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  • Address: Telegraph Hill Boulevard, North Beach
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Lobby, murals, and vista points are free; admission charged for elevator
Perched on the top of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco's Pioneer Park, Coit Tower is one of the best panoramic views of the city. From the top of the art deco tower, you can spot the colorful flocks of parrots, which paint the treetops red and blue; further out, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Pier 39, Angel Island, and Lombard Street.

Before heading to the top, enter the lobby to admire the 1930s murals inside the tower's ground floor. The 26 murals tell the story of California history, with frescoes depicting the rise of the state's industry. Indeed, some of these left-leaning murals, many of which were painted by artists who studied under Diego Rivera, were considered controversial when the tower first opened.

Practical Info

Located in North Beach, Telegraph Hill is easily accessible by car and public transportation. It is a short bus ride to Coit Tower from the Fisherman's Wharf area or from Washington Square in North Beach. The parking lot at the top of the hill, however, is only accessible by one road: Telegraph Hill Boulevard via Lombard Street. Another way to access the tower is by walking up the wooden and concrete stairs and footpaths, called the Filbert Steps, which lead to the top of the hill from various directions. The walk, though steep, is actually quite beautiful. 

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