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Telegraph Hill

Lombard Street at Kearny Street, North Beach, San Francisco, CA (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #73 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Lookouts, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Observation Decks/ Towers
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking, Birdwatching
Description: A 179-foot tower from which you can see the entire San Francisco Bay.
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Fort White, Florida, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The view was great and we used the auto tiolet which was a hoot. I had seen them on TV, but never had a chance to use one before.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Parked by the Filbert Street steps on an amazingly steep hill, walked up to the top which had some good views. Went up Coit Tower too which was interesting and offered some even better vistas. Got there early and the queues weren't too bad.

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Mestre, Italy
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Gorgeous hill with luxury homes from where you can reach Coit Tower enjoying one of the best SFO skylines.

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Durban, South Africa
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We visited here yesterday afternoon and there are nice views of the city from a slight elevation. There is the Coit's tower, which charges a $5 entry fee. It was busy with lots if tourist but with north beach neighborhood just below it is well situated for a gelato in Washington park below

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Stockholm, Sweden
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156 reviews 156 reviews
51 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

It is certainly not by accident that you have a great view from the Telegraph hill in SFO - this is acually exactly the point as the hill was used for signaling (Semaphore) to the rest of the town about the status of the ships entering the Golden gate. Either you can take the car all the way to the... More

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Oslo, Norway
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We went to Telegraph hill to get an overview of the city, we were not dissapointed. Excellent place to take in the view of Lombard street and the bridges in one go. Hopefully the trees around the parking will be trimmed a little, and they might have by now, they were blocking some really nice views. Recommended! You may do... More

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North America
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110 reviews 110 reviews
40 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Do yourself a favour- take the 39 bus to the top, enjoy the amazing view and then take the stairs down. The steps down through the neighborhoods are a delight and if you hear lots of squawking look up - it may be the legendary Wild Parrots Of Telegraph Hill.

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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Took the bus up on a beautiful day. Great views of San Francisco and the Bay. Can't believe that this hill is so close to the waterfront with how densely SF is developed

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Santa Cruz, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
38 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We walked from Embarcadero Street over and began the steps at Filbert. There are resting areas along the way. The views are spectacular. Coit Tower is closed for renovations, but it is still worth the hike on a clear day.

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Fort Worth, TX
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340 reviews 340 reviews
95 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

What a great place to hike up, take a break, enjoy the view of the city and then head back down! Excellently kept grounds.

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