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Don’t Miss these 5 Must-See San Francisco Attractions

San Francisco is known for its iconic landmarks, breathtaking views, and diverse neighborhoods. However, many of the city’s most exciting spots are off-limits to the big sightseeing buses that roam the city. But fear not, there’s still a way to explore these hidden gems. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at five must-see spots in San Francisco that giant sightseeing buses can’t go to.

The alleys of the Mission District

The Mission District is a vibrant neighborhood in San Francisco, known for its colorful murals, trendy cafes, and eclectic shops. However, many of the best murals in the area are hidden away in the narrow alleyways that wind through the neighborhood. Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley are two of the best alleys to explore, each boasting a unique collection of murals that reflect the culture and history of the Mission District.

While the big sightseeing buses can’t navigate the tight alleys, an open-top Jeep tour is the perfect way to explore the neighborhood’s hidden gems. With the wind in your hair and a knowledgeable guide at your side, you can drive down the alleys, taking in the beautiful murals and learning about the stories behind them.

Fun Facts:

  • Balmy Alley is known for its political murals and was the birthplace of the Chicano Mural Movement in the 1970s.
  • Clarion Alley is a community-driven art space, with murals changing regularly to reflect current social and political issues.

The Painted Ladies

If you’re a fan of the ’90s sitcom Full House, you’ll recognize the iconic row of Victorian-style homes known as the Painted Ladies. These houses were used in the show’s opening credits, and their picturesque beauty has made them a must-see spot for tourists visiting San Francisco.

Unfortunately, the big sightseeing buses are banned from driving near the Painted Ladies, as the streets leading to the homes are too narrow for the large vehicles. However, with an open-top Jeep tour, you can get up close and personal with the famous Painted Ladies. You can admire the intricate details and bright colors of the homes, and even snap a photo or two for your Instagram.

Fun Facts:

  • The Painted Ladies are just a few of the many Victorian-style homes that can be found throughout San Francisco.
  • The homes were built between 1849 and 1915 and are considered some of the best-preserved examples of Victorian architecture in the city.
  • 7 Fun Facts About The painted Ladies Postcard Row

Chinatown Alleys

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest in the US, and is home to a wide range of restaurants, shops, and activities. However, the neighborhood’s tight alleys make it impossible for big sightseeing buses to navigate through.

But don’t let that stop you from exploring this vibrant and colorful neighborhood. With an open-top Jeep tour, you can explore the unique jade architecture of Chinatown, take in the vibrant street scenes, and even stop for some dim sum.

As you wind your way through the alleys, your guide can share the history and culture of the neighborhood, from its early days as a hub for Chinese immigrants to its current status as a popular tourist destination.

Fun Facts:

  • Chinatown is home to the world’s largest Chinatown outside of Asia.
  • The neighborhood has been the site of several major Hollywood films, including Rush Hour, The Presidio, and The Joy Luck Club.

Top 11 things to do and see in Chinatown San Francisco

The Crookedest Street

Lombard Street is one of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks, known for its unique crookedness. The street’s sharp turns were designed to make it easier for cars to navigate the steep slope, and it has since become a popular tourist attraction. Unfortunately, the street’s tight curves make it too difficult for large sightseeing buses to drive down safely.

On an open-top Jeep tour, however, you can experience Lombard Street in a unique way. You’ll drive down the crooked street in style, taking in the breathtaking views of the city and the bay. Your guide will also share fascinating stories about the street’s history and its role in shaping San Francisco’s character.


Top Ten Fun Facts About Lombard Street – The Crookedest Street


Coit Tower

Perched atop Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower is one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks. From its observation deck, visitors can enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the city, the bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge. However, getting to the top of the hill is no easy feat, especially for large sightseeing buses.

On an open-top Jeep tour, however, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the city as you make your way to the top of Telegraph Hill with ease. Once there, you can explore the tower’s interior and admire the stunning murals that were created during the Great Depression as part of a public works project. Your guide will also share fascinating stories about the tower’s history and its significance to the city.

9 Fun Facts About Coit Tower



If you want to explore San Francisco’s most exciting spots beyond the usual tourist attractions, then an open-top Jeep tour is the way to go.

With a knowledgeable guide to show you around and share fascinating insights into the city’s history and culture, you can experience these five must-see locations that are off-limits to large sightseeing buses. So, book your San Francisco open-top Jeep tour today and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!



  • BONUS ON ALL JEEP TOURS: See the Golden Gate Bridge from all angles:

  • All jeep tours include a trip over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, where you can take in the breathtaking views of the Bay Area and take some incredible pictures.



Departing from Umbrella Alley

A private small group jeep tour is the perfect way to experience the beauty and diversity of San Francisco. With the flexibility, intimacy, and exclusivity that a jeep tour offers, you’re sure to have an experience that you’ll never forget. The open top and the ability to stop along the way make for a fun personalized experience


What San Francisco Jeep tour is the best fit for your group?

San Francisco City Tour in 2 or 3 hours: Experience the best of San Francisco on our Private Ultimate City Tour by Convertible Jeep. Enjoy the flexibility of a customizable itinerary, stop at iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the city’s stunning views at your own pace with your friends and family. Perfect for all ages and group sizes.
All the sites in one day: Take the Ultimate City Tour Plus Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Private Tour by Convertible Jeep for a fully customizable, intimate, and comfortable tour, with personal attention from a knowledgeable guide, off-the-beaten-path experience, and a chance to see San Francisco’s best sights in one day.
See the city at Sunset: Experience San Francisco at night on a private 2-hour Jeep tour led by a personal guide, with stops at the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and customizable options such as Lombard Street, Union Square, and Chinatown.
Walk among the giant redwood trees: Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the giant redwoods, admire the Pacific Ocean, explore charming Sausalito, and snap unforgettable photos at the Golden Gate Bridge all in one Muir Woods and Sausalito tour.

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City Tour
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Private San Francisco Ultimate City Tour by Convertible Jeep

2, 2.5 or 3 Hours
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Night Tour
Coit Tower at sunset in San Francisco

San Francisco Sunset or City Lights Private Jeep Tour

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