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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

San Francisco Urban Hike: Coit Tower, Lombard Street and North Beach

San Francisco is undoubtedly a hilly place, and this challenging 5-mile walking tour doesn’t shy away from the steepness. Instead, it takes you off the beaten path and onto some of the city’s stairways for an incredible exploration of several neighborhoods and downtown attractions. While meandering through SF’s Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill and North Beach neighborhoods, you’ll come upon some hidden gems, jaw-dropping views, and world-famous sites. Climb to Coit Tower via the Filbert Street Steps; ascend Lombard Street, often referred to as the crookedest street in the world; and discover a tiny park overlooking St Peter and Paul Church, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding pics after tying the knot at San Francisco City Hall.


  • Urban hiking tour of San Francisco
  • Climb the city’s famous hills and take in fantastic views on this strenuous 3-hour walking tour
  • Ascend Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower, walk up Lombard Street and stroll through North Beach
  • Visit lesser-known cultural landmarks and hidden lookouts
  • Get an excellent workout climbing numerous staircases!
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departures

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This urban hike is for those seeking to get a little fresh air and exercise while they sightsee. Some of San Francisco's best attractions are only reachable on foot and this tour leads you right to them. Picturesque views of the city and bay and lush forgotten gardens await you!

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Urban Hike: Coit Tower, Lombard Street and North Beach

Hike up to the summit of Coit Tower for the best views of the city

This three-hour urban hiking adventure starts off at Levi’s Plaza Park, where your guide will be waiting (be sure you’re sporting your most comfortable shoes). Once there, get immediately into your workout with a heart-pumping climb up the Filbert Street steps along Telegraph Hill. The steps are separated into three sections, providing great excuses to stop, take in the incredible panoramic views and snap a few picks. Along the way, keep your eyes and ears open for the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill. You’ll usually hear these beloved birds before you see them.

Atop Telegraph Hill is the 210-foot-tall Coit Tower, an art deco monument and one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks. Climb to the top, savoring unprecedented views of the city itself, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges and Alcatraz Island.

Next, ascend a hidden staircase to Jack Early Park—a tiny lookout offering superb views of Alcatraz and Pier 39—before heading toward San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood. Getting here requires a steep walk up Lombard Street, one of the city’s best known streets due to its unusual crooked section.

As you hike, climb and take in the views, your tour guide will share bits of local history and take you past some fun pop culture landmarks such as Macondray Lane, author Armistead Maupin’s inspiration for Barbary Lane in his Tales of the City novels.

Lastly it’s off to North Beach, San Francisco’s lively Italian neighborhood. Explore its alleyways and learn about its interesting past before returning to your starting point via a stroll down the Greenwich Street Stairs.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

was great !!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

What a wonderful way to see San Francisco, it's a strenuous walk but Alex made sure there were plenty of breaks to take photos and catch our breath. The size of the group made it easy to accommodate everyone's tastes and interests. I would certainly do more walks around the city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

I recently moved to San Francisco and signed up for an Urban Hike to become better acquainted with my new hometown! On this hilly walk, I explored some of the city’s famous spots (like Coit Tower and Lombard Street), as well discover hidden gems (such as Jack Early Park and Macondrary Lane). Our tour guide, Alex, was really friendly and shared some engaging stories about the locations we visited. The hike isn’t too strenuous, you’ll definitely get a good calf workout. I’d suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes and bringing a bottle of water. Whether you’re a local or here on vacation, I highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This is one of the best things I've ever done in San Francisco. I thought I knew this part of town, but I was wrong. Alex took us to places we never would have found on our own, spicing it up with a little history and some great exercise. She is so full of fun and energy - the afternoon just flew by!
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