S.F. Bay Area — California
San Francisco Attractions
— Cable Car Turnarounds/Routes
— Cable Car Bell-Ringing Contest
— Cable Car Museum
San Francisco Cable Cars
— Fun Tourist Attraction
No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a ride on a San Francisco
Cable Car they're a San Francisco institution... and a
lot of FUN, especially on the hills!
Sit on the cable car's outer bench seats or stand outside at each
end for the best views of the
city — and hold on tight! We like standing at the back of
the cable car — this is where the gripman operates a crank for
the rear wheel brakes.
Cable Car Turnarounds
The Cable Car Turnarounds are located at Aquatic Park opposite
Ghirardelli Square on Beach Street, at Bay & Taylor — and in
the center of town, near Union Square, at Powell & Market. You can
also hop on a Cable Car at selected stops along its three routes.
Cable Car Routes
At Powell and Market streets, the cable car turnaround serves as the
beginning stop for two lines — the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde
The Powell-Mason line begins at
the Powell/ Market turnaround,
and runs from there, up and over Nob Hill, and down to Bay Street
at Fisherman's Wharf.
The Powell-Hyde line runs over
Nob and Russian hills, before
ending at Aquatic Park near Ghiradelli Square.
Both lines end near Fisherman's Wharf, but at different areas.
California Street Line
The California Street line runs
East-West from the Financial District, through Chinatown, over Nob Hill
and stops at Van Ness Avenue.
Cable Car Bell-Ringing Contest
The Cable Car Bell-Ringing Contest is held each summer in San
Francisco's Union Square.
Come and cheer on the Cable Car Gripmen as they compete for the title
of "World Champion Cable Car Bell-Ringer."
Cable Car Museum
The very first Cable Car was invented
by Andrew Hallidie in
1873. Before Cable Cars, horse drawn
cars were used for transportation
in San Francisco. But, horses were expensive to care for and couldn't
climb many of the city's steep hills. Another problem, was the disposal
of tons of horse manure in the streets. The introduction of the cable
cars solved many of those problems — and today they are
one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.
Cable Car Museum
Car Web Site
SF Cable Car
Cable Car Routes, Schedules and Destinations, Fares and Tickets