49 Mile Drive, San Francisco

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900 Market St. at Hallidie Plaza (415) 391-2000

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    49 miles drive

    by orke Written Jun 15, 2003

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    while there , take your car to civic center and start driving ...follow the orange- blue signs with an eagle (or some other bird) - it will take u all over , chinatown, marina district, and aventually ull get to twin peaks....just amazing

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    The 49 mile scenic drive

    by Nemoa Written Dec 12, 2004

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    This is fantastic way to see most of SF neighbourhoods by car.
    If you start at presidio for instance you can follow the signs featuring a white seagull on a blue background and you will se some of SF best sights, the presidio, the Fort point, the Twin Peaks, the Mission Dolores, Embarcdero, Chinatown, The Marina Green ...

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    49 Mile Drive!

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 30, 2008

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    In 1938, The San Francisco Downtown Association created the 49 Mile Scenic Drive to highlight the city's beauty and to promote it as a business and tourist destination, so the route began at City Hall, curved along the northern shoreline of the bay and down the Pacific coastline, swooped around Lake Merced, dipped into Golden Gate Park, climbed to the top of Twin Peaks, cruised down Market Street, crossed the Bay Bridge, and ended on Treasure Island. It was created as an entertaining urban diversion for tourists attending the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-40, a fair that opened the following year on Treasure Island and since then the drive remained and became popular until today.

    Originally, the drive was measured at 50 miles, but it was quickly reduced to 49, to produce a more meaningful number in a city of some 49 square miles that owes its early prominence to the California Gold Rush of 1849. The only problemm is that it always have missing signs since lots of kleptomaniacs often steal the signs so many get lost (even me) when cruising the 49 mile drive.

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