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Filbert Steps

Sansome St. & Filbert St., San Francisco, CA (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #38 of 377 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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A MUST add when you visit the Coit Tower. Just follow the road back down and look for the Filbert Steps sign. There are beautiful secret gardens on this walk street and very interesting architecture. Great views along the way. Sugggest doing this going DOWN - less work on the legs and you get great views.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Just down from the Coit Tower are Filbert Steps. Great views of the bay and surrounding area, all through beautiful calming gardens Easier going down than going up. If you find my review helpful please click 'yes'. Thanks

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Simply LOVED this place!! You can see amazing San Francisco and its roads from the height, the sea with ships, lights in the evening.. aahhhhh.. I want to go back again!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Very steep, lots of stairs, but awesome views all the way plus some rest landings, and pretty houses and photo opps along the way. Well worth the visit. Great view at the top.

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Ilovetotravel1962
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

My wife and I wanted to visit Coit Tower and saw a sign for "steps to Coit Tower". They looked steep but up we went. We had no idea the treat we were in for. Beautiful gardens and quirky and fun looking houses were a constant treat. The residents along the steps take great pride in their neighborhood and it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

As stated by another reviewer, it was great to be able to walk these steps and see the houses, gardens on the way. However for those who want an easier route, you can take bus 39 to Coit tower and walk the steps down instead of walking up!

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