In San Francisco, a cable car ride is a must! The city's signature mode of transport is perfectly equipped to tackle steep hills, and since their premiere in 1873, cars have run the same way — by gripping huge loops of steel that constantly cycle underground.
You can see the huge motors that still power these cables in the Cable Car Museum and Powerhouse, at 1201 Mason at Washington Street (free daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.). The museum was set up in 1974 and is run as a non-profit educational facility. Check out the various mechanical devices such as grips, tracks, cables and tools, and the great historic photographs. See also the antique cable cars from 1870s. The museum store carries books, clothing, cards and cable car bells.
The best restaurant nearby is Straits Restaurant (415-668-1783) which serves Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine. If you feel like having a nice juicy burger, just go over to Original Joes (415-775-4877) and enjoy the retro ambiance. Later, you may want to visit First Crush, a small wine bar that specializes in Californian wines. In case you feel like dancing the night away, go over to Suite one8one.
One-Way Ticket Adult $3
Child (4 and under) Free
One Day Passport Adult $9
1201 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94108