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Ride vintage SF streetcar to Telegraph Hill, then walk UP to Coit Tower

Less well known by tourists and local travelling cognoscenti is that the San Francisco Municipal Railway ("MUNI") operates a fleet of vintage street-cars along one particular scenic route, called the F-Line.

We will start our sojourn by hopping on one of muni's vintage street-cars ($2 fare -- ask operator for a paper transfer when you board!) starting from San Francisco's world famous Castro district. The streetcar we catch could be a throw-back to the turn of the 20th century, and could have originated its service life in SF or some other metropolis of the world.

From Castro Street, it's a straight shot down Market Street.  Imagine if you were travelling this same line 107 years ago -- if you can't, click here for footage of the exact same route, just 4 days prior to the 1906 quake!   You can just make out the Ferry building in the background.

At the foot of Market Street, we'll make a quick hop-off at the San Francisco Railway Museum to soak up some colorful history on San Francisco mass transit vehicles and preservation efforts.   It went like this:  sailing ships (more on that during the walk) > horse-cars > cable cars > streetcars > electric buses > BART > [high speed rail?]

We get back on the F-line to take us along Embarcadero for a bit, where we will disembark at Greenwich street.   We'll then turn right into Levi Strauss plaza -- a serene mini-oasis of "the Wharf" district.   Right there, the Levi Headquarters affords us another history stop at the "the Vault" -- a mini museum of Levi artifacts and history.

From the plaza, we will stretch our legs (and calf muscles) by ascending up Filbert "street", which is actually a series of STEEP stairs to the top -- counted 385 steps in all!   Plenty of vintage architecture, gold rush era even, not to mention the odd avian parrot residents and a few other surprises.

We will then ascend the 'summit' of Telegraph Hill, site of the world famous Coit Memorial Tower (optional $, good views anyway).  We'll stay for snacks and chat at the end of the tour.

Well, that's about all I can think of for now.  Beyond Telegraph Hill lies plenty more site-seeing to complete your day -- Columbus street, Chinatown, Broadway...

To get back to Market Street, I would suggest walking a few blocks west and then pick up the Powell-Mason cable car line at Mason Street.




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  • Marcus

    Lots of interesting history packed into a relatively short walk. I will try to reschedule on a Saturday as I was out of town yesterday.

    August 4, 2013

  • Marcus

    Hi all, We just caught the F line. If you catch the next car, we will meet you at the railway museum stop.

    August 4, 2013

  • Franny

    I hope for a repeat. It will be an excellent tour.

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    would love to go but will be out of town that weekend!

    July 23, 2013

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