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Monday 10 April 2023

One trip you must take in San Francisco


If you are planning to visit the increasingly nutty United States, then San Francisco should be one of the cities on your travel agenda.

It is a visually spectacular city with a vibrant waterfront, dramatic views and a fascinating history.

Its many steep hills make it hard for walkers, but thankfully there are the city's iconic cable cars to spin you around with a minimum of fuss - although you may face a long wait to board at peak times.

The cable cars are recognised around the world over for the clanging of their bells, panoramic views, and thrilling descents down steep hills.

Taking a ride on a cable car should always be at the top of a visitors’ must-do San Francisco list, say the local tourism authority.

The cable car lines serve around seven million passengers per year

San Francisco celebrates 150 years of cable cars in August this year - and they are the world's last manually operated cable car system, traversing three routes across the city.

Of the 23 routes of yesteryear just three remain operational: two routes from downtown near Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf, and a third route along California Street.

The first successful cable-operated street train was the Clay Street Hill Railroad, which began operations on August 2, 1873

Today, San Francisco is one of the top tourism and meetings destinations in the US and received 21.9 million visitors in 2022. 

Make sure to check out Fisherman's Wharf, the Haight-Asbury district as well as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Golden Gate Park and Chinatown are worthy of some time and try to visit Oracle Park - one of the best baseball stadiums in the US, for a San Francisco Giants game.

Taking a ferry ride to Sausalito is a joy on a warm day - and the Napa Valley is a popular day trip destination. Be prepared to spend big bucks on your wine tasting experiences.

One word of warning: be self aware. I once stepped just the wrong side of the Tenderloin district and entered a scary world of street people and drug abusers.

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair, and for details on the brighter side of San Francisco see

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