San Francisco 8-5 realistic things to do
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Pier 39 is relatively close to both Cruise Ship Terminals and riding a cable car is easily done.
Sometimes the wait can be long to ride the car depending on time of day, location and day of week.
You will easily be able to do not only both but more things.
There are many other things to do in SF but if these are your bucket list items this would be easy to do.
How far is it from pier 35 to a cable car stop?It's a 12 minute walk (0.6 miles) according to Google maps from pier 35 to the Powell/Mason cabe car turnaround:
It's a 12 minute walk (0.6 miles) according to Google maps from pier 35 to the Powell/Mason cabe car turnaround:Thank you
You could walk along the Embarcadero from the Cruise Port to the Ferry Building. The California Line is across the way in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. You could take that up the hill to Chinatown (which likely has similar and cheaper trinket shopping than Pier 39). From there you could walk to North Beach (our Little Italy) to grab lunch - and then continue either by bus or Uber to Pier 39 to see the bridge in the distance and the sea lions (and do more shopping if you haven't found what you want yet). Then the short walk back to the ship.
Enjoy your time in the City!
Have been on two coastal cruises in recent years and have docked at different piers each time - one close and one far. We are walkers so no big deal for us but it took more time. There is a free shuttle bus along the Embarcadero you can catch (although it doesn't seem to go by very frequently) or you can catch rides (for a price) from young guys driving bicycle shuttles or whatever they are actually called (although I think they all only seat two)
You can ride the cable cars and explore the wharf in one day. Ditto on getting in line early, especially if you are visiting on a weekend. I would hop on early down at the wharf, ride to the end at Powell Station, visit the Westfield Mall (fabulous), walk Union Square, and then go back to the wharf area. Lines can be long at the termini but you can get on anywhere along the route.
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