Riding a Cable Car
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 76%Local Culture
- 65%Budget Travelers
- 64%History Buffs
- 56%Adventure Travelers
- 55%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 55%Art & Design Lovers
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- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersAug 19, 2013
"To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars"...Cable cars are an important part of San Francisco ambiance, whether or not you choose to take a ride. However, you have to ride a cable car at least once! For an added experience, ride on a chilly night and breathe that crisp San Francisco air.
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofBusiness TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesNightlife LoversAug 12, 2013
Better than starring in your own Rice-a-roni commercial! These cable cars are a really fun way to see the city and tackle some of the biggest hills! Get a spot hanging off the side for the best views.Recommended for:
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Aug 07, 2013
Skip the Powell Street cable car down to Fisherman's Wharf or Ghirardelli Square, and avoid the long waits for the overly touristy destinations. Instead, take the California Street cable car. You can hop on with ease at the stop near the Ferry Building and ride through the Financial District, Chinatown, and Nob Hill to its final stop at Van Ness Ave. Then take a 15-minute walk over to Fillmore Street for lunch & boutique shopping or explore Japantown.Recommended for:
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofFamily TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 5Aug 01, 2013
There's often a long line for this, but it's a pretty fun, must-go SF experience...just like in the Rice-a-Roni commercials! Live dangerously and try to get a spot standing on the perimeter of the car. Okay, it's not actually dangerous, but great for a photo opp!Recommended for:
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jun 30, 2013
You really don't ride the cable car for efficient transportation. You ride it for the experience. From Fisherman's Wharf to Hyde and Powell you can join fellow tourists in seeing parts of San Francisco.
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Apr 24, 2013
The San Francisco cable car system is the world's last permanently operational manually operated cable car system, as a tramway whose cars are pulled along by cables embedded in the street. It is an icon in the City by the Bay, and was a key part of of my commute from the Powell Street BART Station to my former Russian Hill apartment. I would patiently wait in line, pay the fare, watch the tourists, marvel at the bell ringing and stick shift skill of the Cable Car operators, enjoy the view, get off at Swenson's, and walk down the hill with my ice cream cone in hand. I also love riding on the outside and hanging my body out. And in the morning I'd wake up and do it again. Amen!
The Cable cars are part of the Muni system, and operate on two routes from downtown near Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf, with a third route along California Street. If you're a tourist, make sure that you pick the Hyde Street line when you hop on at Market Street. Otherwise you'll end up at the Projects at the end near Mason. If you're a Financial District type or want to go from the Ferry Building area to Chinatown or to hook up with the other lines, the California Cable Car is for you. The cable cars are also not to be confused with San Francisco's trolleys, which operate on Market Street. That's a different and cool ride in itself.
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Apr 01, 2013
While the cable car might be one of the most iconic things in SF it isn't necessarily the most practical for getting around. A fun novelty at most but still worth riding at least once.
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- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesFeb 11, 2013
No stop in San Fran is complete without taking a ride on the cable car. This is a great way to navigate the steep hills and get from Union Square to the Wharf in fun fashion. A must do if you're visiting.
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Dec 31, 2012
I don't care how touristy it is. I love riding cable cars. I'm surprised the overly-careful police haven't denied us this joy yet. But there's just nothing like hanging off a cable car with the smells and sounds and sights of San Francisco. Be warned: you could be waiting up to an hour at Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square. If you want the experience with out the wait, take the cable car that heads out on California St.
- Riding a Cable CarDec 29, 2012
The cable car was fun. I was ready for take off or the steep hill and ended up on a stranger's lap. After that, I held on for dear life as the natives were barely hanging on. I wanted to be Mary Tyler Moore so badly. It was a fun ride and watching it turn around.
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Dec 24, 2012
Make sure to do this once in your trip to SF. It's a little kitschy and there are other ways to get from Union Square to Ghirardelli Square. But it's probably the most fun way to do it. Try to get one of the outside seats and bring a jacket. It's usually quite nippy unless you're riding in the middle of a hot summer day.