Tours are an ideal way for the anyone to learn more about a city’s history without resorting to drastic measures such as running for mayor. Travel back to the days of magic and mystery with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one ticket to Antenna Theater and Teacher Bus' Magic Bus (up to a $40 value). This tour is not kid friendly.
The Magic Bus blends sightseeing and multimedia for a 90-minute tour that traces contemporary San Franciscan culture back to its 1960s roots. Large screens roll down over bus windows, revealing documentary footage of the 1960s and speculative footage of the 3060s. As the video plays inside the bus, oral histories and classic tunes give splashes of psychedelic color to each passing landmark as the bus travels through North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, and Chinatown. The trip passes sights such as the City Lights bookstore and sheds light on the bands, beatniks, hippies, and hip replacement that lended the area its distinct flavor. Passengers are encouraged to sing along and dress in brightly colored attire to add verisimilitude to the timewarping tour. Tours embark Fridays and Mondays at noon and 2 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.