The Filbert steps go up to the the Coit Tower. They're easy to find from either North Beach , Broadway or the Embarcadero and if you have a site-specific guide book on hand you will be treated to some neat SF history. You might see parrotts, huge gladiolas, and othe rainy day type flora and fauna. Athletes work out using these steps but if you're not so inclined, take if slow. It's about 20 minutes up to the tower, quicker on the way down. When you get to the top you will have a 360 view of the city and note about 3 other stairways down. Best views though are from the top of the tower, though there is a cost.
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