For years, before I had traveled to the Bay Area, I imagined that cable cars lined the streets. It may have been a particular rice commercial that had first enabled me to have this vision. If you grew up in the nineties, I think you know what treat I am referring to! Once we were finally there, my thoughts were realized as I saw the smooth cars rummage down the lanes. The hills were indeed rather steep as well, but walking the city, at least we had a good workout!
There is a lot of history in regards to the cable cars. What began in the 1870s is now actually the world’s last manually operated cable car arrangement. The routes that are being used currently run in the downtown area around Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf, and also along California Street. We went on them once during the day, and once at night. If it is possible with your schedule, I highly recommend going during both times. You get way different perspectives, and you could take pictures during the day of the city, but then see the lights at night.
The Cable Car Museum is a great place to stop if you are interested in seeing how the process works, as you actually see the inner mechanics of them, which is so neat. (The address for this location is 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108.) This place really provides so much information about these magnificent cable cars and helps you understand the history behind them in addition to seeing how they work in real time. I thought it was so neat to see the exact way the cables pull the cars down the streets. This particular stop is a great place to go if you have a family and also if you are interested in a fun educational experience. I will leave some resources below for you to check out, and make sure you also hit that subscribe button. Have a wonderful day!
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