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The Magic Bus Experience

By: Magic Bus
  • 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
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Magic Bus Sightseeing Tour departing at 10:30am
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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!
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (111)
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Reviewed 4 November 2018
Terrible customer service

We booked and confirmed our tour on September 26th, 2018 for Friday November 9th,2018. I received an email from James five days before our tour canceling it saying there is "a change in our Magic Bus schedule and they will not be running'. As an...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank amgaelic
Reviewed 9 October 2018
Fun Tour of Groovey San Francisco

I’ve been to San Francisco three times and this tour was a fun way of seeing the areas I previously had not seen. Meeting point and drop off was easy, Union Square opposite Macy’s. Both the driver and host were so friendly and knowledgeable. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Vidjaya
Reviewed 3 October 2018
Hilarious, entertaining AND informative way to get to know San Francisco!

The tour guide AND the bus driver were friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. This tour enabled us to learn about the tumultuous decade that was the '60s, and San Francisco's role during that decade. At the same time, we got a good tour of the City....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Anjili B
Reviewed 8 September 2018
magic bus tour

i remember the late 1960's and early '70's... i so wanted and want PEACE and LOVE and this bus brought me back to those feelings. My parents had traveled to SF in the late 60's and brought me back the flower power stickers and underground...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank jimvashro49
Reviewed 6 August 2018
Easily the best way to spend a day

I heard about the magic bus from a friend and checked it out a week later. It was incredible, and I honestly couldn't believe how amazing it was! You know that feeling you get when you read a REALLY good book and you just hold...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank phoebeg234
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