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Filbert Steps

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: Sansome St. & Filbert St., San Francisco, CA
Activities: Walking
Description: A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph Hill.

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Like a botanical garden !

We took the steps to go to Coit Tower and were so amazed by the landscaping and floral arrangements that we took nearly 45 minutes to get to our destination and 15 minutes to get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We took the steps to go to Coit Tower and were so amazed by the landscaping and floral arrangements that we took nearly 45 minutes to get to our destination and 15 minutes to get down . The area looks more like a botanical garden than a residential area . Definitely worth a visit when in San Francisco and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

From where we started, we had an uphill walk to the stairs, and then it was an ascent from there. But well worth it. The stairs are short, and there are beautiful gardens at homes along these steps. Once through the houses, the remaining stairs ascend to the Coit Tower, which if filled with murals. Well worth the effort to... More 

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Wynyard, SK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Beautiful steps leading down from Coit tower to the embarcadero. So neat to see people's houses along the steps and you really feel like you are not in the middle of a big city.

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Winfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It took us about 15 minutes to climb the steps. We sat down for a few minutes when we got tired. It is amazing to see people's houses on both sides of the steps. Wow! What a great workout for a UPS guy who was delivering a package as we were going up the steps. Even though this is just... More 

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Astoria, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Highly recommended! These beautiful steps lead down Telegraph Hill and are flanked on both sides by gorgeous houses and lovely gardens. It's quiet and secluded, but you get a view of the bay in the distance and it's a great way to experience San Francisco's famous hills! I walked down them after visiting Coit Tower, and I'd recommend doing that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful narrow steps with gorgeous flowers along the way. It is actually better than the Coit tower it leads to.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

I've always wanted to walk these steps but didn't fancy climb so I caught the #39 bus to the at Coit Tower and walked down them. You get some really good surprise views on the way down plus it's nice to admire the well kept gardens of the people that live along there.

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San Francisco, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Somewhat secluded with beautiful homes overlooking the Bridge and Bay, trees often filled with wild parrots, right near spectacular Coit Tower (inside and out!), walking the Filbert Steps is a treat.

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Ann Arbor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a series of steps that keep going up, starting from Filbert Street all the way up to Coit Tower. There are a LOT of steps, but it's fun to see the interesting and unique homes along the way up. Some of the houses had no driveways or places nearby for cars, and I was told by locals that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Stairs after stairs but the view from the bay worth it. But be prepared with comfortable shoes and a lighter backpack!!!

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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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