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Telegraph Hill

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Address: Lombard Street at Kearny Street, North Beach, San Francisco, CA
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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crowded but pretty views

We took Filbert Steps to get to Telegraph Hill, and that was a good choice. Telegraph Hill offers good views but I feel that walking up Filbert Steps was a true San Francisco... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Winfield, IL
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Winfield, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We took Filbert Steps to get to Telegraph Hill, and that was a good choice. Telegraph Hill offers good views but I feel that walking up Filbert Steps was a true San Francisco experience. It was a bit crowded on top of the hill (lots of cars pulling up). Overall, we enjoyed visitig Telegraph Hill and especially enjoyed walking down... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

A residential area, with Coit Tower on the top. You can have a nice view of the bay from there. You also have a chance to see a nice residential area, and do a good ew-xercise if you walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

With the bay views from some, if not most, of the residences here, I can imagine that it's hard to get tired of them. Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph Hill probably gives the best views of all and is a tourist attraction but some areas are fairly quiet and peaceful with relatively little traffic, so it's probably a... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We saw this in TIME: 10 things to do in SF and decided we'd give climbing this hill a try. Filbert Street was significantly more run-down than we were expecting (we thought we were in the wrong place at first) and was mostly just a series of worn-out stairs. The tower itself is not that large and the art in... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

Parking is very limited at the moment due to works to stabilise the rock face below so the best option is to take the 39 bus either from Pier 39 or Washington Square to the top. If your looking for the parrots that live up there the best place to see them is to follow the path around the back... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Neighborhood is very nice and the views are scenic. The best part is the walk down or up Filbert street starting near Coit tower. The road has been converted into a walkway. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens in the back yard of each home. There are a lot of steps so it is a good workout but not for... More 

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

Just a very steep hill leading up to a very tall tower! Still, we felt the need to climb every one of the three or four million steps (or so it seemed) to get to the top. Try it out if you need the exercise!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you are in good shape we suggest you walk up the hill enjoy the grounds and the view from the tower. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The price was very fair compared to other venues.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The walk from the city gets quieter the nearer you get to the Hill. Some parts are steep but it is worth it for the views from the top of the Tower. There are fascinating murals inside the reception of the tower. There is also a lift to the top. We found it best to go after lunch as the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

You get many beautiful view locations in San Francisco, and this location is small and crowded. Parking up top is very very limited. Maybe 20 cars. You can park and walk up the hill if you like. Going up to the tower had a long line, we just passed.... WC facilities - one automated self cleaning bathroom on the sidewalk.... 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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