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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA
415 673 6864
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Ranked #62 of 281 activities in San Francisco
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Owner description: Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after the 1950s, these cars have been kept in operation more out of historic... more » Owner description: Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after the 1950s, these cars have been kept in operation more out of historic nostalgia. Seventeen miles of track remain and have been deemed a historical landmark. « less
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Because you'll be waiting in line for no reason whatsoever except that you're a tourist and didn't know any better. The cable car is actually used by locals but at certain locations not just the tourist traps like the Powell or Fisherman's Wharf turn around. My favorite place to take cable car is anywhere on California Street. Take it on... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It's an unique experience but do not wait at the main stop since the line can be long. Try to get on at the less popular stop. Definitely do not wait in front at the gap store to get on.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Everyone should ride the SF cable cars at least once in their lifetime. The best run is from Market and Powell Streets (just outside the BART Powell Street station, to Fisherman's Wharf. They're fun to ride and the operators are always a kick. The downside in my opinion is the cost...$5.00 each way per person. We are in SF often...would... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Having lived in the city all my life, i still love a ride on our cable cars and I am sure you will.too.I am sorry that you have to wait in line and pay a little extra to do so but it's well worth it. Get there early or go late on a week night to avoid the wait.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is the only moving National monument. Ride it for the history, not for quick transportation. We were there on a slow day, without much traffic, but you still had to wait (for the scheduled interval?) and they only travel at about 9 mph, so you won't be speeding any where. We hopped on at Guiridelli area and rode to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I admit that these are not the best (or cheapest) way to get around the city but they are the most fun! In our over protective society, especially California, it is great to ride on a moving vehicle and just hang on!! Get in line early or it will get busy. My favorite is the Powell-Hyde Line especially returning to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I always enjoy bringing visitors on the cable cars along with my kids, people of all ages will enjoy this, about the last of real San Fran, while you can sit down it's better to hang on and experience the thrill of the past, before it's banned ( hanging on to the outside of the cars) catch either at union... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The cable car is a historical landmark that has been operational since 1873. There are not very many transportation system that is still in existance for over 140 years. So regardless of lines, I think it is so cool to get on one of these cable cars just for the heck of it. Sometimes one can avoid the lines by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A fun chance for locals to play like tourists. Convenient to Union Square and the Ferry Building. Well worth the price on a nice day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A lot of locals seem to have some disdain for the cable cars and think they are nothing more than rolling tourist attractions. There may be some truth to that, but they are also historical and a defining feature of San Francisco. Not riding one at some point when visiting SF would be like not riding a subway in NYC,... More

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