Scenic 49 Mile Drive

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Scenic 49 Mile Drive
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John M
Santa Cruz, CA4,368 contributions
Jul 2021
Watch for the signs directing you to the scenic drive. The views are different on the scenic drive, compared to the usual busy streets.
Written July 10, 2021
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,714 contributions
Mar 2020
The 49 Mile Scenic Drive was created in 1938 in order to showcase the highlights of the City of San Francisco. for the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition. It was already a convoluted route which originally began at city Hall and ended on Treasure Island. Since 1939 the route has been altered somewhat but still remains convoluted and today plagued with traffic problems and poor maintenance of signage. Specifically, the Seagull in profile with a blue background signs have been badly faded and not all are clearly visible. You will need to use the internet to get a clear description of the route.

Some of the major sites along the route are City Hall, Asian Art Museum, Little Saigon, Japan Town, Union Square, China Town, Telegraph Hill, Lombard Street, Coit tower, Fishermen's Wharf, Palace of fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Lake Merced, California Academy of the Sciences, Haight-Ashbury, Twin Peaks The Castro and Oracle Park.

Parking at these various sites runs the range of easy to very difficult. Metered street parking is available at some locations. Due to the numerous hassles involved in trying to run the route most tourists opt for city transportation or the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus.
Written January 5, 2021
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mini
Fremont, CA139,706 contributions
Jun 2020
We have driven Scenic 49 Mile Drive in San Francisco Numerous times. This time we enjoyed driving it again. There are various points of interest, scenic views, and of course lots of things to do.
Written June 30, 2020
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norman
Farnborough, UK389 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you're looking at your SF guide book thinking "Crikey, where do we start?" then a day spent on this driving tour gets you around the city's main sights, attractions and scenic points. Parking along the route was pretty easy on street and where there are meters they take credit cards - so if you want to take an hour out to visit a place, grab refreshments, stroll around one of the parks, explore Chinatown or Fisherman's Wharf then you can!
Written February 24, 2020
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Roving291359
11 contributions
Feb 2020
Took a partial walking tour of this Drive from Chinatown to Fisherman's Wharf. Lots to see and learn about!
Written February 23, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,874 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a wonderful way to see much of the city and the sites, but be aware that traffic has become very congested, so this is not for the feint of heart. Be prepared for delays.
Written January 28, 2020
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GPBurdell67
Asheville, NC1,974 contributions
Aug 2019
After many visits to SF over the years and concentrating on the highlights, we decided to try the 49 Mile Drive to see more out-of-the-way places. We certainly did not see it all (it would takes many days if you stop along the way -- and you will) but it is a good way to see under underappreciated places outside the super busy tourist areas.
Written December 25, 2019
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Novello L 07
Bedfordshire, UK303 contributions
Oct 2019
Loved Carmel and the scenic streets around, you could easily spend a few hours here. Shops expensive but costs nothing to look, plenty of places for a coffee and or snack. The drive around and to pebble beach really scenic and time to take pictures with a shirt stop. Monterey a bit boring unless you have an aquarium ticket to pass the time
Written November 4, 2019
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treborz1
Foster City Ca305 contributions
Oct 2019
This scenic drive never gets old. It wends it way by the bay, goes through interesting neighborhoods and gives the motorist a nice perspective on many different aspects of life in the city. One does have to take care in some parts because a few of the 49 Mile Drive signs go missing to thieves on occasion, but the drive is well worth the 3 or so hours it takes.
Written November 1, 2019
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GlobeTrip78
Cambrils, Spain1,242 contributions
Aug 2019
All the views of this great bridge are incredible, but this is very relaxing. You have a nice view there.
Written September 6, 2019
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