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Coit Tower

1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Telegraph Hill)
415 362 0808
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Ranked #84 of 376 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Architectural Buildings, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: Monument built in honor of the city's volunteer firemen, with an observation deck that provides a great view of San Francisco.
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Baltimore, MD
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Interesting this is not more popular as an attraction in San Fran. Great views and good story behind it being built as a public works project. Cool murals in the lobby. Husband and I walked from Washington Square which is about 3 blocks away. Its all uphill and it was a challenge. We are late 30's and early 40's and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We took the Coit Tower muni bus from the Embarcadero which takes you to the very top of the hill where the tower is located. Definitely worth the $8 each person to go to the top, the views are magnificent on a clear day, you can even see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. You probably only... More

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Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Took the cable car to their museum. Then walked to Washington Square. A great place to rest prior to ascending up the steep walk to Coit Tower. Once inside take in the murals. Then up the elevator to a spectacular vista. San Fransisco from every angle!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We walked all the way up from the Embarcadero to the top of the Coit Tower. Yes, there's nothing much other than the views when you get to the top and I agree with other reviewers about the lines for the elevator and the (eight dollars each!) cost. But what views! My tip: Take a warm coat. It's windy up... More

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maidenhead
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We walked up the stairs to Coit Tower. Not as many steps as I thought there would be. Long queues into the tower so didn't make it in, but good views. Maybe better to visit earlier in the day.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We came across Coit a Tower thanks to a self guided walking tour in Lonely Planet. Loved the murals and it's worth paying the $7 to go up to the top. The hill climb to get to the tower is pretty steep, but then where in San Francisco can you avoid the hills? Great views from the top of the... More

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pgh,pa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We recently walked up the Filbert Steps to the Coit Tower. I thought I read there are between 370-400 steps to the parking lot area. There are many places to stop if you need it and to see how all of the houses and apartments are jammed onto the hillside is worth the climb. Once at the top, it is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Coit Tower is way up at the top of sites in SF. It is often crowded and difficult to drive up to and can be hard to park. On the other hand it is great exercise to walk about the stairs around it, or even walk down the neighborhood stairs if you are there. Going inside and walking around and... More

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you're doing a Coastal Cruise and port into Pier 27 in San Francisco (and are reasonably fit) then take the stairs to Coit Tower. Just cross the Embarcadaro street to Battery Street. Go down one block to Greenwich Street. You'll see a small green sign "Stairs to Coit Tower". Greenwich Street deadends and the stairs begin. There are plenty... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

First things first--be prepared for stairs and up hill walking. There is a car park if you'd like to drive up towards the monument, but we walked from downtown and its naturally uphill. Once you arrive there are the stairs to maneuver. We were a group of 20-something young professionals in town for a conference so we were up for... More

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