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San Francisco Parks and Coast – Summer of Love Edition

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Turn onto San Francisco’s parks and coast on a limited-time Summer of Love-themed guided bus tour in honor of counterculture’s 50th anniversary. See the city’s beautiful outdoor areas through a 1967-lens, including the Presidio, Golden Gate Park, and the tree Janis Joplin made famous in Sharon Meadow, all set to a groovy soundtrack with a far-out guide.
  • 2.5-hour narrated bus tour of San Francisco with morning, afternoon, and evening departures
  • See the city’s major parks and hippie attractions: the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, and more
  • Put a 1967-themed lens on San Francisco with fun facts, groovy music, and an overall emphasis on the Summer of Love in honor of its 50th anniversary
  • Personable guide ensures social and entertaining tour
Meet your guide in front of the Hotel Zephyr at Fisherman’s Wharf to begin your tour of San Francisco’s natural scenery. Head straight for the waterfront for the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Presidio, and then cruise along the coast until you reach the groves of bay and eucalyptus trees at Golden Gate Park. See the striking M.H. de Young Museum, Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Gardens, and more as you pass through.

Then, make your way to the Haight-Ashbury—the epicenter of the Summer of Love. See where the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin got their groove on, and learn about their influence on the city.

Finally, head to the Castro and Mission, San Francisco’s funkiest modern districts. Roll by public murals contrasted against the Opera House and the golden details of City Hall.

As the tour wraps up, learn about Summer of Love 50th anniversary events happening in the city, and return to the Zephyr Hotel and part ways with your group.

Itinerary

First hour:

• We all meet up in front of the Hotel Zephyr in Fisherman’s Wharf. This place is surrounded by great shops, so come early and load up on snacks and coffee (yum).
• As you settle into your seat, ask the other guests where they were (or where their parents were!) back in the summer of ’67. The answers may surprise you!
• The view of San Francisco’s waterfront will take you breath away. And that’s while you’re heading into the old Presidio military base—which is now a city park. It’s gorgeous. You’ll love it.
• Prepare yourself. As we venture into the Presidio, a long-time military base, you’ll come upon the most amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Visitors love this stop at Battery Godfrey for its World War I-era fortifications and the shots they get of San Francisco’s most famous landmark.
• Check the level on your camera’s battery. There’s still a lot to see!
Second hour:

• Enter Golden Gate Park from the coastal side—cool! Here, you’ll see the Bison Paddock. Enormous Dutch windmills! And Spreckels Lake. Beautiful!
• Continue your slow cruise through Golden Gate Park, home of the M.H. de Young Museum. California Academy of Sciences. Botanical Gardens. Japanese Tea Gardens. Conservatory of Flowers. Make a plan to come back here!
• Put some flowers in your hair as you arrive in Haight-Ashbury—epicenter for the Summer of Love. See the Grateful Dead House, Jimi Hendrix Red House, Buena Vista Park, and Victorian homes that survived the fire of 1906.
• Your guide will lead you to the tree in Sharon Meadow where Janis Joplin entertained fellow hippies with her poetry and song. Get your groove on!
Last 30 minutes:

• You’re not done. The last leg of the tour passes straight through the storied Castro and Mission districts. See the Mission San Francisco; it was founded in 1776. Then roll by public murals—some old, some still fresh!
• Catch views of awesome public buildings: SF City Hall. War Memorial Opera House. The Asian Art Museum. The Pioneer Monument. Take more pics!
• Get dropped off at Hotel Zephyr to enjoy the rest of your evening in Fisherman’s Wharf

Product code: 2402SFPC

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