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Coit Tower

1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Telegraph Hill)
415 362 0808
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As featured in 3 days in San Francisco
Ranked #79 of 375 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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Boise, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I don't know which I liked best, the iconic Great Depression WPA art in the lobby/base of the tower or the great views once you reached the top of the tower. Both were fabulous and well worth the trip/cost. Don't forget to walk around the tiny park of the tower--more great views! Also, if you can take the stairs down... More

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American Fork, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was my first time to the top of Coit tower. It was a week day, but there was a bit of a line; we had to wait about 20 minutes to get on the elevator. Once we were at the top, though, it was WELL worth it. 360 degree views of San Francisco and the Bay, the By Bridge,... More

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Harris, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The view is worth the t rip up - - on a clear day you have such fantastic views of the city of San Francisco, the bays, the bridges and the surrounding area. IF you walk it be prepared for a healthy climb.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This 64m tall Coit tower (cylindrical) is on the top of a Telegraph Hill. This tower was built in 1933 with funds from Little Hitch Coit. Surrounding the tower is the Pioneer park. The observation deck, reached by Elevator provides best views of the San Francisco city including Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Transamerica Building, the curves of the Lombard... More

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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The guides warned us that the best time to visit Coit Tower is when it opens; by midafternoon, the wait can be 45 minutes to ride the elevator to the top. It was foggy first thing in the morning, but the guide admitted that he doesn't think that the clearer view is worth such a long wait. When you leave,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a steep climb if you're on foot, but great exercise! Once we got to the doors, it was a short line up and wait, as we went near the end of the day. An elevator takes you up to the top, and from there you get great views of the city. Definitely worth doing. We'd gone to Twin... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went at 10am, there's a short queue. Waited about 10minutes. The lift operator mentioned it will be easily an hour wait in the afternoon. Views are great. Remember to ask the person at top to open the locked windows for a better photo moment.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Well worth the time + effort to visit and explore this unique San Francisco landmark. Late afternoon views of the city from the tower's base were lovely. Spent majority of the time admiring and photographing the recently restored murals + reading the interpretive plaques depicting the city's life and times in the 1930s. There is no admission charge unless you... More

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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The walk up to Coit Tower is a brilliant way to escape the city. Houses on the route up from Filbert stairs are lovely, as are the views. We didn't actually go up Coit Tower as the queue was long but we didn't really feel it was necessary anyway after such excellent views! Definitely recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Coit Tower, a slender white concrete column rising from the top of Telegraph Hill, has been an emblem of San Francisco’s skyline since its completion in 1933, a welcoming beacon to visitors and residents alike. Its observation deck, reached by elevator (tickets can be purchased in the gift shop), provides 360-degree views of the city and bay, including the Golden... More

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