If you want to see the most of San Francisco most efficiently, your best bet would be the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tours. These double-decker open-top buses allow you to explore each neighborhood at your leisure while a local guide points out the city’s major attractions.
Since Incredible Adventures sells these tickets, we want our staff to know everything about them so that they can help answer questions when our guests call in. So, we sent Leslie, a member of our Customer Service team, out to experience this tour first-hand.
With 20 stops located throughout the city and buses running approximately every 20 minutes from 9am-5pm, the day is what you make of it, and you can explore at your convenience. Leslie chose to hop on the tour bus at Pier 39 around 1pm.
She started her tour off on the bottom of the two-story tour bus. This is a great option for visitors who are sensitive to temperature or who don’t want to get sunburnt in the open air of the top level. Eventually, Leslie wound up moving to the top where she had a better view of what the guide was referencing in the commentary.
Leslie says, “You’ll need a hair-tie, hat and jacket up top. Especially when crossing the bridge, no matter how sunny and clear the day, it is certainly the windiest part of the city and it gets very cold.”
Since Leslie has lived here for two years and considers herself pretty familiar with the city, she opted not to hop-on-hop-off and instead experience the entire loop in one sitting.
Her guide was a “funny, quirky guy” and was clearly very passionate about his job. He spoke to the city’s culture, history, nature and architecture. In his words, the details of SF’s buildings could easily be missed if “you don’t get off your phones and LOOK UP!”’
Even as an SF resident, Leslie still learned interesting stories and facts about the city. For example, she was unaware that there are hidden statues in Golden Gate Park. Never noticing them during her strolls through the gigantic park before, she has more to look forward to the next time she visits!
One of the best parts about this tour for Leslie was that it is “not one of those situations where you feel like you need to be in a group. It was freeing to accomplish some independent traveling.”
Also, the leisure of being driven around the city is a major plus. You don’t have to worry about parking, confusing one-way streets, or thoughtless drivers.
“Overall I would take the this tour again with any of my friends or family who make a brief visit. If you just want to see your city better – alone or as group – it’s a really nice experience!”