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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. Use our San Francisco tour planner to add Cable Cars and other attractions to your San Francisco vacation plans.
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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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  • Such a cool ride, up and down the hills on a cable car. Not many cities have this and definitely a must, $7 per person for a ride cash.  more »
  • A visit to San Francisco would not be complete without a trip on the Trolley Cars. I thoroughly enjoyed the Trolley Car ride to the Bay area travelling up and down the many hills on the Trolley. At th...  more »
  • We boarded the cable cars at the foot of Powell and road the car to the wharf. The line to get on was about a 45 minute wait but the line moved smoothly and it was fun seeing all the cars returning an...  more »