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Telegraph Hill

Lombard Street at Kearny Street, North Beach, San Francisco, CA (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #72 of 374 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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Stockholm, Sweden
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156 reviews 156 reviews
51 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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
81 helpful votes 81 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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108 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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
53 helpful votes 53 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
97 helpful votes 97 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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Medford, Oregon
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

A site for a camera bug who also has an eye for angles, slopes, eye-catching backgrounds and framing opportunities for memorable pictures. Enjoy! Watch your steps and balance!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Telegraph hill does involve a bit of a sweaty uphill hike, make no mistake, however, it offers a great vantage point from which to take in the views of San Francisco in all its sunny glory. You don't even need to pay the $7ish go up Coit Tower to get the views (in fact, the tower is closed for construction... More

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Keller, Texas
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50 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This area has some nice views, but by the time we went there we had already been to many areas with excellent views of the bay. All in all a nice place to view the bay.

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225 reviews 225 reviews
93 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Gorgeous views of San Francisco area from Telegraph Hill. Since we were taking advantage of restaurants and cafes; we were happy to exercise and partake in the rewarding views. Coit Tower is currently closed for renovation, but again - worth a look around from a wonderful vantage point.

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