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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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Hop On Hop Off City Tour on a Classic Cable Car
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Have always wanted to ride the cable cars in San Francisco and it is fantastic- to stand on the running board and hang on as you drop down the hills is amazing - a visit to the... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was my 3rd time to San Francisco and rode the cable cars each time. This last time was probably the worst experience of the three. Maybe it was during the holidays so it was much busier than normal, but the lines at the end of the cable car lines were so long the wait was probably hours. We got... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Have always wanted to ride the cable cars in San Francisco and it is fantastic- to stand on the running board and hang on as you drop down the hills is amazing - a visit to the cable car museum is a must

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been on the Powell-Hyde, Powel-Mason and, on this trip, the California line. The views and ambiance are always striking and amazing. The trips are even better after a visit to the Cable Car Museum (free) to learn how they operate.

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Thank Travln-Dawg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was not an option, the cable car ride had to happen! Riding the steeps hills of San Fran on the old, iconic cable car trolley was very surreal. The trolley did have a line and was crowded, but it rounded off the vacation. The open trolley gives great views and saves you a hard walk.

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Thank Courtney R
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yes, the lines are long, the cars are crowded, and Uber is faster, but hey, if you're visiting San Francisco, you have to take a ride. Try to get on at either the beginning or the end of the line you choose, to get the full experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Other than the Golden Gate Bridge, there is not much of a bigger icon of the city than the cable cars. With our hotel on Nob Hill, we used the cable cars to get back up the steep hills at the end of our days on the pier. You can buy tickets on board, but if you plan to use... More 

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Kenora, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Super cool to see the cables running as part of the street - can be tough to get midline as they don't always stop at the stops. True romance of a day gone by with them running the streets with open air and travellers hoping on and off - we got a free ride from the operator!!

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Thank Taras M
Vancouver, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

How can you go to SF and not ride the cable car? They are so much fun! If you get on/off at the end of the line, expect to wait in line. It's still worth it though and you should definitely experience it at least once while you're there!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cable cars are an awesome way to see the city. Catch in by the waterfront and ride all the way to Union Square. It is $7 per person as of Jan 2017, so enjoy the ride. You can buy tix onboard if you have cash or buy it at the ticket booth. An Uber for the same price but it... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The cable car is interesting and has great mood. It is also recommendable to travelers who wanna enjoy sfo in short time. But it has no merit if I think about the price. To ride this, always have to wait for a long time and the price is really high(at least 7 dollars each person). So I don't want to... More 

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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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