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Things to Do in San Francisco: Top Sights and Attractions


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#12. Ride a Cable Car
riding a cable car is one of the top things to do in san francisco

Riding a Cable Car is One of the Things to Do in San Francisco

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Join me on a countdown of the top dozen things to do in San Francisco, as evaluated by our readers.

Ride a Cable Car

Iconic, fun and uniquely San Francisco, the cable cars are often called San Francisco's moving landmark.

A cable car ride can be a bit of a thrill as they clatter up and down the hills, bells ringing. You'll some interesting neighborhoods along your route - or someone else's backside the whole way, depending on whether you're lucky enough to snag an outside seat or get stuck inside.

Pros and Cons

A ride is a true San Francisco treat and many visitors don't want to go home until they've done it. On the downside, there are only a few places they go, the wait to get on can sometimes seem endless - and there are only a few of the highly-prized places to stand outside.

More About San Francisco Cable Cars

If you need more information, check the Complete Guide to Cable Cars. It will tell you how to get on (and off), where to get tickets - and clue you in to the place with the shortest lines.

Take a photo tour of the cable cars to see what they're like and the places they go.

See the cable car routes on a map - and what attractions they go to.

Don't Take Our Word For It

See how others rate Cable Cars - from Yuck! to Awesome! For your reference, everyone's taste is different, our readers are a fussy bunch and they get even pickier in San Francisco, with the best-rated attractions in the San Francisco area getting 55% to 60% Awesome votes.

The Most Popular Things to Do in San Francisco

This list of things to do in San Francisco is based on the San Francisco places people search for most online and observations of the most popular things to do in San Francisco as indicated by the number of people there. The rank comes from what our readers say are the things to do they like best in San Francisco.

There are plenty of other things to do in San Francisco besides the ones on this list. If you're looking for more things to do, something different or perhaps a few sights that reflect the "real" San Francisco more than its tourist facade, start with More Things to Do in San Francisco: Best of the Rest. If you are very interested in specific things to do or other activities in San Francisco and you have plenty of information, don't skip them because of our recommendations. However, if you don't know much about something, there may be a reason why it's not listed. We recommend researching other things to do carefully before you go to be sure you spend your San Francisco vacation time and money wisely.

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