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Address: Lombard Street at Kearny Street, North Beach, San Francisco, CA
Activities: Birdwatching, City walk sightseeing, Walking
Description: A 179-foot tower from which you can see the entire San Francisco Bay.
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Wild parrots live here I'm told

This neighborhood should be on everybody's go to list when they visit SF. It's home to the Coit Tower, Filbert Steps, Greenwich Steps, and wild parrots although I didn't see any... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Telegraph Hill got its name from an obvious source. It’s an almost vertical hill atop which sits the spectacular Coit Tower, constructed in 1933. The views from that tower are spectacular! Telegraph Hill means something else: it’s an SF district, much like Chinatown, Castro, Nob Hill, or Russian Hill. Regardless of whether you visit to ride the #30 bus to... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This neighborhood should be on everybody's go to list when they visit SF. It's home to the Coit Tower, Filbert Steps, Greenwich Steps, and wild parrots although I didn't see any parrots when I went. Then again, I wasn't looking for them as I wasn't aware they were there. My visit through this neighborhood was all by foot starting north... More 

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Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Telegraph Hill includes Coit Tower, Filbert steps and Pioneer Park. Of these, we spent most time at Coit Tower, viewing the city from the highest vantage point. It offers a truly magnificent view!! We took number 39 Muni bus from the Embarcadero to Coit Tower to save walking up the extremely steep hill to the base of the tower and... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My wife and I visited Telegraph Hill a few times during our recent eight-day stay in San Francisco. Telegraph Hill is a neighborhood in San Francisco. It is one of San Francisco's 44 hills, and one of its original "Seven Hills". It consists of Chinatown, North Beach, and Telegraph Hill areas bounded by Sacramento Street, Taylor Street, Bay Street, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Beautiful area and great view.. Beautiful architecture and lots to see. Plan to take your time wandering around and hitting Hoit tower area

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Westland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The historic Telegraph Hill overlooking San Fran also has the Coit Tower...As you Walk up or down the stairs you will see beautiful homes along the way

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Do it yourself!! If you have a good guide book this is a great walk with lots to see. The architecture is beautiful and if you keep your eyes open you will see hundreds of green parakeets in the trees. Go up here at dusk and you'll hear them as well!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We walked to this attraction via Chinatown and Little Italy. The attraction is approximately .4 miles (.7 kilometers) from Little Italy. We walked up Filbert Street which is quite steep but manageable. We spent between 45-60 minutes at the base of Coit Tower enjoying the views of the San Francisco Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to... More 

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Utica, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Walked up. Great walk all the way from the North End, LIttle Italy, City Lights... yes a long way but it was a blast looking up those streets and finally getting to the top! And when you're there, you have Coit Tower (a must) and the beautiful views of everything that is San Francisco. You can see why the city... More 

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San Francisco, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Telegraph Hill is crowned with Coit Tower. Take the elevator up to the top. At the base enjoy all the original WPA art work. Down the west slope is North Beach with its cafes and restaurants. At the base of the east slope is Levi Plaza with a beautiful park and nice restaurants. At the base of the north slope... More 

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Address: Lombard Street at Kearny Street, North Beach, San Francisco, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > 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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