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Telegraph Hill

Lombard Street at Kearny Street, North Beach, San Francisco, CA (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #68 of 375 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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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Walked up the hill from little Italy. Quite a hike but some good city views on the way up. 45 min wait for elevator up Coitt tower. Spent time looking at fantastic murals in the lobby. There on a rare sunny day great 360 views of the city. Walked down the Filbert steps pretty. A must do when in SF

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the hill and the walk, but bring good shoes and be ready to sweat! But you get nice views of the city, and overall it's just amazing. I was surprised to find parking on the top. The elevator was a bit of a bummer with over 45 minute wait. Murals were great. I would try to find... More

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New York City, New York
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171 reviews 171 reviews
45 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the hill and the walk, but bring good shoes and be ready to sweat! But you get nice views of the city, and overall it's just very pleasant.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
59 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

From the top of Telegraph Hill there are very good views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Lombard Street and a lot of the city skyline. Coit Tower offers a higher view, but it's not free and it's probably busy. The one problem with Telegraph Hill is the potential to have your views spoilt by mist or fog. That's the... More

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Fort White, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The view was great and we used the auto tiolet which was a hoot. I had seen them on TV, but never had a chance to use one before.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Parked by the Filbert Street steps on an amazingly steep hill, walked up to the top which had some good views. Went up Coit Tower too which was interesting and offered some even better vistas. Got there early and the queues weren't too bad.

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Mestre, Italy
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Gorgeous hill with luxury homes from where you can reach Coit Tower enjoying one of the best SFO skylines.

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Durban, South Africa
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We visited here yesterday afternoon and there are nice views of the city from a slight elevation. There is the Coit's tower, which charges a $5 entry fee. It was busy with lots if tourist but with north beach neighborhood just below it is well situated for a gelato in Washington park below

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Stockholm, Sweden
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100 helpful votes 100 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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