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America's Top Free Attractions: San Francisco Cable Car Museum

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San Francisco Cable Car Museum

Hop off one of the city’s cable cars and into this Nob Hill museum for the backstory about their construction—and the chance to see cars from the 1870s. “Your kids can watch the cables running on huge wheels, ring a real cable car bell, and see photos and exhibits of the 1906 earthquake,” adds Jamie Pearson, publisher of Travel Savvy Mom. She recalls a poignant video about how cable cars were saved in the 1940s, despite the fact that buses had come into vogue and were less expensive to operate. As Pearson says: “Tourists don’t exactly throng to San Francisco to ride the buses.”



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