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Cable Car on Powell Street

Susan and I  needed to attend conference meetings over the next four days, but still found time to enjoy the famous San Francisco sights: Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, City Lights Bookstore, and the very steep Lombard Street (drove it).

On Saturday afternoon, we started by taking a Powell & Hyde cable car from downtown to its terminus at Aquatic Park. We walked around the park, with its view over San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate, and had lunch at Ghriadelli Square. That evening, we took the Powell & Mason line to North Beach and dinner at Fisherman's Wharf. (A visit to the then-famous North Beach Tower Records also was in order.)

San Francisco is a compact city and very easy to walk. If it isn't within walking distance, the cable cars or another conenient form of public transportation will likely get you there. The celebrated cable cars are both a picturesque attraction and practical means of transportation around the center city.

The San Francisco Trolley Festival was in progress while we were there. For the festival, the Muni transit system ran several historic streetcars (trams) along Market Street. (Not to be confused with the cable cars.) The most popular trolley to ride was a open one from Bath, England, called the Boat Tram.

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Cable Car on Powell Street
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