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Coit Tower

Coit Tower

Monument and Scenic Lookout
Telegraph Hill, San Francisco
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    Karen Dear A.
    "Worth the hike up the stairs."(20 Tips)
    Vanessa H.
    "foot via Filbert St"(10 Tips)
    Bình H.
    "The staircases to the bay bridge direction was an amazing walk."(6 Tips)
    Jenna H.
    "You can see the Golden Gate Bridge as long as it's not too foggy."(6 Tips)
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  • Marcel F.heart icon on user image
    Marcel FelderApril 2, 2017
    A MUST-SEE when visiting San Francisco! You have to wait for some minutes but it's worth it! I recommend this on your first day because it will you provide you with a 360-degree great overview!
    Upvoted May 11
  • MK M.heart icon on user image
    MK McKenzieJune 12, 2018
    Hike up the Filbert Stairs for a scenic route! Elevator only fits 8 at a time, so it’s a bit slow going to get up/down. Weekdays are best for avoiding long lines. Unreal views on a clear day!
  • Lydia B.heart icon on user image
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 26, 2015
    Do not drive to get there! Use your legs! Beautiful sightseeing all around the tower. You can start from the market and walk along the pier before heading to the tower
  • Adleyheart icon on user image
    AdleyOctober 2, 2017
    The best view tower i have been too. Great view to all sides of the city and the tickets are not expensive at all. GREAT!
  • Gloverboyheart icon on user image
    GloverboyApril 16, 2019
    An oasis on top of the city with views across the bay, exotic gardens and hummingbirds. What more do you want?
  • Mariheart icon on user image
    MariJune 23, 2018
    So many stairs...but seriously, walking up these stairs, you feel like you’re not even in a city anymore.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerriMay 20, 2013
    Best place to get pictures of the city, period. Be mindful of other people waiting to take a picture in certain corners and be sure to come a little bit before sunset if you want to get the best shot.
  • Bre R.
    Bre RozApril 14, 2015
    There are stairs to the east of the tower; take them down (or up). The foliage smells amazing and you can peak at the expensive cliff side homes.
  • Abhishekheart icon on user image
    AbhishekFebruary 22, 2015
    Stunning views of the city from the top of the tower. Ask the attendant to open up the glass windows for taking photographs of Oakland Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and downtown SFO.
  • Varoujan P.heart icon on user image
    Varoujan PanosyanSeptember 29, 2016
    Definitely a workout to get there on foot, but the view it offers of the city is worth it
  • Tonyheart icon on user image
    TonyJune 23, 2017
    The view you get from the top of the tower on a nice day is spectacular. That's ultimately what this place is about so if you have a nice camera you'll get some pretty amazing shots. $8 per person.
  • Bình H.heart icon on user image
    Bình HàOctober 30, 2016
    The staircases to the bay bridge direction was an amazing walk. I didn't go up the tower but the walk was one of those bests moment in San Francisco for me.
  • Cory O.
    Cory O'BrienJanuary 20, 2012
    For the full experience, park at the bottom of the hill and hike to the top. You'll pass through one of the most interesting neighborhoods in the city, and you'll be rewarded at the top with a view!
  • Martin B.
    Martin BroadhurstNovember 26, 2013
    If you walk up the hill be prepared for a pretty serious set of stairs to climb. Also, try to go at dusk when the views are nice. They'd be even better if they removed a couple of the trees up there.
  • Julia K.heart icon on user image
    Julia KateSeptember 14, 2016
    What a great view! Loved it! Staff were absolutely fantastic! They made me feel like I was at home. Such a great introduction to San Francisco! 😄
  • Christian L.
    Christian LeaJanuary 13, 2013
    Definetely a must do, when you're in SF. You should take the steps to make the amazing view even more rewarding. I took the ones from Greenwich Street - nice wakeup-workout.
  • Justin S.heart icon on user image
    Justin SullivanJuly 2, 2015
    Earn your view by starting at Levi's Plaza and climb the Filbert Street steps up Telegraph Hill. Be kind to the neighbors and neighborhood.
  • Clive M.heart icon on user image
    Clive McNabbDecember 16, 2019
    Great views over the city. Don't overlook or ignore the murals though. There is some interesting items in the detail
  • Sid S.
    Sid SinghMarch 6, 2015
    Walk up the filbert steps and look out for the wonderful neighborhood. Coit tower in itself is a marvelous place with fantastic views
  • Cass G.heart icon on user image
    Cass GrimmJuly 31, 2017
    The line was SUPER long so we didn't go up but the view was still worth it at the top and the flowers on the path up the hill were also super beautiful.
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    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 27, 2015
    Since it was established in 1933, Coit Tower has been an emblem of the San Francisco skyline offering a 360 view of the city, the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Natalie H.
