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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...

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

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The Hill with Tower ...

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
David B L
Los Angeles, California

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

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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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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Spectacular views from the top. Head up from the western side up the streets and walk down the steps. There should be parrots mobbing you around here but we didn't spot them. A good workout!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We drove up and down Telegraph Hill and enjoyed the view. It was too steep for two senior citizens to walk up and down.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We stayed in Telegraph Hill and walked to the top. The view was great. The climb was difficult and steep!!! Great area to stay. Very central to where we wanted to go. I would stay here again. We stayed 5 days in a rental and it was really well done.

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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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