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Cable Cars

Type: Sightseeing, Uniquely Here

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Best Attractions & Activities: In San Francisco, a cable car ride is a must! The city's signature mode of transport is perfectly equipped to tackle steep hills, and since their premiere in 1873, cars have run the same way – by gripping huge loops of steel that constantly cycle underground. The system, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964, has 40 cable cars that operate on the Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde and California Street lines. Purchase tickets at one of the end-point turnarounds or from the onboard conductor at any stop along the route. And there's no souvenir from San Francisco quite like a photograph from one of her famous cable cars.

Sightseeing: In San Francisco, a cable car ride is a must! The city's signature mode of transport is perfectly equipped to tackle steep hills, and since their premiere in 1873, cars have run the same way – by gripping huge loops of steel that constantly cycle underground. The system, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964, has 40 cable cars that operate on the Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde and California Street lines. The California Street line is usually less packed than the other lines for those who might be crowd-phobic. Purchase tickets at one of the end-point turnarounds or from the onboard conductor at any stop along the route.


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Market and Powell Sts
San Francisco, CA

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Expert Tips by Tom Molanphy

San Francisco Local Expert

Best Attractions & Activities: "It's tempting to jump on and off cable cars without paying, but don't! San Francisco has stepped up efforts to catch and fine those who avoid fares."

Sightseeing: "If you're not into crowds, choose the California cable car start as opposed to the always busy Powell Street hub."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: For tourists and locals alike, you haven't really seen San Francisco until you've seen her from her cable cars.

Best for Sightseeing Because: The cable cars are the most unique - and romantic - way to see San Francisco.

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