    Natalie HenshilwoodOctober 24, 2013
    Go to front door make a left to the outside wrap around path you can get am excellent view of the Columbus statue, the American Flag and alactraz!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BurkeFebruary 10, 2015
    Amazing views of the city and the bay. Definitely make this stop on your visit to SF.
  • c0uP
    c0uPAugust 4, 2013
    A round trip on the weekend will take an hour and a half. The breakdown will be: 30 min wait to go up, 5 min walking around at the top, 55 min wait to go down #oneslowelevator #derp
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 9, 2014
    They stop selling tickets at 5:30pm, so get in line early! It's small up there and when you are late, the windows will be locked and you won't be able to take good pictures!
  • AJ L.heart icon on user image
    AJ LJanuary 18, 2016
    A spectacular view of the city from all angles! Make sure to get tickets to take the elevator to the top. Parking is limited and only 30min.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJuly 26, 2014
    360 degree views of San Fran up-top the tower on Telegraph Hill. Parking, traffic issues at peak times so walking the Greenwich or Filbert stairs to get to is popular.
  • Lauraheart icon on user image
    LauraSeptember 27, 2013
    I went here years ago. I want to go back. It was amazing. The views of my most favorite city were stunning here. I absolutely love San Francisco.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 29, 2016
    Coit Tower is another recognizable landmark. The concrete tower was built in 1933 and resembles a fire hose to honor the city’s firefighters. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Enjoy the views from the observation deck but don’t forget to check out the socialist-leaning WPA-era murals in the base of the tower as well. - Green Guide Editor
  • J.j. H.
    J.j. HabenichtJuly 6, 2013
    If you stop by here, dont forget to hit up twin peaks (not that twin peaks). The wind is awesome and its got a great view and no safety glass. (Damn those smart people...)
  • Kate S.heart icon on user image
    Kate SchreckDecember 15, 2015
    Get to the top of the stairs and you get a fabulous view of Golden Gate and Bay Bridge! Tourists flock here but it's worth the wait.
  • Brett G.heart icon on user image
    Brett GarwoodDecember 20, 2016
    Pretty cool place to stop at for bit. Closes somewhat early so check it out during normal work hours. Good views up there, but rough parking.
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HaimeAugust 11, 2015
    360-degree views of downtown. - cool but touristy. Si van a coit tower, pasen por lombard street - la calle famosa swirly (and the street I live on)
  • Zachary R.heart icon on user image
    Zachary Reiss-DavisMarch 15, 2019
    One of the things in San Francisco that is in all of the tourist guide books for a reason, very much worth the trip.
  • Liz .heart icon on user image
    Liz 🦎September 9, 2015
    The view is spectacular! You need to pay in the gift shop and get a stamp for the elevator to get up top.
  • Hareesh N.
    Hareesh NuthiMay 19, 2013
    Go in the evening if you want best view of CBD city area and bay bridge because of direction of sun light .. Golden Gate Bridge view should look good in morning
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    Visit just before sunset (it's $7 for the elevator to the top) when the Transamerica Pyramid, framed by the tower's arches, is bathed in a golden glow.
  • Felipe B.heart icon on user image
    Felipe BubolzMarch 15, 2015
    Great views. However, they close at 6pm, so sometimes during the year you won't be able to see the sunset from the top of the tower.
  • Ken B.
    Ken BaldwinMarch 31, 2014
    very amazing - picturesque SF - right near the windy street - lombard. If you go to the top theres wild parrots that eat the berries in the bushes.
  • Luckyheart icon on user image
    LuckyDecember 28, 2020
    Very nice view of the whole city - worth the climb! 7/10
  • Mhmtali
    MhmtaliMay 31, 2013
    Enjoy the views from the observation deck but don’t forget to check out the socialist-leaning WPA-era murals in the base of the tower as well.
  • Natalieheart icon on user image
    NatalieApril 29, 2017
    $8 and you get a beautiful view of the city go early to beat the rush.
  • Aseem G.heart icon on user image
    Aseem GoyalJuly 17, 2017
    A must visit. Great views of the city. Should be on everyone's list
  • Sandrastica
    SandrasticaAugust 22, 2014
    It's funny that the Columbus statue is really different from the image that Europeans have of him. Great views!
  • Asher K.
    Asher Kahn-KrellAugust 10, 2014
    It's 7 bucks to go to the top but the view from the bottom of the tower is pretty good on it's own. Make sure to take the stairs!
  • Carmen I.heart icon on user image
    Carmen IbarraOctober 16, 2014
    Great place to see the fireworks they shoot from Pier 39 with the bay as a backdrop
  • 🍉🌽🍍Tay D.heart icon on user image
    Sweet view of the city ! Take the stairway walk up here for great path to health.
  • Darren L.
    Darren LeedsAugust 13, 2014
    $7 for adult, worth the long hot hike up the hill and long queue to get ticket and get lift to top. We got some great pics.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The 360 degree city view is the best scenic view in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
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