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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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tried climbing excellent even though we gave up

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 stars 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 stars 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 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 

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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 

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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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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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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.

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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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