A direct line to the past: The vintage streetcars of San Francisco

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A direct line to the past: The vintage streetcars of San Francisco

A streetcar painted in tribute to Philadelphia runs along the San Francisco waterfront in July.

A direct line to the past: The vintage streetcars of San Francisco

A streetcar painted in tribute to Philadelphia runs along the San Francisco waterfront in July.
If you go

Where to stayPalace Hotel2 New Montgomery St.
415-512-1111
sfpalace.com
Located just feet from the F-Line, this was the city’s first luxury hotel when it was established in 1875. It was rebuilt in 1909 after the original was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. Rooms start at $200.
Hotel Vitale8 Mission St.
415-278-3700
hotelvitale.com
Right on the Embarcadero, this hotel offers its guests stunning views of the bay from its rooms and its rooftop deck. Rooms start at $200.
Parker Guest House520 Church St.
415-621-3222
parkerguesthouse.com
This bed-and-breakfast is near the Castro and Mission neighborhoods, steps away from some of San Francisco’s best bars and restaurants. A complimentary wine social is included in your stay. Rooms start at $200.
Where to eatKitchen Story3499 16th St.
415-525-4905
kitchenstorysf.com
Located just a block from the F-Line in the Castro District, the restaurant features a menu with California and Asian influences. It is open for brunch and dinner, and is known for its bottomless mimosas. Entrees start at $12.
Fog City1300 Battery St.
415-982-2000
fogcitysf.com
This modern bar and eatery is located along the Embarcadero and offers outdoor seating with great views of the city and the nearby streetcars. The menu features locally inspired American cuisine and entrees start at $15.
The Buena Vista2765 Hyde St.
415-474-5044
thebuenavista.com
This cafe with a wide-ranging menu is located near Fisherman’s Wharf and is known for its Irish coffee. Entrees start at $10.
What to doThe F-Line415-701-2311
sfmta.com
The historical F-Line streetcars run between the Castro District and Fisherman’s Wharf from 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. The cars run every six to 10 minutes and there are multiple stops along the route. Lines to board the streetcars can be particularly long at the end points and along the Embarcadero but considerably shorter the farther away you get from the waterfront. Fare is $2.75 for adults and $1.25 for children and seniors. Single or multiday passes also available.
San Francisco Railway Museum77 Steuart St.
415-974-1948
streetcar.org
Run by the nonprofit Market Street Railway, this museum and gift shop features exhibits on the history of transit in San Francisco, including a full-size reproduction of a motorman’s platform from 1911. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
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