Scenic 49 Mile Drive
Scenic 49 Mile Drive
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,587 contributions
Jul 2022
It is a scenic drive and it does take you to just about all of the important sites in town. But traffic is always dense and it takes a very long time to go a short distance, so patience is required.
Written 21 July 2022
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nancy K
14 contributions
Jul 2022
went over the GG Bridge via Lincoln Blvd you get the best views of the bridge for photos Hands down No other area can you get the views as you can thereon the scenic 49 mile drive The crookedist street Lombard etc
Written 10 July 2022
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Africache
Grass Valley, CA479 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
This was a mixed tour.

Pro: we were fortunate to not have horrible traffic so we were able to navigate some of The tour with ease. Once you see the scenic signs it is easier to see where you are going. You go to places I wouldn’t have gone to.

It killed time while waiting for our hotel checkin.

Cons: they didn’t take you to painted ladies or Lombard street. There was no narrative to under stand what you were seeing. I know there was something on the website but you can’t read it as you were driving.

I would hesitantly recommend this not for new people to SF but if you have been here before and want to see something different.
Written 7 March 2022
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John M
Santa Cruz, CA4,368 contributions
Jul 2021
Watch for the signs directing you to the scenic drive. The views are different on the scenic drive, compared to the usual busy streets.
Written 10 July 2021
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,855 contributions
Mar 2020
The 49 Mile Scenic Drive was created in 1938 in order to showcase the highlights of the City of San Francisco. for the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition. It was already a convoluted route which originally began at city Hall and ended on Treasure Island. Since 1939 the route has been altered somewhat but still remains convoluted and today plagued with traffic problems and poor maintenance of signage. Specifically, the Seagull in profile with a blue background signs have been badly faded and not all are clearly visible. You will need to use the internet to get a clear description of the route.

Some of the major sites along the route are City Hall, Asian Art Museum, Little Saigon, Japan Town, Union Square, China Town, Telegraph Hill, Lombard Street, Coit tower, Fishermen's Wharf, Palace of fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Lake Merced, California Academy of the Sciences, Haight-Ashbury, Twin Peaks The Castro and Oracle Park.

Parking at these various sites runs the range of easy to very difficult. Metered street parking is available at some locations. Due to the numerous hassles involved in trying to run the route most tourists opt for city transportation or the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus.
Written 5 January 2021
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mini
Fremont, CA175,387 contributions
Jun 2020
We have driven Scenic 49 Mile Drive in San Francisco Numerous times. This time we enjoyed driving it again. There are various points of interest, scenic views, and of course lots of things to do.
Written 30 June 2020
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norman
Farnborough, UK419 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you're looking at your SF guide book thinking "Crikey, where do we start?" then a day spent on this driving tour gets you around the city's main sights, attractions and scenic points. Parking along the route was pretty easy on street and where there are meters they take credit cards - so if you want to take an hour out to visit a place, grab refreshments, stroll around one of the parks, explore Chinatown or Fisherman's Wharf then you can!
Written 24 February 2020
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Roving291359
11 contributions
Feb 2020
Took a partial walking tour of this Drive from Chinatown to Fisherman's Wharf. Lots to see and learn about!
Written 23 February 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,587 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a wonderful way to see much of the city and the sites, but be aware that traffic has become very congested, so this is not for the feint of heart. Be prepared for delays.
Written 28 January 2020
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GPBurdell67
Asheville, NC1,975 contributions
Aug 2019
After many visits to SF over the years and concentrating on the highlights, we decided to try the 49 Mile Drive to see more out-of-the-way places. We certainly did not see it all (it would takes many days if you stop along the way -- and you will) but it is a good way to see under underappreciated places outside the super busy tourist areas.
Written 25 December 2019
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