Dylan’s Tours has recently added electric tuk-tuks to its fleet of tour vehicles and our blog posts are going to focus on them for a while. Unless you’ve been to Thailand, Sri Lanka, or other parts of Asia, you’ve probably never been in a standard tuk-tuk, let along one with an electric engine — so we’re excited to bring something new to San Francisco!
We’ve discussed the numerous advantages our E-Tuks offer in other blog posts, and on our electric tuk-tuk tour page; so, rather than repeat ourselves, we’d like to focus on one specific advantage here: tuk-tuks are small enough to fit down any street in San Francisco!
We Can Go Anywhere that is 35 MPH or Lower
Tuk-tuks are smaller than most cars and can fit down the little alleyways and winding streets that San Francisco is famous for. This opens up so many smaller streets around the city’s world-famous Chinatown as well as Coit Tower and Lombard Street. In fact, Lombard Street is so crooked that buses and longer vehicles simply aren’t allowed down it — but it’s no problem at all for our little tuk-tuks!
The only limit on our exploration is speed, as we can’t go faster than 35 MPH. This means that highways and freeways are out of the question. However, San Francisco is famous for its little streets and its incredible Chinatown, so there is more than enough to explore without getting on a highway! Above and beyond our vehicles, Dylan’s Tours’ main commodity is its unparalleled knowledge of San Francisco; so, although we’ll keep dozens of little gems and secrets for our tours, we’d like to tell you a little bit more about some of the best streets to explore in an E-Tuk!
Coit Tower is another must-see for anyone visiting San Francisco. The tower is a beautiful example of Art Deco architecture that was made following the death of a wealthy philanthropist and volunteer firefighter, Lillie Hitchcock Coit. Coit left a third of her estate to San Francisco for “civic beautification” and the city more than delivered when they built Coit Tower (AKA Lillian Coit Memorial Tower) in 1933.
Coit Tower is situated in Pioneer Park, on top of Telegraph Hill, which gives it 360° panoramic views of the city, including Twin Peaks, Pier 36, San Francisco Bay, and the previously mentioned Lombard Street. As it’s a bit of a climb to the top of Telegraph Hill, taking one of our E-Tuks is the best way to get to the top and see the San Francisco cityscape in style!
As we mentioned before, Lombard Street is off-limits to tour buses, vans, and larger vehicles. Given than Lombard Street is one of San Francisco’s most famous locations with around two million visitors each year, it’s a real shame that tour buses can’t go there. They can take you to the top, or to the bottom — or to another location to allow you to get a better look at it, but all tour buses and vans are prohibited – even the little minibuses we use on Dylan’s Famous San Francisco Tour! That’s what makes our E-Tuks so special: they offer guests the chance to drive down it. This is especially advantageous for guests who have mobility issues that make it very difficult or impossible to walk up or down the hill. Sure, you could get a taxi, but why look out a window when you can sit in a tuk-tuk and see in any direction around you? And walking up or down it is fine, but only vehicles get to take the street’s famous eight hairpin turns — and that’s sort of the whole point…
Chinatown in San Francisco is incredible. It’s located within Central San Francisco and it’s the oldest Chinatown in North America. Not only that, but it’s also the largest concentration of Chinese people outside of Asia! Chinatown was established as far back as 1850s by the Hoisanese and Zhongshanese Chinese and it has maintained its own sense of customs, cuisine, and cultural identity ever since. Because Chinatown is the oldest chinatown in North America, it has had over a century and a half to develop its own distinctive aesthetic and it is a must-see for anyone visiting San Francisco.
A trip around Chinatown in a tuk-tuk makes a lot of sense as there are so many little streets and alleyways through the district that you simply won’t see if you explore by foot or in a larger tour bus. Our guides can take you around Chinatown and recommend the best dim sum places, the best fast food, and the best bubble tea spots in the city!
Book an E-Tuk tour of San Francisco today!
There are so many places to explore in San Francisco that are perfect for our E-Tuk tours and we’re excited to add this service to Dylan’s Tours’ comprehensive range of San Francisco tours. We’re sure you’ll have an amazing time in San Francisco and we hope you’ll give our electric tuk-tuk tour a try! Please get in touch if you have any questions about our tuk-tuk tours or any of our other San Francisco tours. Plan your next big adventure in San Francisco today!