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Cable Cars, San Francisco

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Explore San Francisco's historical downtown with a ride on Cable Cars. Established in the mid-19th century, three of the original 23 cable lines are still running. Passengers can travel along the steep streets and admire some of the city’s most iconic monuments and neighborhoods. Hop on the trolley and enjoy the rumbling scenic ride up Hyde Street or down to Fisherman’s Wharf, soaking in views of the expansive San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Learn more about this remarkable transportation system with a visit to the Cable Car Museum. Combination tickets offer unlimited rides on the system along with admission to many of the city’s museums. To visit Cable Cars on your trip to San Francisco, use our San Francisco day trip site .
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  • The cable cars were a fun way to get from one side of the city to another. Seats were tight but riding on the side was not a problem. Would recommend if you are off Market Street to get a day pass if ...  more »
  • After talking with a local he told us to but a 3 day pass to ride the cable cars and buses throughout the city. We were within walking distance of the F line that could take us to Fisherman's Wharf in...  more »
  • To see these old style modes of transport in action is great fun, whether you’re dodging them as you cross the road, watching them turn or taking a ride on them. I’d fully recommend taking the ride to...  more »

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Where to stay in San Francisco

From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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