We at FOOT! fun walking tours are very excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and will be offering special FLASHBACK tours all year long. Relive the Psychedelic '60s—or experience them for the first time—on one of our fun- and fact-filled tours that explore the Haight-Ashbury district, the counterculture movement that put it on the map, the San Francisco music scene, and some of the significant figures that represent that era.

FUN FLASHBACK FACTS

Flashback examines the rise and fall of the Haight-Ashbury hippie culture. Starting in 1964 as a utopian ideal of peace, love, and flower children, the dream was virtually over by 1968 when the streets filled to capacity and the trip turned bad, man. Really bad.

We see the locations of some of the most memorable events of the tie-dyed Summer of Love, as well as the former homes of the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and other notable characters. The tour also discusses the music, poster art, and lifestyles that defined the Hippie era in San Francisco’s most colorful neighborhood.

We’ll also cover the role of the Diggers, a group of activists who organized “happenings,” opened soup kitchens, and operated “free stores” in the Haight. (How were they able to give so many away free goods? Volume.)

Flashback explores a neighborhood that avoided the Great Fire of 1906, so you’ll see some old Victorian homes, as well as some of today’s colorful characters—we recommend packing a camera.

This tour discusses the sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll of the hippie era, including the San Franciscan psychedelic music scene.

tour distance: about 16 blocks
tour duration: about two hours
hills: mostly flat walking
ending location: the "Old Fire House" at Waller and Stanyan

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Frequently asked questions about Flashback:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The Flashback tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

What if I want to go on a day and time that isn’t offered?

Additional dates and times of this tour that are not on our schedule may be available upon request, but keep in mind that there may be an additional fee per ticket charged in order to accommodate your special request. Please click on the “Contact FOOTtours” link to let us know what date and time you are interested in!

Are there any hills on this tour?

This tour is mostly level with just a couple of moderate hills.

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Are children allowed?

Due to the nature and content of this tour, we label it PG-13. Use your judgment bringing children!

Does the tour end where we start?

The tour ends at the "Old Fire House" at Waller and Stanyan. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once!

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The city has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

No. The tour is about two hours long, covering 16 blocks of mostly flat walking.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation. Parking is very limited and can be tricky in residential areas. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets. If you do park in the Haight, be sure to carefully read the street signs, as parking may be unavailable due to street cleaning, for example.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

more details about WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN

This tour discusses the sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll of the hippie era, including the San Franciscan psychedelic music scene.

We explore the locations of some of the most memorable events of the tie-dyed Summer of Love, as well as the former homes of the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and others. The tour also discusses the music, poster art, and counterculture lifestyles that defined the psychedelic hippie era in San Francisco’s most colorful neighborhood. 

This expanded tour delves further into the beautiful Victorian architecture of the Haight, the most affluent neighborhood of the late 1800’s, spared from the the destruction 1906 Earthquake and fire—we highly recommend packing a camera.

We will discuss the role of the Diggers, a group of activists who organized “happenings,” opened soup kitchens, and operated “free stores” in the Haight. (How were they able to give so many away free goods? Volume.) We explore how these utopian idealists—together with musicians, Ken Kesey’s acid-munching Merry Pranksters, the Hell’s Angels, and tambourine-twirling Hari Krishnas—started a communal lifestyle in the middle of a major city that changed our society forever (or at least until last November).

There are two opportunities for rest stops in a public euphemism and a few choices for refreshments in some historic Haight street bars along the way, and even a few man-walks-into-a bar jokes, if you are lucky.

tour distance: about 18 blocks
tour duration: about three hours
hills: mostly flat walking
ending location: Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park

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Frequently asked questions about What a Long Strange Trip it's Been:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

What if I want to go on a day and time that isn’t offered?

Additional dates and times of this tour that are not on our schedule may be available upon request, but keep in mind that there may be an additional fee per ticket charged in order to accommodate your special request. Please click on the “Contact” link to let us know what date and time you are interested in!

Are there any hills on this tour?

This tour is mostly level with just a couple of moderate hills. But We do our best to make sure you don’t have a bad trip.

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 12 stops along the tour.

Are children allowed?

This tour will enter a drinking establishment, so all participants must be 21 and carry a valid ID.

Does the tour end where we start?

The tour ends at the "Old Fire House" at Waller and Stanyan. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once!

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating—then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The city has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy coffee or a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

Our What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been tour is led by our Haight-Ashbury expert, tour guide/playwright/director/comedian Kurt Weitzmann.

Is the tour strenuous?

No. The tour is about three hours long, covering 18 blocks of mostly flat walking.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation. Parking is very limited and can be tricky in residential areas. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets. If you do park in the Haight, be sure to carefully read the street signs, as parking may be unavailable due to street cleaning, for example.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. (Another fun FOOT fact!) A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we often stop mid-way for a coffee break if our participants request it.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water. There are no meals included on the tour, but we may stop for a quick coffee break if the guests request it!

