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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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Cable cars

Great way to see parts of city and get a feel for the local population. Better than buses because of slower speed of travel and very interesting to watch the operator use brakes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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byron bay nsw
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This activity gives you everything you would expect. I was just disappointing that the staff were not always that friendly.

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byron bay nsw
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great way to see parts of city and get a feel for the local population. Better than buses because of slower speed of travel and very interesting to watch the operator use brakes and accelerator... history now. Cute and Quaint. More expensive than bus travel and limited areas of travel but worth it.

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For a not that thrilling but must do experience, make sure to consider where you get on and off. The ends of the line, and many stations near Union Square can be a long wait. Cable cars will drive right by, even if you are waving like crazy, and seem to be very full most of the time. The lines... More 

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Thank Cliff R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everyone who visits San Francisco needs to ride a cable car. The drivers are so friendly and informative. One let my grandson stop the car and ring the bell!!! Fun, fun, FUN!!!

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Mohrsville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Your visit to San Fran is not complete if you haven't ridden the cable cars. Some thrill seekers hang onto the outside. Fantastic!!! Worth the wait in line.

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San Clemente
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An annual tradition, while in San Francisco, is to always make it a point to ride the iconic Cable Cars. I purchased a seven day visitors pass, so the cable car rides were part of the package. Otherwise, a one way ticket to ride is now $7.00 a person. This visit I was close to the Powell Street cable car,... More 

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Thank Matt H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely cannot miss the opportunity to jump onto one is San Francisco's iconic cable cars. You can get the best views of the city and experience the true flavor of San Francisco

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Dorridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have visited San Fran many time and I must ride the cable cars as for me it's the best attraction in the city. Do stand on the outside and hold the hand rails if you are fit and healthy. allow plenty of time for waiting to board tram as long delays are normal and the journey is not quick.... More 

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Horace, North Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had high hopes, but after standing in line for a long time in the cold, it was a bit of a let down. We had asked one conductor who was waiting to go back to pick up passengers how to take a ride and he was rude and not helpful. It felt like we were an inconvenience by asking... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

loved this attraction. took the car from the sea front up to the main square and went to maceys. cheep to ride, great fun, and the best place to see the hills from. loveed it.

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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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