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Scenic 49 Mile Drive

Throughout San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (Civic Center)
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Ranked #108 of 306 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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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
40 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The flirty nine mile drive never ceases to amaze no matter how many times you do it The only challenge is that it is becoming harder as more seagull signs go missing and as more roadworks hit the city such as the current ones on the 101 by the Golden Gate Bridge. So if you are planning to do it... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Well worth the trip. My wife had been to SFO ten years ago and remembered doing most of this but the first few days we had trouble spotting the bird as we did other things. You can google it and there is a site that describes where the entire trip takes you so then we discovered a few "holes" in... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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222 reviews 222 reviews
119 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 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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318 reviews 318 reviews
173 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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226 reviews 226 reviews
38 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 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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244 reviews 244 reviews
55 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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