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Coit Tower

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-488-7772
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Monument tower overlooking San Francisco. Tower includes murals from 1934...
Monument tower overlooking San Francisco. Tower includes murals from 1934 showing California business, agriculture and home life of the period. 360 Degree viewing platform at top of 212 ft tower.
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Great views

We climbed the east side stairs to the tower, it was brutal, but adventurous. The tower is great with 360 views of the city. They open up windows up top for clear photos.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

We climbed the east side stairs to the tower, it was brutal, but adventurous. The tower is great with 360 views of the city. They open up windows up top for clear photos.

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

There is a interesting story behind why this monument was built that no one has mentioned yet. This was dedicated to the San Francisco firefighters by a woman that was rescued by them from a burning building after the 1906 earthquake. It's suppose to resemble a fire hose nozzle. As with a lot of people that visit San Francisco, I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

A perfect spot to get 360 degree view of San Francisco. The view of downtown SFO, Bay bridge, Golden Gate and Alcatraz are amazing. A must visit attraction in SFO.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Suprised at the general negativity around many of the reviews of this attraction. The walk up to the tower was great and the views at the bottom are stunning. The murals around the bottom of the tower were great and the lift/que was fine. However, the views from the top were fantastic, 365 views of the bay and the opportunity... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We stated our walk from Pier 23 on A beautiflu Friday afternoon. Walking the 500+ steps is a challenge but the surounding buildings filled with flowers in gardens make the trip worth it. We arrived at the Coit Tower within 20 minutes and walked the murals. We decided to ride the elevator to the top. To those "naysayers" that it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Coit Tower is one of the easier things to do for a tourist in San Francisco. Close to Fisherman's Wharf, the Tower can be reached via a short bus ride (39) that will have you there in less than 15 minutes. An $8 elevator ride gets you to the top. Before getting on the lift though, be sure to check... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Walking up to the Coit Tower was a highlight of our time in San Francisco. It was a glorious, sunny day, and the walk was very pleasant. There is a lovely park that surrounds the tower. There is a gift shop, bathrooms and water. I was told we should pay to ride the elevator to the top. I wish I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great Views of San Francisco right across the bay. Thoroughly enjoyed it looking at the spectacular views.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I walked all they way to Coit Tower and enjoyed going to the top for a 360 views of the city. As a photographer I enjoyed it. But as a traveler I missed the historical part of the tower. There's no stories available on site other than the paintings. Could've been a better experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

the murals were interesting, not at all what i expected from artists of that caliber, beautiful views, landscaping, architecture...disappointed for lack of admission into second floor gallery. loved the top floor views and architecture

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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