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Filbert Steps

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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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Easier from the top down!

Seriously suggest starting at the Coit Tower and walking DOWN towards Levi Square and The Embarcadero. This way you can actually concentrate on the surroundings rather than how... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

After touring Chinatown and having coffee at Caffé Trieste, we went to the Filbert steps and the only reason we did go was because of the other attractions nearby - Telegraph Hill / Coit Tower. I had assumed the Filbert steps were the concrete steps on the steep Filbert Street as I approached from Little Italy. The real Filbert steps... More 

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Mississauga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Seriously suggest starting at the Coit Tower and walking DOWN towards Levi Square and The Embarcadero. This way you can actually concentrate on the surroundings rather than how much further it is to the top! But, if you are in good shape, do it the other way! The houses and gardens are magnificent and you get lost in an absolute... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I feel sorry for the mail carriers that have to deliver here. These steps are steep and breathtaking at the same time! The homes along them, which are only accessible by the steps are beautiful. A lot of people use the steps as exercise and I can see why. Start at the Embarcadero and walk up to the top of... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

A lot of steps-half way up I almost stopped-glad that I did not. Wonderul reward at the top. The views=simply amazing. Bring a bottle of water with you :)

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This is a very pretty climb up. There are almost 450 steps, though, so it's not for the faint of heart. Some parts are pretty close to single file and there isn't really any place to rest. There is a drinking fountain at the top at Coit Tower. Great workout and the views from Coit Tower are breathtaking. Thanks to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I loved this experience. Approached Coit Tower from back - that's the non ocean side. Took the tour to the top. Extraordinary views in every direction. Plus the art deco architecture of the structure. Just fantastic. Then walked down filbert steps and back into the city. Awesome adventure. Factor in 3-4 hours. You won't regret it. Trip highlight of San... More 

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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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Florida
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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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Address: Address: Sansome St. & Filbert St., 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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