A visit to San Francisco is only complete with riding the postcard-perfect moving national landmark, the Cable Cars. Unique to San Francisco, cable cars are pulled along by cables running beneath the street. Andrew Smith Hallidie got the inspiration for Cable Cars after seeing an accident when a horse-drawn streetcar slid backward under its heavy load in 1869. Cable cars launched after four years in 1873.
Powell-Hyde is the most scenic line with Coit Tower, Alcatraz Island, and San Francisco Bay views. Dress in layers for chilly winds.
There are three lines for visitors to choose from: Two lines start at Powell St and Market St intersection and continue to the Fisherman's Wharf area; one line starts at California St and Market Street intersection and continues to Van Ness Avenue.
Seeing Cable Cars turn at the turntables at the beginning or end of each route is a delightful experience.
They are a popular form of transportation not only for tourists but also for residents.