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Cable Cars

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Nob Hill
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Address: San Francisco, CA
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10:00 - 18:00
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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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Cable car tour

If you come to San Francisco you have to do a cable car ride. They are just great and the view from them is fantastic!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Watford ontario
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Watford ontario
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you come to San Francisco you have to do a cable car ride. They are just great and the view from them is fantastic!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took a tram from the Fishmans Wharf through to Pier 1, it was a large tram with plenty of space. I found the ride very quaint and for $2.50 good value.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our tour guide was Jake very knowledgeable of San Francisco . Also played some good songs on our tour reference of San Francisco . I highly recommend the tour it is a hop on hop off tour . So you can get off in China town or little Italy and get back on every hour . If you are in... More 

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Mill Creek, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We used cable cars several times to move around the city. It is a must when visiting but don't expect the operators to be very friendly. They obviously deal with tourists every day and somewhere along the line, they have lost their motivation to be nice. Note: Don't pay the full ticket price (expensive). Instead, buy a MUNI Passport for... More 

1 Thank Gary2425
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Runs from near Fisherman's wharf right into down town near Union Square. As far as English people are concerned it is a tram and Health and Safety laws would ban it from having so many standing passengers particularly those standing outside.

1 Thank MBKOKent
Sunbury-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We just had to ride a Cable Car through San Francisco. We bought 4 x tickets (family of four) for the whole day which cost just under $80 so not cheap. One way would have cost $7 pp (no discount for children). We got to see a fair bit of San Francisco this way, but do wrap up warm as... More 

1 Thank TashaTait
New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I must start by saying I am currently going thru chemo treatment for cancer, so I do not have a lot of energy. But in San Francisco, so have to ride an original cable car. Took the Powell/Nob Hill ride and at the top of Nob Hill, the conductor said you can get off to take pictures if you want.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You need to try the Cable Cars at least once when in SF. They are so much fun to ride. Not expensive and make it up the hills easily. The stop was located not far from Union Square where we were staying.

1 Thank J0hnPM10
Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not only traditional but also still very functional if you need to go to the Fisherman's Wharf for example.

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The stand out feature of San Franscisco are the hills. They seem to be everywhere (43 in total) and are very steep. They are quite difficult to climb up, unless you are quite fit. The most common method of travel up and down these very steep hills are their famous Cable Cars. These have been in operation since 1873 and... More 

Thank KeithD50

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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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