Bay Area — California
San Francisco Attractions
— Telegraph Hill /
Telegraph Hill Blvd
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Famous S.F. Landmark
Coit Tower is one of San Francisco's most popular tourist attractions.
You can see this famous city landmark for miles — it sits
atop Telegraph Hill in the heart of San Francisco. A statue of Christopher Columbus stands near the base of Coit Tower. At night,
the beacon of light is especially stunning — it
lights up the beautiful San Francisco landscape.
Coit Tower's Observation Deck is a "must-see" when visiting San Francisco — the viewing platform at the top of the tower offers panoramic views of the City by the Bay.
high Art Deco tower was built in 1933 as a memorial with funds from Lillie Hitchcock
Coit — an eccentric philanthropist who loved the city and
supported its local firemen after the 1906 earthquake and fire... hence
its unique shape of a fire hose nozzle.
Colorful murals can
be viewed inside Coit Tower — protected as a historical treasure, they
life in California during the Great Depression.
Diamond Jubilee Celebration
Built in 1933, Coit Tower celebrated its "75th Anniversary
Diamond Jubilee" on October 25, 2008.
Coit Tower Tip
Keep an eye out for the Wild Parrots while wondering around Telegraph Hill — it's a favorite roost for the world-famous flock of parrots.
Coit Tower is located near North
Beach — a
popular S.F. destination. Enjoy an authentic Italian meal or coffee
at one of the areas fine restaurants or cafés.
Coit Tower Hours
No reservations are required. Free entry to view murals, but there is an entrance fee to go up the elevator to the Observation Deck.
The walk to Coit Tower is scenic, but steep, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. During our last visit, we walked from North Beach, up two steep blocks of Filbert Street (just follow the signs), and then climbed the stairway to the base of Coit Tower. And be prepared (once inside the tower, after getting out of the elevator) to climb a steep spiral staircase (about 37 steps) to get to the Observation Deck.
Limited parking is available near the base of Coit Tower — it can be very crowded, especially
peak tourist season and weekends, so expect to wait.
Coit Tower Murals
Coit Tower Views
Parrots of Telegraph Hill
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