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Ride the Cable Car in San Francisco

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It seems appropriate to admire San Francisco’s most famous view, of the bay, from a cable car as it crests one of the hills made famous by numerous celluloid car chases and rumbles calmly downwards, overtaken by cars and buses on it’s way. The wooden, old fashioned San Francisco cable cars aren’t just local icons, adding to the city’s image of hills and views over the bay, they’re also the world last regular cable car service. Not particularly fast or cheap, cable cars are still used by commuters but are loved by tourists. There are three cable car routes running through San Francisco taking riders past sights like The Cannery, Hyde Street Pier, Ghirardelli Square, the Aquatic Park, Grace Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Church, the Museum of Modern Art and fittingly the Cable Car Museum. The first cable car trundled these streets in August 1873 and because they were safer on the steep inclines the city is known for they weren’t replaced as quickly with other forms of public transport as in most cities. There are two different kinds of car, single and double ended - the added bonus of travelling on the single ended cars is that you get to ride the turn tables to change directions, both have exposed seats facing outwards and some of the double ended cars are from the late 1800s, early 1900s.

San Francisco Cable Car Website.

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