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Scenic 49 Mile Drive

Throughout San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (Civic Center)
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Ranked #109 of 302 activities in San Francisco
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Type: Scenic Drives
Traveler Description: The 49 mile scenic drive was created in 1938 to showcase the city and to promote it as a tourist destination. This car drive will take you  by many... more »
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I would recommend this drive. I have done it 2x, first time in 1995 and just recently in June of 2014. I would reserve about 3-4 hours with stops and picture taking. I did it in reverse this time which made it more challenging since I went by a map and not the signs. I did this because of where... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is an amazing way to see the different areas of San Francisco! Ypu see the various cultures, neighbourhoods and you will see areas which you would have never seen... It's a really neat thing to do! However, good luck with seeing the signs... There are some missing, others are hidden by trees... Bottom line, you have to be creative.

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Murrells Inlet
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Went to Ca. on a business trip in hopes to take in some sites. The West coast is very pretty.. The drive was Great

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Yellowknife, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

this is a great tour around the area my tips 1. leave early 2. have additional maps to guide you - the seagull (evil penguin as we called it as times), does not lead you down the garden path, although once you trust in it, he can be great, rather than laughing at you 3. stop whenever you want 4.... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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196 reviews 196 reviews
104 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

I am glad I ran across this scenic map online, for it is the best way to see the city. Starting early in the morning, I was able to travel and hit all major sites in the city from the Embarcadero, Coit Tower, crooked street, Presideo, Golden Gate, Chinatown and many other locations. The worst part though is that the... More

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Rochester NY area
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317 reviews 317 reviews
173 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Your own car at your own pace...I would recommend only doing it on a weekend...for it takes you uselessly down busy Market Street...nice that conceivably you can park and take your time to site see...if raking can be found: at twin peaks and coit tower, you couldn't find parking...no way... Likes: the views from up atop telegraph hill and also... More

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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207 reviews 207 reviews
36 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The 49 mile scenic drive is a very nice introduction to San Francisco for those with a car. It includes quite a number of scenic spots outside the city that are not included in your average tour, like the coastline and the beaches south of the city. And if you like a spot, you can get off and spend some... More

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New Jersey
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55 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had a rental car in SF and decided to take the Scenic 49 mile drive on our 3rd and last day in SF. This is a fantastic way to see the city as each of the SF neighborhoods is very different. The only complaint I have of this "tour" is that the information center located at Union Square does... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

This was a fun thing to do that allowed us to see the highlights of the city. We went on a Sunday morning which I would recommend because we had very little traffic. We did do all 49 of the miles but still felt like we saw the majority of things needed to be seen.

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Schoten, Belgium
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146 reviews 146 reviews
61 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We started off on this tour, having downloaded the app. Whilst we found that it did not coincide with the road signs, we followed the tour from Japantown to the Golden Gate Bridge where we left and headed over the bridge. A very interesting concept and a great way to see SFO in every aspect.

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