, see the favorite haunts of Beat Generation poets like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, including the famed City Lights bookstore and Vesuvio café.

Continue on to the Haight-Ashbury district, the heart of the city’s counterculture movement in the 1960s that remains a favorite hippie hangout. Travel back to the Summer of Love with the help of 3D glasses and time-warping window projection screens while your guide shares stories about this crucial moment in American history.

Cruise through the lovely meadows and gardens of Golden Gate Park, home to 'Hippie Hill' and the site of many celebrations and demonstrations during the 1960s. Stop at the Victorian-era Conservatory of Flowers, near where more than 20,000 people gathered for the Human Be-In event in 1967 and where the first Earth Day was held in 1970.

At the end of the groovy and informative 2-hour tour, you’ll be returned to the original departure point with peace, love and history in your heart. 

Customer Reviews

Kay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was great - a lot of fun and really made you feel the 60's again. Bus is cute, guide is perfect - I'd recommend for anyone who wants to do something a bit different.

Brian A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour guide and bus driver were absolutely phenomenal!

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic tour! I loved the guide and the multi-media presentation. Very creative!

Emily C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If you are going to visit San Francisco, this tour is a must! Educational, entertaining, and whimsical are but a few adjectives I would use to describe this tour. You will truly feel like you took a step back in time!

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great tour of the city. Lots of fun!

gingerpa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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!

Evelyn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

Roland M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This was a truly great and unique trip...literally!!!! We have told so many people about this as not a traditional tourist booking for San Fran.
Our guide was wacky, kind and upbeat for the whole experience......the ideal host!!!
If you are of a certain age and want to experience again the changing times of the 60's this is for you!!!

Stefanie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Great!!!

Penelope H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Best event of our vacation!

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