Two of the three cable car lines begin and end their runs at Powell and Market streets, a couple of blocks south of Union Square. These two lines are the most scenic, and both pass near Fisherman’s Wharf, so they’re usually clogged with first-time sightseers. The wait to board a cable car at this intersection is longer than at any other stop in the system. If you’d rather avoid the mob, board the less-touristy California line at the bottom of Market Street, at Drumm Street.
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