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Filbert Steps

Sansome St. & Filbert St., San Francisco, CA (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #49 of 375 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Walking
Description: A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph Hill.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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106 reviews 106 reviews
66 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The hike from the bottom up to Coit tower is quite a hike, but well worth it. You have to be in good shape. The views of the city are spectacular. There are beautiful flowers all along the stairs. They are prolific.

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Ra'anana, Israel
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We didn't find the steps too difficult but I really was expecting more of the gardens. It's a nice way to climb up to Coit Tower, good views on the way, but certainly not a "must".

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Danville, CA
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is the way to get to Coit Tower. Don't expect it to be spectacular. Take your time and enjoy the naturalistic gardens and views. Get there early and you'll have it to yourself and the light will good for photos. Dream about what it must be like to live there. Channel Armistead Maupin.

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Edmonton, AB
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Although there's some nice greenery along Filbert steps, there isn't much to see there, but if you're looking to get up to Coit Tower, I would recommend using the steps as opposed to trying to climb up one of the steep streets.

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Albany, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This should be your route to coit tower if possible! Take your time, soak in the scenery! Bring water bottles! The view at the top is worth it

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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Wow! These were some exhausting steps! I'm no athlete, but I'm not totally out of shape and they were quite the challenge to go up. It was very pretty along the walk, and very peaceful and not nearly as crowded as Lombard, which is nice! I do feel accomplished that I made it to the top, though!

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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

On my first trip to San Francisco I was lucky to rent a room in a home on the Filbert Steps. Everyday when I was coming home was a treat to see the bay and the lights of the Bay Bridge. The hike is worth the view and to see the cute houses that were built in a steep hill.

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Medina, Ohio
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Filbert Steps look a little more imposing from the street than they really are... or maybe it's just that we took so many breaks to take pictures or to enjoy the scenery. I really enjoyed how this staircase took you through residential areas on this crazy hills in the city. The gardens and backyards were quaint and snuggled in.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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79 reviews 79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Filbert Steps are a series of staircases starting at Filbert Street's east end, near the Embarcardero, and ascending Telegraph Hill. The base can be reached near Levi's Plaza, where Filbert Street literally ends at the cliff below Coit Tower. Nearly 400 steps in total take the visitor from sunny Embarcadero to windy Coit Tower in as little as a... More

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san francisco
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283 reviews 283 reviews
153 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

So there are many other ways to get to Coit Tower (walk on the streets; bus; Greenwich steps); this is just one of several and not even the best. First off, I give it a "3" rating, because I don't think anyone "should go out of their way to walk up these steps". If you really want to walk up... More

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