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Coit Tower

1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United States
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    The views from the top are some of the best, but the Diego Rivera murals inside are almost as impressive.

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    Over the years, I have experienced Coit Tower in many ways - From the Filbert Steps, over from a Friend's apartment on Telegraph Hill, during a running event that ended at the Top, as a way to burn off calories after a North Beach dinner, relaxing on the back lawn, enjoying the architecture and parrots, watching the Blue Angels during Fleet Week, and as a distant Beacon coming across the Bay Bridge or on the Alcatraz boat. I also like going inside, riding up for another view, and enjoying the murals. Coit Tower is San Francisco's landmark and one that reorients me to the City by the Bay almost every time that I visit. The only similar experience that I know of is Vista House at Crown Point just outside of Portland along the Columbia River.

    Coit Tower was built in 1933 at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit (a wealthy socialite who loved to chase fires) to beautify the city of San Francisco. The art deco tower is made of unpainted reinforced concrete and includes murals by 26 different artists and numerous assistants. The tower was not designed to resemble a fire hose nozzle, despite Coit's affinity with the San Francisco firefighters of the day, in particular with Knickerbocker Engine Company Number 5.

    Lillie Coit was one of the more eccentric characters in the history of North Beach and Telegraph Hill, smoking cigars and wearing trousers long before it was socially acceptable for women to do so. She was an avid gambler and often dressed like a man in order to gamble in the males-only establishments that dotted North Beach. Coit was reputed to have shaved her head so her wigs would fit better. In other words, she was one of the many typical San Franciscans and a matron saint to the City's firefighters.

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    Coit Tower is an iconic landmark within the San Francisco skyline. On special nights, it glows in different colors. For example, during the World Series, it was illuminated in a bright orange, a tribute to our beloved Giants.

    Visiting is fairly easy via MUNI or your feet. Be careful when visiting at night, as there have been crimes reported up there in the past.

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    From the bottom to the top, Coit Tower is a historically beautiful sight with a magnificent view of the San Francisco Bay. Best way to experience it is to walk from Sansome Street and up the Filbert Street steps to the very top. Then wind your way down The hill into North Beach for meal.

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    Beautiful view from the top of the tower and great history behind it. Not a must see but definitely a beautiful view in SF

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    Love the views from this place. It was extremely crowded when we went and the parking lot isn't huge. But it is worth getting out and taking pictures of downtown from here.

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    Coit Tower is a great place to see the views of the city and the bay from up high. The area around Coit Tower is very beautiful - pristinely landscaped with great vegetation.

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    I'm sure a lot of people have been to the Coit Tower during the day, but have you ever try going here at night? The view is spectacular and the the city lights surrounding the place is breath taking.

    This place is wonderful for catching the view of the bay. Must see it for yourself to believe. After all, this place is historic and definitely worth the sight seeing weather you are a tourist or not. Cheers!

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    For some reason I had never bothered to come up to Coit tower until recently, and it totally blew my socks off. The tower itself is not much to see - but it offers some of the best views of San Francisco. You get 360 degree panoramic views of the city - on a clear day you can see the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, Twin Peaks, Alcatraz, the TransAmerica building and everything in between. Come here at sunset for the best views!

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  • Coit TowerPro 2014

    The 64m / 210ft tall Coit tower on top of Telegraph Hill is a monument dedicated to the San Francisco Firemen. The tower's interior is decorated with large colorful murals.

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    Well worth the hike! Beautiful murals and a fantastic view plus a very interesting and colourful history :)

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    Beautiful views!

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    I wasn't able to go up the tower & see the murals as they were closed for restoration. The view from up top must be great though.

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    Great bay views. parking can get crowded during peak hours though. free to walk around. $7 to go up the tower, cheaper if you have a local ID. there isn't an official tour guide that can provide the history - so read up on your phone if you can to get more insight on the place.

    can get chilly so bring a jacket!

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    It's fun to walk up or drive up to Coit Tower and enjoy the tower itself, and the views from the top.(admission fee) However, be aware that the quality of the view from the small parking lot depends on how low the surrounding vegetation has been trimmed.
    Do go into the lobby (free) and take a look at the historic set of WPA murals finished in 1934. There are more murals on the second floor. You can see these if you join a Saturday, 11 AM tour, free, given by SF City Guides.

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    Fabulous views over SF! You can see almost all SF plus Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Marine County.... It is very spectacular at sunset! The only minus was the somewhat dirty windows.

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    The view from the Coit tower is amazing! You're getting a real life 360 degrees view of the SF bay area right in front of your own eyes. Its definitely a must visit for all tourists and we always take your out of town friends here.

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    They'll let you take an elevator up the tower (after a wait in a line), but you have to climb up the hill to get to the base of the tower, so plan to scale.

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    Green parrots. Keep your bananas peeled for green parrots. The view is also really nice and there are a few hidden staircases in the area

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    for a challenge to get to the Coit Tower, one can either hike up from the embarcadero via the filbert steps or hike up from the north beach. for a bigger challenge, one can try to drive AND park...beware of the long wait. Although there are free 30 minute parking at the round about, on the weekends, there is still a long wait as I doubt the 30 minutes parking is being enforced or adhered.

    The exterior of the Coit Tower is renown, as are the views surrounding it...but one must also visit the murals and the art deco designs on the interiors. It is a real treat.

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Despite the fact that it really does look like one (and it doesn't help when the city decides bathe it in red light), Coit Tower was not originally intended to look like a fire hose. This Art Deco landmark was built as a monument to the fire fighters of San Francisco. Today, the tower offers beautiful 360 views of the city, historic murals, and a fun hike (if the weather is nice).

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