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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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This is a hefty hill, so be ready for a workout. It's iconic and historic for being the first place in San Francisco with a telegraph line.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hefty hill, so be ready for a workout. It's iconic and historic for being the first place in San Francisco with a telegraph line.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

That could even be nicer with less trees around. But there are nice spots on golden gate Bridge for sure. The way up is steep, no doubt. After you van take this little path down to the harbor passing by fantastic little houses, narrow stairways, a real nice neighborhood. Wortwhile for those who want to explore the city walking...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Tried to walk up from embarcadero. Didn't realize that Google maps route only measured horizontal distance or that some San Francisco "streets" are the fights of stairs mentioned in other reviews. Since we were on a tight timetable and since my thighs were tight enough we quit partially up. Still wad very interesting and took a zillion photos of how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Coit tower is a must visit if you enjoy good view and do not mind climbing steep stairs. Telegraph Hill has good views in general about the city, it is free to stroll and worthy the climb if weather permits and you enjoy hiking.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Telegraph hill is a nice (but fairly steep) walk and has a nice bit of history to it. Keep an eye (and ear) out for the parrots flying about. It's lovely.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

You just can't get into Coit after then. Still worth it, even if you don't go into the tower, which makes this excursion free. We took an Uber up to catch some views which are breath taking. Go on a clear day otherwise you won't see much through the fog. We walked down the steps to the left of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

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 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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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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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