Behind the Scenes
San Francisco’s bright red cable cars have long been icons, delighting tourists as they climb up and down the notoriously steep hills of the City by the Bay. In this particular scene, it was all about timing. Getting the gorgeous view of San Francisco Bay (look closely and you can even see Alcatraz), timing it so the other cable car passed at just the right time, as well as the getting dialogue, sunshine and smiles just right…well, it all had to come together perfectly. In order to get the shot, we had to ride up and down Hyde Street on that cable car for hours. However, we did make one very important stop at famous Ghirardelli Square, for an amazing sea salt infused caramel hot chocolate. It’s a must, especially after a long day of playing on cable cars.
Get the Inside Scoop on San Francisco’s Cable Cars:
Take a scenic ride up the slopes of Russian Hill
Riding the cable cars up and down San Francisco’s signature hills is a mandatory entry on any visitor’s list of must-dos. While some folks wait in long lines to board the antique trolleys, savvy riders know it’s relatively easy to catch a ride on the north end of town, especially if you ride the Hyde Street line instead of the better-known Powell Street line. From Ghirardelli Square , Hyde Street cable cars make an astonishingly steep climb up Russian Hill, passing by the top of the famously crooked stretch of Lombard Street before tracing the tree-lined streets of Russian and Nob Hills and then rolling back down to Union Square. (Tip: A block or two after Lombard can be a good place to hop on, because so many of passengers hop off to snap photos of cars zigzagging their way down Lombard.)
If you’re wondering how these historic contraptions work, jump off at Washington and Mason to check out the free Cable Car Museum , including a peek at the giant cables that power the cars.