Explore San Francisco

Cable Cars

Cable cars aren’t simply the best way to take in the sights of downtown San Francisco—they’re history on wheels. These iconic, open-air cars have seen imitators come and go: In 1873, San Francisco’s cable-drawn trains were the first of their kind. More than 125 years later, they are also the last—meriting designation as the only “moving” National Historic Landmark in the United States. Renovated to their burgundy red best and jingling their bells as they climb some of the city’s steepest inclines, these tenacious little trains have a place in the heart of locals and tourists alike. Grab a seat or just hang from one of the wooden poles and get ready to ride in true San Francisco style.