Cable Cars

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Cable Cars
Cable Cars

One of two moving National Historic Landmarks, the cable cars still climb halfway to the stars between Powell and the end of Hyde Street at Fisherman's Wharf. Hop aboard and you'll be treated to a unique 9 mph rolling tour of the city that includes views of Nob Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, the Bay and Alcatraz Island. Try to get a spot where you can hang off the running boards, Doris Day-style. You may even get a bell-ringing serenade from the conductor. It's worth jumping off at Mason and Washington streets for the Cable Car Museum, where you can learn about the history of the cable car and watch giant wheels turn the underground cables that power the cars (1201 Mason St, 415-474-1887).

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Stephanie C

When you think of San Francisco, one of the first things that probably comes to your mind is the cable cars. Riding one of these cars is the quintessential San Francisco experience, but to top it off they are pretty convenient and cheap ways to get around the hilly city!