See the sights on your own terms by taking a historic streetcar from the Embarcadero (the F line) down bustling Market Street to the end of the line at the Castro Street Station. The brightly painted streamlined beauties were mostly built in the 1940s in Milan, Italy. The Castro, which is known as the city's "gay village" (it was one of the country's first gay neighborhoods and is still among the largest), comes alive at night when its many restaurants and bars overflow with locals. For low-cost, filling diner food at a neighborhood institution, slide into a counter seat at Orphan Andy's. $2. http://www.sfmta.com.
Caitlin Fitzsimmons / For The Times
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