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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

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

On this fun-filled historical city tour, hop aboard the Magic Bus that will transport you to 1960s San Francisco. Become a part of the Beatnik generation, see Haight-Ashbury in the Summer of Love and visit San Francisco’s Chinatown, from which eastern philosophy spread in the 1960s. Discover the iconic neighborhoods as they are now with your own eyes, and see the past come alive with retractable projection screens that cover the windows, giving you a look back in time.


  • 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

Board the brightly colored Magic Bus in central San Francisco and begin your journey through time as you are transported from Union Square to Chinatown, a culturally vibrant pocket of San Francisco that is home to the largest population of Chinese in America. Chinatown was a significant part of America’s exposure to Eastern philosophies in the 1960s and beyond.

Next, visit North Beach, where you will see the City Lights bookstore. City Lights was the epicenter of profound social change in San Francisco, where many famous Beat-generation poems were published and Beatniks like Jack Kerouac hung out.

Continue your Magic Ride and watch modern San Francisco blend with the past as you travel through the Financial District and up central Market Street en route to the crossroads of Haight and Ashbury streets – the home of the Summer of Love.

After you’ve experienced the famous Haight-Ashbury district through the bus’s windows of time-altered perception, your next destination is the lush gardens of Golden Gate Park, where you’ll stop at the Conservatory of Flowers. Hear how America's largest urban park hosted the Human Be-In event in 1967 and the first Earth Day in 1970. If the weather is nice, you may join a drum circle!

The '60s-era video, music and costumed staff of the Magic Bus will have you feeling present in the past as you are immersed in one of the United States’ most memorable cultural movements. It’s not just a sightseeing tour – it’s a trip!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour guide and bus driver were absolutely phenomenal!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great tour of the city. Lots of fun!

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

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!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Best event of our vacation!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Absolutely fantastic 'trip', enjoyed every minute of it. Much more fun than the 'normal' city tours, Tree Flower was brilliant, she really made the tour, creating a fun atmosphere. The music was great, brought back many pleasant memories.I would highly recommend the Magic Bus and look forward to 'tripping' again if ever in San Francisco.
Kate Brady
N Ireland

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