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Powell-Hyde Cable Car

Ride on a historic cable car over San Francisco's famous hill and past many must-see destinations
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Riding the famous San Francisco cable cars should be at the top of the list for any visitor to San Francisco. These historic cars... more »

Tips:  Tickets cost $6 each way for adults and children 5-17. You also can purchase passes for multiple days: $14 for one day, $20 for three... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Hallidie Plaza

Hallidie Plaza is named after Andrew Smith Hallidie, who invented the cable car after watching a heavy cart slide backward down a slippery hill, dragging five horses to an unfortunate death.

Today, the plaza is likely one of your first stops in San Francisco. It is near the center of downtown San Francisco and at the heart of the tourist center. ... More

When you think of Union Square, think shopping. When the space was set aside by the first mayor this was not its intention, but Union Square has become one of the largest and most popular shopping areas in all of San Francisco. You could spend hours at the various clothing stores, but you also can spend your time window-shopping if you aren't... More

Lombard Street has been appropriately named the most crooked street in the world; with eight switchbacks in just one city block it is not hard to see why. Traffic down the street travels at only 5 mph, which is fine because it is a street strictly for tourists driving in the city--don't think you are going to save time going down it.

Hop off... More

Originally a chocolate factory, the square is now packed with various small shops (but don't worry, you can still find plenty of chocolate). There are many restaurants around the square where you can relax and refuel after a full day of sightseeing.

If you like seafood this place is a no-brainer. The wharf is only a few blocks from the end of the cable car line, so you cannot miss it. Whether you are in the mood for a fancy dinner at Alioto's, which offers great views of the bay, or just want a bread bowl of clam chowder from one of the smaller vendors on the street, you need look no further.... More