Those little cable cars that climb halfway to the stars in Tony Bennett’s enduring song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,’’ are climbing Nob Hill. Hundreds of feet above the city, this classic neighborhood offers famed hotels, buzzy restaurants, landmark architecture and stunning views.
Learn the history of San Francisco’s iconic vehicles at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum at Washington and Mason streets. French Gothic-style Grace Cathedral fronts the west side of Huntington Park, a refuge for parents and kids, dog walkers and lovers of green space, while the Fairmont Hotel rises to the east.
Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins has long been a San Francisco favorite thanks to its panoramic, top-floor views. The Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel is a legendary tiki bar with an indoor rainstorm that completes the atmosphere.
To the north of Nob Hill lies Russian Hill, where you’ll find icons like Lombard St., a.k.a. “the World’s Crookedest Street,” along with pockets of restaurants and boutiques on charming, tree-lined streets.