San Francisco Treasures: Take a groovy magic carpet ride of San Francisco attractions! Find your own Summer of Love! On this day tour of San Francisco, you’ll explore the city’s famous downtown landmarks, and for a limited time only, experience the sights and sounds that launched a cultural revolution.
We all meet up in front of the Zephyr Hotel 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!
Enter North Beach. This is the awesome spot where the counter-culture revolution began. You’ll also get amazing views of Lombard Street, the cafés of Little Italy, Washington Square Park, Saint Peter & Paul Church, Telegraph Hill, and don’t forget Coit Tower!
First stop: Exclusive entry to the Beat Museum (we’ve covered the entry fee!) You’ll learn how the Beats set the scene for the Summer of Love. Not into poetry? No problem, grab a cappuccino.
Next up: Close-up views of Chinatown and its amazing street life. Sometimes the traffic is crazy, but we know the best ways through it.
We take it nice and slow as we pass Nob Hill, Union Square, and other photo-worthy sights along the way. Other favorites you will see include Grace Cathedral, The Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels, and the Pacific Union Club.
See the Transamerica Building (it’s a pyramid), Vaillancourt Fountain, and the historic Financial District. Learn how the wild Barbary Coast paved the way for the culture on burst onto the scene during the Summer of Love.
Cruise along the Embarcadero, pass the Ferry Building, and then go to Fisherman’s Wharf where you’ll see Pier 39. You can see Boudin Bakery, The Cannery, Aquatic Park, and don’t forget to keep your camera close for great shots of Alcatraz Island and cable cars “climbing up to the stars”.
Drive to San Francisco’s front porch: the Marina. Catch a view of the palatial ruins at the Palace of Fine Arts. It’s restored from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition! Feels like you’re stepping back in time.
Venture into the Presidio that captures both beauty and history—a former military base! It’s also home to one of the city’s only two cemeteries.
Last 30 minutes:
Ready for the big finish? Enjoy a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Field. Stretch your legs and snap some pics.
As the tour wraps up, your amazing guide will give you info about other Summer of Love events happening in the city—there are tons! When you get back to the Zephyr Hotel, you’ll part ways with your new friends.
*7:10pm tour features the lights of San Francisco and does not include a Beat Museum stop.
Meeting/pick-up point: In front of the Zephyr Hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf.
Duration: 2.5-3 hours.