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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 #82 of 377 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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Trecking up Telegraph Hill and then the steps up to Coit Tower is challenging, but the views of the city from the top make it worth the effort. An additional treat is seeing the WPA murals on the first floor.

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Shawnee, Kansas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous little art deco era tower with great views. A bit short on parking and a little wait for the elevator ride, but worth the stop. Don't know if I would have tried it on the weekend.

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Gloucester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

After a long day of walking we ascended the steep steps and arrived at the entrance. We truly appreciated to elevator to the top of the tower. The visibility was good, allowing clear panaramic views of San Fran. Best 7 dollars we spent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We arrived half an hour before opening. Apparently the lines get really long. Views from the top are gorgeous. On a foggy morning, the views are better once the fog has lifted. Murals on the bottom floor are interesting. Fun experience! Limited parking however early arrival solves that.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

There are lots of reviews about Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill and I have been the beneficiary of them. They argue, convincingly to me, that it isn't worth taking the elevator to the top of the tower because the wait to get up is long and the views are not great given the windows. One can see some wonderful paintings... More

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Knislinge, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Although I knew the tower itself was closed for works, I decided I would take in the view of the city from the base of the tower. Set off on foot with a 2 year old in a stroller. Had a great day of exercise trying to avoid the steeper hills, it all looked so flat on the map ;-)... More

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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

We hiked up Telegraph Hill on streets from the Lombard St side. It was a tough climb, but worth it in the end. To get to the top of the tower, there is a charge for the elevator ride. We had a 45 minute wait for the elevator on a Saturday. The 360 degree views are spectacular. We walked back... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Bikable if you are in good enough shape to ride up Telegraph Hill. Walkable but it's a hill, obviously. MUNI bus goes here too. But it is packed, especially on weekends, like all SF tourist spots during season. Beautiful views depending on weather. Amazing Rivera mural is worth a look if you are into that sort of thing.

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Medina, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Best way to get here is to take the Filbert Steps up to the tower. Be sure you're in decent enough shape to do it. If you are, you'll be in for a nice little jaunt that leaves you a nice view of the city. We weren't able to go up the tower since it was still under construction, so... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Coit Tower is located in the Telegraph Hill region and was built with the money left by socialite Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who must have been an interesting woman as she liked to go around the city chasing and putting down fires. She was considered a pioneer in many ways, so it was nice to be able to see a bit... More

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