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Cable Cars

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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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a must do

easy to travel on just pay cash on entry drivers can be a bit grumpy but a good experience try and get on the outside standing platform if you can

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Wells, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

easy to travel on just pay cash on entry drivers can be a bit grumpy but a good experience try and get on the outside standing platform if you can

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

it took forever to get on and our driver wasn't nice. but it's a classic and a must do so we did it.

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Tennessee, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun ride on our SF tour with Chris. Fun history lesson. Rode the cable car down the hill learning about the workings and history

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We bought the one day passport ticket for $21. Good value and can be used on trams, buses etc. You can't go to San Francisco and not ride one surely?

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Marcy, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You have to ride a cable car once while in San Francisco. You can't rely on them as a mode of transportation. They are very unreliable because they don't run on time or break down.

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Thank Rylee14
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Alright, I admit you need to ride the cable cars at least once while in San Francisco. It is an icon. But after that it is just a hassle. Very crowded cars make getting on and off difficult. There are ways around it, like walking up two or three stops from the turn arounds. However, that is no guarantee of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A USD7 a ride, not cheap but this is something any self respecting tourist should do. Great fun and astonishing the gradients these cars can tackle. A great way to see the city.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You have to do the cable cars when visiting SF. They're so unique to the city and you get to take in the city as it should be seen. The cars are all manually operated by the drivers, which I didn't realize until going on them. Nowadays everything is all pre-programmed on stuff but this is not the case for... More 

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Martos, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

These cars are an absolute must when in San Fran, seven bucks for a single ride but there are other deals available. Watching the guys turn the cars at the end of the line is a must see.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's always fun to go to San Francisco and ride the cable cars. We always seem to stay at the St. Francis and eat at Uncle Vito's pizza right after our ride. We take the car down to the warf and hang around or the day. Good times.

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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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