If you’re going to go on a San Francisco city tour you might as well go for something unique and exciting. That’s exactly where the fire engine tour fits in. Yep, this tour is on a vintage fire truck and takes in some of the city’s best sights.
World Famous Fire Engine Tour
You can choose to wear one of their authentic fireman jackets if you want to go all out…or if you just want the very best wind and chill protection on offer. Those jackets really do keep out the blustery air, especially during winter and on the night time tours.
There are tours throughout the day, as well as different themed tours. As I visited in December I opted for the Holiday Lights Tour, taking in the city’s best Christmas decorations. There’s a 50s tour, a winery one, and of course, there’s the classic city tour that takes you across one of San Francisco’s most treasured possessions – the Golden Gate Bridge.
These city tours are different not just because of the super cool truck – look at it, just look at it! – but because they’re very small. Due to the size of the fire engine you’ll only ever be in a group of about ten people max. The tour guides are down to earth, chatty, fun locals. My guide seemed to be channelling a Jess from New Girl kinda vibe, which certainly made for an entertaining evening. She’d burst into her own songs midway through a story and seemed to see the truck as her own open air stage. People on the street stared, cheered or waved – sometimes all three. It should have been embarrassing, but it was so awkward that it just became hilarious.
If you’re in need of some light hearted fun this tour should be on your list. It’s such a novel way to see the city of San Francisco. Admittedly my photos don’t the trip the justice it deserves. Vintage trucks look amazing, but they hardly have any suspension. Every time you think you can get the shot the truck bumps up in the air or wobbles to the side. My biggest tip would be to leave your camera at home and just enjoy the ride.
The tours start at The Cannery in Fisherman’s Wharf. You definitely need to book ahead as they’re very popular, especially for the themed ones. The classic tour costs $50, with cheaper prices for teens and children. Let them know that Taylor Hearts Travel sent you and I’m sure they’ll give you an extra loud ring of the bell!
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Big thanks to San Francisco Fire Engine Tours for hosting my visit.