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Address: 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133-3106
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+1 415-488-7772
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

Monument tower overlooking San Francisco. Tower includes murals from 1934...

Monument tower overlooking San Francisco. Tower includes murals from 1934 showing California business, agriculture and home life of the period. 360 Degree viewing platform at top of 212 ft tower.

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This place gets crowded up top with people jockeying for photo ops out the few open windows. When you get up there, just expect that and relax and take your time. Otherwise... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Steve J
Allen, Texas
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Medford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I walked to Coit Tower from Lombard Street. It's about a 1 mile walk down and up one hill. Telegraph Hill gets steeper at the end. At Coit Tower, pay the $5 to take the elevator to the top. The staff are friendly and will willingly point out sites to you. There are great sites to see: Fisherman's Wharf, Golden... More 

Thank Carl V
Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived early but not early enough due to a several car queue in front of us. After 20 mins we were guided to a parking bay and then made our way to the tower. After purchasing tickets we followed the queue round the tower to the lift. The tower has some great murals on show on the first floor... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just walking through China town and little Italy to get to the tower was a fun experience! Once at the tower the views were spectacular and well worth the hikes. I will,d not recommend this to anyone who struggles walking as it is quite strenuous.

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Allen, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place gets crowded up top with people jockeying for photo ops out the few open windows. When you get up there, just expect that and relax and take your time. Otherwise, fantastic views. Also, I found it rather comical to walk there from the financial district. I am from the plains of Texas where everything is flat. The road... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We walked to the tower from the wharf area and it was hard going with many flights of steep stairs, but worth the effort for the views along the way and the sense of achievement once we reached the tower. The easiest way to reach the tower is by bus which drops you off at the base. The tower itself... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

BEST view in the city!!!!!!! I cannot express that enough. You can see the bay bridge and GG bridge from a whole new perspective. Got some AMAZING photos up in the tower, and even in the surrounding areas below the tower. This is a MUST when you in the city. It's beautiful.

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El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It feels like you are getting a history, geography and art lesson at once. It is a must see place, but make sure the weather is clear, as otherwise it will disappoint. Best to use public transit or stairs to get there, rather than drive. Can get crowded on beautiful days.

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Sterling, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Coit Tower was featured in Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood's early movie, and is a highly recognizable patch of green in the San Francisco city landscape. It helped us figure out where we were a few times!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

WPA murals painted by contemporaries of Diego Rivera during the Great Depression. Wonderful condition and great scenes of California. Well worth a visit!

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Aurora, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took bus #39 to the tower- it literally drops you off at the top and we were so grateful we didn't drive there is very limited parking and we witnessed a line of cars waiting for someone to leave to be able to park. We did not take the elevator up the tower-it cost something like $8 pp but... 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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