Nob Hill

Those little cable cars that climb halfway to the stars in Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco’’ are climbing Nob Hill, the historic and iconic neighborhood of San Francisco.

Cable car on Nob Hill

Hundreds of feet above the city, this classic neighborhood offers famed hotels, buzzy restaurants, landmark architecture and stunning views.

With Chinatown and the Financial District to the east and Fisherman's Wharf to the north, Nob Hill sits at the junction of many popular visitor destinations. 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 (1100 California Street) fronts the west side of Huntington Park, a refuge for parents and kids, dog walkers and lovers of green space, while the Fairmont Hotel (950 Mason Street) rises to the east.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins (999 California Street) 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 Street, a.k.a. “the World’s Crookedest Street,” along with pockets of restaurants and boutiques on charming, tree-lined streets.

San Francisco's Grace Cathedral is pictured at night with an ornate water fountain in the foreground.

Explore Chinatown, Nob Hill & North Beach on a Self-Guided Walking Tour

If you're looking to explore some of San Francisco's most famous neighborhoods by pounding the pavement, try this self-guided itinerary from local authors Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson.

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