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Address: Lombard Street at Kearny Street, North Beach, San Francisco, CA

A 179-foot tower from which you can see the entire San Francisco Bay.

A 179-foot tower from which you can see the entire San Francisco Bay.

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San Francisco Urban Hike: Coit Tower, Lombard Street and North Beach
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San Francisco's Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Walking Tour
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Advanced Lombard Street Segway Tour

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Great views of the city

Wow, we did have great views of the city. However, getting there as a nightmare for a guy from the Midwest. I'd never driven on streets that were as narrow and packed with cars... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2016
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Longwood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We could really see the city well and it was a nice spot for family photos too! We did not have the crowds, however drove there early in the morning. Definitely recommend seeing Telegraph Hill.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Wow, we did have great views of the city. However, getting there as a nightmare for a guy from the Midwest. I'd never driven on streets that were as narrow and packed with cars on both sides not to mention all of the people. However, it was worth the trip. We got to see the fog covered Golden Gate from... More 

Thank James G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I have been to San Francisco many times and have made the walk up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower always with the hope that I would see the wild parrots. This time my wish came true. As I started to go around Coit Tower there they were the flock of cherry headed conures. They were busy in the trees and... More 

Thank Tony R
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

From Filbert Street off the Embarcadero climb the Filbert Steps and Greenwich Steps to the top of this hill. From there you will have nice views of the waterfront and both bridges. Take the elevator to the top of Coit Tower for even more incredible vistas of the entire city.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

I walked up Telegraph Hill to visit Coit Tower after walking through Chinatown and the North Beach Area. Coming along Columbus Avenue, I took a right on Greenwich street, which ends, but there are stairs that cross Telegraph Hill boulevard and continue straight up to the parking area below the tower. I found this way much less used and much... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Stumbled upon telegraph hill on our way from brunch at Don Pistos. What a climb! Amazing views from the top. Prepare for a cardio workout.

Thank Eve212015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Didn't plan to climb to Telegraph Hill, was just strolling from Ferry Building to Pier 39 then one of the local friends suggested to try. Why not! It was mid Feb but was so hot, especially we came from East Coast. Took a few breaks to take pictures, resupplied water, and enjoyed the view. If you don't like hiking/climbing, it... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

You probably need to be a little bit in shape to walk around because of the nature of the streets and gardens there. Nice sceneries and gardens.

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

Things to do here: -start at Levi's Plaza at Sansome St and walk up one to the top of Telegraph Hill and down the other: Filbert Stairs & Greenwich stairs (I personally recommend up Greenwich and down Filbert) -check out the views of SF and the Bay from around the parking lot of the Tower and the statue of Christopher... More 

Thank Ben F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

In order to comfortably get to the Telegraph Hill, you will need to have a car unless you want to have a long walk up there. Because there is limited parking space that can't fit everyone, you will need to wait a bit on the street untill some space will get empty. However, when you finally get to the top... More 

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Staying in 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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