During the Great Depression, president Roosevelt proposed an exposition to be held in San Diego, CA in order to promote and support San Diego’s economy. On May 29th, 1935 at 11 am, the US Marine Corps color guard led a parade across Cabrillo bridge to Plaza del Pacifico where the US flag was raised to symbolize the official opening of the California Pacific International Exposition. The week after was known as Fleet Week, where 114 warships, 400 military planes, 48 battleships, 3000 commissioned officers, and 55,000 enlisted soldiers arrived on the shores of San Diego. This exposition and parade was such a financial success that it was decided to be held for a second year… then continuously for 82 years and counting.
One of the locations that these fleets frequented was our great city of San Francisco! These fleets would dock and become visiting ships for tourists to come aboard and experience the ship. In turn, San Francisco welcomed the soldiers and allowed them to be a part of a vibrant community. Though the original Fleet Week and the modern day San Francisco Fleet Week are a bit different, the festivities remain the same… except for the famous Air Show that takes place every year over and around the Golden Gate Bridge! The Air Show began in 1981 and has become so popular that it is celebrating its 38th anniversary this year! Make sure not to miss such an exciting event!
Here is a schedule of all the events occurring below:
Air Show & Blue Angels (Featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels and Canadian Snowbirds) – Oct 5-7
Ship Tours – October 3-6
Bark at the Park “K9 Heroes” – Sat. Oct. 7
The Humanitarian Assistance Village – Oct 5-7
Private Tours San Francisco
Hitch a ride on a Private Tours San Francisco! Feel the vibes of peace love freedom and adventure on our Private Tours San Francisco, for just you & 5 of your grooviest friends! 6 passengers total. Let our hippie-buses take you down unique streets & visit landmarks where the other big buses and vans are forbidden. Our friendly and knowledgeable guide will take you on a 4 hour guided tour with just the right amount of fun, facts, and fantastic stories about The City. We also take you to best sites for photo ops, to take pictures of yourself as you discover San Francisco!
We have created an amazing route that visits famous attractions and included some of our own hidden stories. We want to make sure your experience with our Private Tours San Francisco is the best, so our drivers can linger in areas that you like most. We can also tailor the route to places you have the most interest, making this a unique and unforgettable experience! Places we can take you include:
San Francisco tours en Español
San Francisco tours en español con Love Tours es una experiencia inolvidable! Explore la ciudad en pintorescos Volkswagen Hippie Buses, completamente renovados para su comodidad y diversión, con único alfombrado, cortinas y murales. El conocimiento de San Francisco de nuestro guías es solamente igualdado a lo divertido que son ellos; y siempre con las buenas vibras de Paz Y Amor! El tamaño de nuestros Hippie Buses nos permite viajar por calles restringidas con increíbles vista de San Francisco. Y todo el tour en Español!
Alcatraz Tours & The Love Tour
The Alcatraz Tours is one of San Francisco’s leading attractions, due to its notoriety of their long term “tenants” and the more than a dozen failed escape attempts. Alcatraz Tours present an engaging piece of San Francisco’s and American history as well amazing views of the City’s skyline… but before we send you off the Island, hitch a ride in one of our VW Hippie Buses for an enthusiastic and authentic way to get-to-know San Francisco. Travel down unique streets where other buses are forbidden. Visit the homes of San Francisco’s counter-culture icons such as The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, while grooving to the sounds of the 60’s and other San Francisco classics.
San Francisco Night Tours
The best time to fall in love is after the sun sets! You will surely fall in love with San Francisco and all the city’s beautiful views at night. Begin your San Francisco Night Tours at the last bit of daylight, then continue on to watch the sky turn tie-dyed at sunset. Next admire the Bay at dusk and then view the San Francisco skyline as it transforms itself into a universe of twinkling sparkling lights. The San Francisco Skyline will take your breath away, to the tune of Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.. T
Love Bus: “Peace, Love, Freedom & Adventure”
Among our hippie buses, this 1972 VW Hippie Bus with big bay windows was the original inspiration for San Francisco Love Tours. Allan hunted for this bus for quite a while, and when he learned that this particular bus had been a family vacation vehicle for years, creating many wonderful childhood memories, he knew this bus had the right soul and spirit. Even though the orange paint was faded and the engine needed to be completely rebuilt, this “Love Bus” had the true family history of peace, love, freedom and adventure.