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Cable Cars

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Address: San Francisco, CA
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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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Trolley Ride

It was a unique experience to ride the trolley in San Francisco! It was almost like a roller coaster ride. A must do at least once!!!

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Naples, Florida, United States
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was a unique experience to ride the trolley in San Francisco! It was almost like a roller coaster ride. A must do at least once!!!

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california
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Better value if you buy a day pass or week pass from Walgren's or Union Square. Great way to travel.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's cute and it's one of the iconic image you have in mind when arriving in SF, but the ticket is quite expensive (7 USD for whatever distance you cover, 1 or 6 stops it's always 7 USD) so make sure to do not get it nearby the last stop or you will just waste 7 usd for a 3... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Basically this is for tourist. I did not see local to use it, but all people who were on it were very happy and enjoyable. Wait time from Powel station or Hyde (The other end of Powel-Hyde) is quite long, it can be 1 hour before you ride it. However, California line that starts Financial district was not busy, and... More 

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bellmawr
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are visiting San Francisco you can't leave without taking a cable car ride. This is a must do.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must in SF, try the original cable cars and see the part of SF that you will never manage to get through on foot.

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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed using the trams and made use of them every day for every trip we made to the wharf. We loved that public transport is encouraged in SFO and that it's affordable. They come every few minutes and are reliable (unlike uber which didn't turn up as promised to take us to our whale watching trip). They are... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are visiting San Francisco for the first time, this is a must do attraction. The cable cars are not only fun to ride standing, they are an experience not be missed. If you remember seeing a cable car going up or down a steep street in movies, that's in San Francisco. I have three teenage boys and we... More 

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Louisville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We waited over an hour for a cable car that we needed to take us back to our hotel so that we could catch a flight. No cable cars came, we tried to get a refund and were denied, an officer had to tell the ticket agent to tell us about the mail-in refund process, we mailed our tickets and... More 

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Buderim, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must do in San Francisco but be prepared to queue for a ride. If you go up a street from the starting point you can generally get on quicker, just be prepared to hang off the side, which is half the fun anyway,

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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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