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Cable Cars

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Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after...

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.

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A Touristy Must-Do

The thing to do while in San Francisco. Set up front so you can view how he brakes the car and see how steep the hills are. Entertaining.

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Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The thing to do while in San Francisco. Set up front so you can view how he brakes the car and see how steep the hills are. Entertaining.

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North Easton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Every time we visit San Francisco, we ride the cable cars. This year, however, we decided to forgo riding them doing the day (in part to avoid the crowds) and instead we rode them at night. It was fun to see the city lighted up.

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Wilmington, nc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Once you are on the cable cars and moving the experience itself is pretty cool. You get to see the city in a different way. Watching them operate the cars is also very interesting. The only negative I can say is they seem to only send out one car every 10-15 minutes, which makes standing in line frustrating. You see... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Long line at the beginning of the track on Market St. We waited for over an hour to get on - we should have walked 300m up the road to the second stop where the line was a lot shorter(maybe a 5 minute wait).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not only do these lovely histories cable cars get you from one side of the city to the other, but they are a wonderful experience. Buy a day ticket $21 and travel on them all day!

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Uppsala, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quite fun to ride those old cars, the drivers are really skilled and strong. It takes some muscle power to handle the cable cars. We had the Muni 7 day visitors pass so we tried 2 of the lines.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very popular, tickets can be purchased from Walgreens. Main loading points at end of lines long waits, if you go along road a couple of stops much shorter waits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Caught the cable car on a street corner near Union Square and rode to the "free" cable car museum! Such a great experience and great driver! Loads of fun!

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always fun to ride and a great way to get across the city. Amazing views. There can be a line if you get on at either end but you can jump on along the route more easily. If you can, ride hanging on the outside!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everybody knows SF for its historic trams. Therefore, no wonder they're almost always crowded. There are 3 lines, and for tourists I suggest using either Powell/Hyde or Powell/Mason. They're longer and have turns, while the third California line goes straight east-west. All of them go uphill and downhill through SF hills and it is really an experience to ride them.... More 

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Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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