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Hello San Francisco

View Round the World on shoestring's travel map.

The route into San Francisco is spectacular. Crossing the Bay Bridge the city skyline appears in front of you before you descend between the skyscrapers into the city.


San Francisco is the first US city we've visited that actually feels like a 'proper' city. Whereas Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Bakersfield and Merced were all low-density sprawls that made walking anywhere difficult, San Francisco is much denser and compact, with a decent transit system.

This system includes the famous cable cars, still pulled by cables embedded in the street, which take passengers up and down the city's famously vertiginous streets.



These streets are very familiar from film, television and even computer games - in particular the car chase from Bullitt.

While individual trips on the cable cars are expensive ($6 a ride), visitors can buy a three-day Muni Passport for $21. We made good use of these to cross the city and visit its most famous landmark - the Golden Gate Bridge.


From the bridge you get a great view of the city and the bay area.


Posted by shoestring 11:10 Archived in USA Tagged california car bridge golden san francisco cable bay usa gate

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Wow - looks amazing. That's one of my top places to visit. You've beaten me to it! love Chris xx

by Chris Barker

I have to say the bridge looks pretty impressive and vast in all it's glory. The cable cars look cool,like they could hoon it going down the steep hill, hoping that they don't go off track or break loose, could you imagine!

by nessie noodles

Is it bad that when I look at these lovely pic all I can think about is Mrs Doubtfire, lol.

by lisa

What fantastic photos. One of my all time favourite places. Pleased to see it hasn't changed much. Xx

by Hazel Eldridge

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