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Powell-Mason Cable Car

Ride on a historic cable car over San Francisco's famous hill and past many must-see destinations
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  Riding the famous San Francisco cable cars should be at the top of the list for any visitor to San Francisco. These historic cars have... more »

Tips:  Tickets cost $5 each way for adults and children 5-17. You can also purchase passes for multiple days: $13 for one day, $20 for three... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Hallidie Plaza

Hallidie Plaza is named after Andrew Smith Hallidie who invented the cable car after watching a heavy cart slide backward down a slippery hill, dragging five horses to an unfortunate death.

Today, the plaza is likely one of your first stops in San Francisco. It is near the center of downtown San Francisco and at the heart of the tourist center.... More

When you think of Union Square, think shopping. When the space was set aside by the first mayor this was not its intention, but Union Square has become one of the largest and most popular shopping areas in all of San Francisco. You could spend hours at the various clothing stores, but you can also spend your time window-shopping if you aren't... More

If you like seafood this place is a no-brainer. The wharf is only a few blocks from the end of the cable car line, so you cannot miss it. Whether you are in the mood for a fancy dinner at Alioto's, which offers great views of the bay, or just want a bread bowl of clam chowder from one of the smaller vendors on the street, you need look no further.... More