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Magic Bus  Departs from Union Square.  Recommended for children 7 and older.  Reservations advised.  Fee.  This 90-minute multimedia bus tour transports participants through Chinatown, North Beach, and Haight-Ashbury, while taking them back in time to the Summer of Love.  Some say that if you remember the 1960s, you weren’t there. Maybe, maybe not. But if you’d like to refresh your memory, this tour makes it quite painless.  And it doesn’t take long to get back in the ’60s groove.  After checking in with a hippie chick gatekeeper, the bus starts up, the window shades drop, and the soundtrack starts.  It feels like a flashback.  For a while, psychedelic blobs are projected on window shades, and soon you’re looking out the windows to the epicenter of it all — the Haight-Ashbury district and green, green Golden Gate Park--all the while viewing documentaries of the 1967 Summer of Love Human Be-In.  My favorite part was when people on the street noticed the bus pass and waved and smiled, sometimes even flashing the peace sign.  That took me back.  But all too soon, we were getting off the bus, trying to figure out what to do about dinner as our daisies began to wilt.
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San Francisco Sightseeing  Reservations required 1 day in advance.  Fee.  Day tours are available of San Francisco, Muir Woods/Sausalito, Yosemite, Monterey/Carmel, and the Wine Country.  Dinner tours of San Francisco are also scheduled. 

Three Babes and a Bus  Departs from Union Square.  Must be 21 or older.  Reservations advised.  Fee.  These babes and their bus pick you up and take you out to party in four of the city’s hottest dance clubs.  The fee includes cover charges and VIP entry, and participants don’t have to worry about parking, taxi fares, or drinking and driving. 

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