Cable cars in San Francisco are a unique historic symbol and offer exciting way to travel around and up and down the steep hills of the city. Getting on one of these fancy, colorful cable cars may be the most unique and fun ride you’ll have as you visit the city in a private tour in San Francisco, especially if it’s your first time.
The cable cars operate from 6:00 am to past midnight; and you can expect them to run every 10 minutes. The single-fare rate for riding these cable cars is $7.00. Discounted fares are available for senior citizens but only during non-peak riding times. If you would like to explore San Francisco via these fascinating rides, it’s best to get a day pass or ticket at $17.00. This is an excellent option if you anticipate transfers from one cable car to another or to a mini bus, since these rides are all one way.
You can buy a one-way ticket or an all-day pass directly from the person operating the cable car. Be sure to bring smaller bills because the operator can only give change for $20 and below. You also have the option to get cable car passports at the ticket booths that can be found at San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, Powell or Market cable car turnaround, or at the Hyde & Beach cable car turnaround.
These cable cars can take you to a number of popular tourist destinations in San Francisco: Chinatown, Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, and the Ghirardelli Square.
But how can you get the most out of your cable car ride and how can you best enjoy every moment of this one-of-a-kind experience? Well, we have some great tips for you!
Aim to be seated on the side that faces the bay, so you can get the best views as well as the most stunning photographs! This position is the right hand side for vehicles coming from downtown and the left hand side for those coming from the Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 area.
It’s best to bring your jacket or sweatshirt with you even on a sunny day, as it can get cold and/or windy on cable cars when they move up and down the hills. And even if you’re riding cable cars to experience the thrill and fun that comes with it, keep in mind that safety still comes first always, especially when you’re riding with children.
If you’re feeling brave, you can choose to ride on the outside, standing on the running board while holding tight on a pole outside the cable car. It’s a fun, exciting feeling, but it can be hazardous especially if you get too excited. It pays to be careful and watchful at all times while enjoying the whole experience. This iconic vehicle is also a classic, romantic site for a prenup or wedding photo shot! Why not?!
Some people think that cable cars are a cheesy tourist attraction, but for those who appreciate beauty in all things even the small ones, this experience is more than just going from one point to another. It’s fun, thrilling, fascinating, and romantic in many ways.
Experience the iconic cable cars of San Francisco with the help of our expert tour guides from Private Tours San Francisco.
The Lombard Street is a one-of-a-kind road and a must-see site in San Francisco. This steep, vertically endowed street with varying gradient will definitely make your heart beat fast in a healthy, exciting way, whether you are driving or walking with an expert tour guide.
It is dubbed the “crookedest” road and one of the most famous in America. This hilly street famous for its eight very sharp curves that go down a one-way road creates a spectacular zig-zag that past through the stunning Victorian mansions, which are some of the most luxurious residences in the USA.
When the flowers found in the small part of this road are in full bloom in Spring and Summer, you will be stunned by the gorgeous assortment of bright, lively colors! The natural grade of the hill where the Lombard Street was built in early 1900s was an incredible 27 percent. This was too steep and dangerous for vehicles and even to pedestrians, bikes, as well as wheelchairs. Taken into consideration these hazards, the Lombard Street was remodelled and transformed to be the most crooked road in the world!
Ironically, the intricate curves made this 600-feet long street safer for people and one of the most famous places in the world! Drivers make their way down at the speed of five miles per hour! Driving at such ridiculously slow speed is actually enjoyable considering the beautiful flora, gorgeous mansions, and the spic-n-span sights you’ll see!
But what exactly can you do at the Lombard Street? First, you can take lots of scenic photographs to your heart’s content. When you’re standing at the bottom of the twisted part of the street looking up at the top, you’ll behold a breathtaking view of the snaky section of the street. On both sides, you’ll see stunning houses of famous residents which include Rowena Meeks Abdy an impressionist painter and the cast of The Real World San Francisco. When you’re on top of the hill, you’ll get a picturesque view of the city and a part of the beautiful Bay as you look down.
You’ll also enjoy the unique scenic drive down this hilly, curvy street. You can lean out your window and capture the experience on your video camera. Keep in mind though that this part of the road gets jam packed, especially during peak times. So expect to wait in line to take your turn in a vehicle.
The Lombard Street is also a great place to get some exercise. You can walk up or down the stairs situated on either side of this road. People often stop to catch their breath, but this scenic walk will probably be one of the best exercise you’ll get!
If you would like to explore the uniqueness, excitement, and the charm of this topsy curvy street contact Private Tours San Francisco to get the most enjoyable private tour in San Francisco.
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