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Filbert Steps

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

A beautiful part of San Francisco. This area is very neighborhood-y -- lovely trees and good views. Lots of detours and a fun walk -- be prepared for lots of steps -- vertical... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I guess this is quite quaint and given that it's free I won't knock it too much, but it's not overly enthralling either. Buses do go up to coit tower so if you're not feeling overly energetic, you could bus up then walk down the Filbert steps.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A beautiful part of San Francisco. This area is very neighborhood-y -- lovely trees and good views. Lots of detours and a fun walk -- be prepared for lots of steps -- vertical part of San Francisco.

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ROANOKE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

better be in shape if you are going to climb the steps to Coit tower. easier to walk down from Coit tower parking lot. some flower displays-have to pay attention to signs midway to stay on the right path.

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Towson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Climbed these steps for some great photos! Great exercise! haha Great views and the flowers are beautiful too!

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Oakland, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is one of the fantastic things in San Francisco. You need to be in decent, but not fantastic shape. It is fine to pause and admire the views. It is also fine to do it at pace instead of using the stair machine in your hotel. The easier way to do it is go to Columbus street in North... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Make sure you're wearing good shoes. Everyone in SF must have great leg muscles. Still a great little detour vs going all around.

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Windsor, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful peaceful walk surrounded by beautiful private gardens. Definitely start at Coit Tower and do down the steps! Unless you like the idea of CLIMBING over 400 stairs. Some areas you have to cross a roadway and find the signs where the steps continue.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Great views, wonderful photo opportunities! We did this on a previous trip to San Francisco while we walked through various neighbourhoods. A perfect way to see the city.

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North Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We spent four days exploring San Francisco this past May. One of our most memorable treks was finding and walking down the various steps in the city. Each one we traversed had its own beauty and mystery. Our favorite one was the Filbert Steps. The views from the steps were unique and outstanding. It is best to start at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you are aware of the documentary "Parrots of Telegraph Hill", you will be familiar with this unexpectedly lush area of San Francisco. You climb stairs passing private homes that are at times hard to see because of the lush vegetation. It is a delight for the senses taking in the many colors and aromas of the plants. It is... More 

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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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