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getting to sights via cable car

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getting to sights via cable car

We'll be staying in Windsor, but coming into SF to spend parts of 2-3 days. Our party consists of grandparents(early 60's), us(mid 30's), and our kids(6&11). We want to do the usual tourist stuff: GG Bridge, GG Park, Presidio, Fishermans Wharf, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, N. Beach, Chinatown, Ferry Bldg., Crookedest ST., & the steepest ST. My parents and children are not big walkers so we'll be relying on our car and public transportation. Is it possible to get to within reasonalbe walking distance to most of these sights via cable car?

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Cari

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1. Re: getting to sights via cable car

Depends to some extent what you think is "reasonable". Lots of people walk to the GG Bridge from the north end of the Powell Street Cable Cars. GG Park, probably not walkable, if you're not big walkers. The Powell Hyde line goes right through North Beach, Coit Tower is nearby but up a steep hill. The California Street line get to across the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building. The "crookedest" street is one block of Lombard, the Powell Mason line runs past at the top. The steepest street is, I think, one of the 20s down in the Mission/Castro border, cable cars get nowhere near there. If you want to take cable cars as much as possible you should get a pass, otherwise you'll be spending lots of money on the cable cars, it's $5 every time you get on. There's lots of other forms of public transit though, busses, streetcars, light rail (Metro).

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2. Re: getting to sights via cable car

Windsor is very far away.

> GG Bridge,

You'll cross it coming and going. It'll cost you $5 to come into town. You're free to leave.

> GG Park, Presidio,

Not near cable cars.

> Fishermans Wharf, Coit Tower, N. Beach, Chinatown, Ferry Bldg., Crookedest ST.,

The famous "crookedest" street isn't. The real one's on Potrero Hill. All within walking distance of cable cars with the possible exception of Coit Tower but there's a bus.

> Alcatraz,

Can't get there by cable car.

> the steepest ST

That's Twenty-first (the Eureka Valley/Mission border) from Noe Street to Church Street. Good second choices are Filbert Street between Hyde and Leavenworth streets and Kearney between Fresno Street and Broadway (take Grant Avenue to Right on Fresno to Right on Kearney). A good third choice is Jones Street between California and Pine streets.

The best on-line map of San Francisco is an inter-active PDF: geocities.com/iconoc/Grafix/MuniMap.gif. Click on it to get the *.PDF. I recommend 200-400% magnification. A creation of the San Francisco Municipal Railway, it includes all of its routes.

The "Don't-miss sights in San Francisco" page geocities.com/iconoc/Articles/Sights.html has enough to keep you busy for nine twelve-hour days. It includes links to your best source of advice on where to eat here, the UseNet Group ba.food, and the quite-good sfSurvey.

The frequently-updated SPECIAL EVENTS page has irregularly-scheduled music and dances as well as links to seven calendars of regularly-scheduled dances, a composite of five of them, and one of dance cruises and events around the world: geocities.com/dancefest/Specials.html#t

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3. Re: getting to sights via cable car

To correct something. Windsor is not far away from San Francisco. An hour and a half, I would say, at most. Except that Hwy 101 is being widened at Santa Rosa and you may find yourself in some traffic there, slowing you down.

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4. Re: getting to sights via cable car

Another correction: The Powell/Mason Cable Car goes past North Beach, The Powell/Hyde car intersects with Lombard Street at the top of Russian Hill. Check this link -

http://www.sfcablecar.com/routes.html

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5. Re: getting to sights via cable car

Accordind to the San Francisco Chronicle the steepest streets in SF are: 22nd St. Between Vicksburg and Church and Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde. At a 31.5% grade, these streets share the honor of steepest streets in San Francisco

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6. Re: getting to sights via cable car

With six people, of varying ages, I'd use your car for the GG Bridge, GG Park, the Presidio, North Beach, and Chinatown. You can find street parking or garage parking in those places and it just makes more sense with the number of people you have.

Depending on where you're staying in SF (you are staying overnight in SF one day, aren't you?). If you're not, be prepared to get up early and park it at the 5th & Mission garage ($22) and buy everyone a PassPort at the cable car turnaround or downstairs ad the Hallidie Plaza Visitors Center and take the Powell-Hyde cable car to see:

1. Lombard Street (crooked street)

2. Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz

Then I'd take the F-line either that day to:

3. The Ferry Building

4. Return to Powell & Market streets and walk back to your car.

3. The Ferry Building

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7. Re: getting to sights via cable car

sean420 said: "Accordind to the San Francisco Chronicle the steepest streets in SF are: 22nd St. Between Vicksburg and Church and Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde. At a 31.5% grade, these streets share the honor of steepest streets in San Francisco"

Thank you for that intelligence, sean420. It has been appended to the "Don't-miss sights in San Francisco" page geocities.com/iconoc/Articles/Sights.html that has enough to keep you busy for nine twelve-hour days. It includes links to your best source of advice on where to eat here, the UseNet Group ba.food, and the quite-good sfSurvey.

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8. Re: getting to sights via cable car

You are asking about reasonable walking distances. The wharf area and everything between Ghiradelli Sq & Pier 39 is several blocks but you probably won't notice the length as you'll looking, stopping, and possibly shopping along the way. Otherwise using the muni, cable cars, and your own car you should be within 2-3 blocks of eveything.

The cable cars have two end of lines near the wharf, the PH near Ghiradelli Sq and the PM a couple of blocks south on Taylor St. The PH makes a stop at the of the crooked part of Lombard St. The California line has an end of line three blocks from the Ferry Bldg.

You may find it difficult at times getting all 6 of you on a cable car because they can fill up.

You can catch the #30 muni a couple blocks south of the wharf area and get off on Stockton St in Chinatown. I belive you can take the muni to Coit Tower check schedule & map. There is limited parking there. GG Bridge there are parks on both ends for taking pictures, etc. Remember if you cross it you'll need to pay toll when you return to the city. GG park you could take your vehicle. You may be able to spend a good portion of a day there.

Alcatraz you'll need a boat I think the Blue & Gold Fleet maybe get tickets ahead of time. Alcatraz may not be as interesting to your 6yr old as the rest of you.

If your planning to ride the cable cars and muni geting off and back on numerous times the 1 or 3 day Passport might be the best option.

check these out

http://www.sfmuni.com

and

http://www.sfcablecar.com/ -nice map showing hill but fares outdated

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