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Address: Lombard Street at Kearny Street, North Beach, San Francisco, CA
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A 179-foot tower from which you can see the entire San Francisco Bay.

A 179-foot tower from which you can see the entire San Francisco Bay.

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Full view of SFO

A great place to be on a day of clear weather so that you get a complete view of San Francisco. Walk up and get some calories burnt too

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2015
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India

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Winnipeg, Canada
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mother and I visited Telegraph Hill on the morning of August 1st, after hiking up the Greenwich Steps (The walk was definitely a work-out and I was exhausted by the time I reached the top, but it was worth it). We had originally planned on visiting Coit Tower but after seeing how long the line-up was and finding out... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We found this place very interesting as some places you could of actually seen in a film before which we found so good

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

A great place to be on a day of clear weather so that you get a complete view of San Francisco. Walk up and get some calories burnt too

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Los Angeles, California
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1,758 reviews
1,155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

You'll spot Telegraph Hill and Coot Tower atop it long before you get there, be it from Chinatown, the city or Lombard Street. Cozy winding drive up then Wait to get a parking space since there aren't many. Great views from the overlook and especially from the top of Coot Tower. It can be coolish so have a jacket &... More 

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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I prefer Telegraph hill compared to Twin peaks, you come closer to the "action" on Telegraph Hills. Stunning views over the docks, Alcatraz, the bay and Golden Gate.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

This is a tiring walk but the views are really worth it. If you've got the time have a walk around as you get a sense of the city.

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Belton, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

You need to be in physical shape to handle the terrain. Coit tower is worth the visit. If in the area, it's worth the time. Many things you can rack on to this visit. Especially with Little Italy being so close!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

it is definitely a must see attraction while you in sf, we were at sunset, which was spectacular from the top of the hill

Thank Pannuka
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Very nice walk up the stairs to the top of this scenic hill. Nice public gardens. Very clean and taken care of, bring water.

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Moneta, Virginia
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111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We rode the F street trolley to pier 27 and got off and walked over to Levi Plaza . Small sign there back of a street says steps to Coit Tower . We are mid to late 60's and saw the pitch and did the Filbert Steps anyway . Had to stop and rest about 4 times . There are... More 

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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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