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Cable Cars

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Address: San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: +1 415-673-6864
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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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I took my son on a cable car ride for his birthday. He loved it. The only reason I give this 4/5 starts is the wait is very long to get on the cable cars from Powell/Market and... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took my son on a cable car ride for his birthday. He loved it. The only reason I give this 4/5 starts is the wait is very long to get on the cable cars from Powell/Market and near Ghiradelli. Still well worth it.

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Mumbai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

if in SFO, do not miss cable cars. They are fun, tourist friendly and takes much lesser time.Tickets are available inside the cars as well and you can choose to sit either on inside or stand on gates

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Thank Vishal_125
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cable Cars are a great way to experience San Francisco! Perfect for a ride from downtown to Fisherman's wharf. If you decide to board anywhere other than the turnaround, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE...pay attention to the operator! Look them in the eye as you approach the car... He/she will tell you which side to board and how many there are room... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Okay so I can now mark this off my "bucket list" but it was slightly disappointing. The wait was long and I had no idea we would standing (held poles on the outside of the car) literally knee to knee with a stranger! They pack the cars and people seated had others standing right in front of them holding poles.... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The San Francisco Cable Car is an institution of the city. When you are in the heart of the city and shopping district you must take the time to jump on one of the three lines that operate between Powell—Hyde, Powell—Mason, or the California line. It is best to purchase one of the day or multi-day transit passes that includes... More 

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Wheatland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

the cable cars are a wonderful way to see the area you are in. Reasonable prices, week days seem to be the best time. Takes you back to eras gone by

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Don't miss it. Nobody knows how long will stay ,For now you have the opportunity to ride the Famous Cable cars,,but at some point were voices to cancel them because is expensive and complicate to run it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You know you wanna hang off the side, crest a hill and see the view, it's just a must-do. Don't hesitate, ride it!

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was just as I imagined the ride to be. Rice-A-Roni, a San Francisco treat. Nice and scenic experience. We took the cable car to Union Square and walked back to our hotel.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The cable cars were very easy to find if you are down near the Maritime Museum end of Fishermans Bend, Hyde Street. The cars were as I expected and had seen on TV, old and authentic. The ride was worth doing as it was nice to sit back and take some city scenery in.

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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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