Cable Cars, San Francisco
Ride on the cable cars! These have to be the most over-rated tourist attraction, but I still think that they're one of the best attractions!
It's so fun to stand hanging onto the rail and travel up and down the steep, steep slopes that make San Francisco so quaint.
Fondest memory: Has to be of being in San Francisco itself... the whole adventure of it all!
My first big trip out on my own with my friends... so it's become quite symbolic of my initiation into becoming a traveller of this world... where at once, I'm alone, and yet surrounded with fellow travellers...
These are all MUST-DOs: the Powell-Hyde Cable Car ride from the base of Powell Street through Union Square, Nob and Russian Hills.
This is the Lombart Street stop (The crookiest street in the World).
As I drove down Lombart street I don't have a picture of it. It took 20 min queuing before our turn and once down I didn't have the opportunity to stop :-(
See also Alcatraz at the rear!
Take in a cable car ride. Touristy yes, but still a wonderful way to see the city. Try to go early in the morning before the long lines form.
Fondest memory: Watching the sunset at Fisherman's Wharf while listening to the sounds of hundreds of barking seals.
Fisherman's Wharf sucked, just standard tourist crud, but the seals kept bringing us back to this area, either by foot or boat. The seals may look adorable and sound hilarious but ugh, the smell of hundreds of seals can be very overwhelming.
Ride those famous cable cars. This is a great way to see all of the fantastic Victorian architecture and you can also avoid having to walk up some of those terribly steep hills!
Fondest memory: Food, glorious food! The options of where to eat are endless when you are in SF - chocolate-covered strawberries, clam chowder soup, Thai delicacies, and Indian pizza (Go Zante's pizza!). While you are walking the streets of this city and see a restaurant that looks interesting (there are plenty) - try it out! I think that this is one of the most exciting things to do in SF.
Favorite thing: The cable cars are what I remember most about SF, but there are many wonderful things to do and see in this city. I was on my own here and I found getting around no trouble at all. Another hi-lite was Lombard Street. However ensure that you get the correct cable car so you don't have to walk from the bottom to the top. It certainly is worth while.
Favorite thing: I love the street cars, especially going up and down the hills. Nowhere else in the United States can you have such fun getting to your destinations. Get a metro pass and you can ride the buses and streetcars anywhere you would want to go for an affordable price.
ride the cable car from Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf. If you take the Powell-Hyde car you'll und up at the Buena Vista where you can have the original Irish Coffee. That's right the first Irish Coffee ever made was made in this cafe. From inside the Buena Vista you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and watch them turn around the cable cars!!
Fondest memory: Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista, pasta at Firenza by night (se below), martinis from the bar in the St. Francis hotel (not this trip but once in my past)!
Take a cable car ride and it MUST be the Hyde Street line! Incredible views, hills, small streets...the essence of a cable car ride.
Fondest memory: Standing at Coit Tower with its incredible views of the Bay and hills.
You MUST ride a cable car (see transport)
Fondest memory: I personally just enjoyed walking around, I walked loads. I thought China town was nice but a bit made up for the tourists. I walked out to pier 5 and then up to pier 41.
Favorite thing: I really wanted to take a ride in one of the cable cars but there was a pretty long waiting line so we decided not to go..
Favorite thing: There are couples of turntable locations along the San Francisco cable car network. It is one of visitor's must to watch how the brakeman turn the cable car when it reach the terminal.
Favorite thing: Take a trip on a cable car! A really memorable experience - these things are real working antiques.
Favorite thing: Take a ride on a Street Car. $2 per person for a one way trip. Also check out the Street Car museum.
Cable Cars and Alcatraz (close to Lombard St).
It's full of tourist and maybe you will stay in line to catch a ride in the cable car, but you must go at least once!