Can we take pictures?

Certainly! The Haight-Ashbury district has one of the largest concentrations of original Victorians in the city, plus lots of colorful characters, too.

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like. Children are, after all, our future. And there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. (Depending on their age, they may not be allowed into certain drinking establishments.)

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.

What kind of drugs should I take for this tour?

Kidding. We are totally kidding! Please, no drugs, unless you bring enough for everybody. Again: kidding. But we will stop at an infamous hippie bar for a legal refreshment on our search for inner truth.

Will we be able to change the patriarchal system using only our positive energy and spread peace throughout the world?

Yes. Unless it's foggy.

THE SHORT TRIP tour details

This mini version of the FLASHBACK tour is 67 minutes of the highlights of 1967. (Since this is San Francisco, it's wise to add about 15-20 minutes to every trip.) We'll give you the basics you need to get your bearings in the Haight and of the Summer of Love, including the following:

  • The “Rolling J’s” Game and how the Good die Young
  • The Diggers: Unsung Heroes of the Summer of Love
  • The Human Be-In: how it all began
  • Unique Victorian Architecture
  • The Chutes
  • Anarchist Bookstore: Don’t Ask for the Manager
  • Map to the Stars’ Homes: Grateful Dead, Janis, and Jimi

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Frequently asked questions about The Short Trip:

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card. Cash is not accepted.

What if it rains?

The Short Trip tour runs rain or shine! We have a bad-weather version for rainy days so you will still enjoy yourself just as much.

What if I want to go on a day and time that isn’t offered?

Additional dates and times of this tour that are not on our schedule may be available upon request, but keep in mind that there may be an additional fee per ticket charged in order to accommodate your special request. Please click on the “Contact” link to let us know what date and time you are interested in!

Are there any hills on this tour?

This tour is mostly level with just a couple of moderate hills.

Do we walk the whole time?

The tour is about half walking and half talking. We stop, discuss a building, person, or historical event, then move to the next stop. We will be making about 10 stops along the tour.

Are children allowed?

Due to the nature and content of this tour, we label it PG-13. Use your judgment bringing children!

Does the tour end where we start?

The tour ends at Haight Street near Clayton. We feel we can show more of the City by ending in a different area. Plus, we don't want you to have to walk up any hills more than once!

Should we tip our guide?

We encourage it. Like all service professions, if you enjoyed the tour, the guide appreciates a tip!

Why can't we pay with cash?

Because tours often sell out in advance, tickets must be purchased ahead of time by credit card. Also, some guides are uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash through high-traffic areas. (But they do appreciate a tip at the end of the tour!)

Should we drive to where the tour starts?

We recommend NOT driving in San Francisco. It's noisy, confusing, and frustrating--then you have to park, which is more of the same (and expensive). We'll supply you with other options after you purchase your tickets.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

We have a few bathroom opportunities along the route, so if you need to stop, please let us know and we will accommodate you.

What should we bring on the tour?

Always be prepared for San Francisco's climate: dress in layers and check the forecast for tour day. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and a camera are recommended. The city has a confusing pattern of streets, so a map can be handy, too. Bring extra cash if you might want to buy a snack along the way.

Who will my tour guide be?

No particular guide is guaranteed for this tour, but all of our guides are professional entertainers and will show you a good time! From comic actors to stand up comedians and improvisers, we have it all. All of our guides are history buffs as well, and will teach you more than you can imagine about the stops along the way.

Is the tour strenuous?

No. The tour is over an hour long, covering 12 blocks of mostly flat walking.

Where should we park?

We strongly recommend public transportation. Parking is very limited and can be tricky in residential areas. We'll supply other options after you purchase your tickets. If you do park in the Haight, be sure to carefully read the street signs, as parking may be unavailable due to street cleaning, for example.

Where can I get a map?

San Francisco's streets were laid out by a drunk who received death threats for the poor job he did. A map is essential because streets can turn into paths or change names. Ask your hotel concierge for a map; they can also provide other helpful information.

Are any meals included?

No, there are no meals on this tour, but we are happy to offer advice on places to eat.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Sure! Feel free to pack a light knapsack with a snack and bottle of water.

Can we take pictures?

Certainly!

Can I take a stroller on the tour?

Yes, strollers are allowed on the tour, but we do go over many curbs, potholes, and doorways. It may be rather difficult to bring a stroller, but of course you are welcome to if you'd like.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the various hills, curbs, and bumps involved. Please check out one of our other tours!

Are dogs allowed on the tour?

Dogs are allowed on the tour but may not be permitted in some of the buildings that we enter.

Are gift certificates available for this tour?

Yes! Gift certificates for FOOT! comedy walking tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact FOOTtours" link.

Can I book a private tour?

Certainly! We offer tours for private groups, family events, and corporate team building. We can accommodate a variety of special requests as well, including starting and finishing locations, topics, tour lengths, and just about anything. Please use the "Contact FOOTtours" link to inquire further about special group rates and customized tours.