Coit Tower
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Monument tower overlooking San Francisco. Tower includes murals from 1934 showing California business, agriculture and home life of the period. 360 Degree viewing platform at top of 212 ft tower.
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  • Michael F
    Audubon, Minnesota34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views of San Francisco
    If you want a fantastic view of the San Francisco area, make a stop at the Coit Tower. It isn't easy to get there but it's worth the view. We were visiting family on a rainy day so we drove up there and actually found an open parking spot. However, there are maybe 15 spots so don't try it if you aren't feeling lucky. When we visited Fisherman's Wharf, we saw a bus marked Coit Tower picking people up so that is probably a better option. The view from the parking lot observatory is very good but you have to go inside the tower and take an elevator to the top to really get the view. You buy the $10 ticket first and get in line for the elevator, which holds about 6-7 people. We were there in March so the line was short. It still took 10-15 minutes in line to get the elevator. The ride is about five minutes and the elevator operator was cheery. He answered the obligatory questions (how many stories (11), how long is the trip, do we have to get back on right away) and then we were there. The top of the tower is open and you view the city through sets of three windows as you move around the tower. The view was fantastic! We spent time looking for famous landmarks and just taking in the view. You can stay as long as you need to. There is a line for the elevator down as well. It was well worth the trip and we enjoyed our 60 minutes there.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • thistle-do-nicely
    Kilmarnock, United Kingdom632 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views over the city
    We had been at Coit before, but never gone up the tower. The views from the top were well worth the entrance fee. The elevator was out of order, so it was 230+ steps to the too, which was ok except for the unreasonable attitude of one member of staff who told us not to stop on the landings as "this was the evacuation route". Absurd. At over 60, although reasonably fit, I needed a moment to catch my breath before continuing.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 16, 2023
  • Ness W
    Sittingbourne, United Kingdom282 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Coit tower so worth seeing !
    A very long walk but so worth it !!! The tower was very interesting. We walked one way in and a different way out. So saw two different areas !! Lovely photos and great views weather permitting!!!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 18, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views of the City and Bay
    A bit of a workout making the climb to and up historic Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, but the reward is amazing 360 views of the city and San Francisco Bay. Limited parking available. You can catch bus #39 to reach here.
    Visited October 2022
    Written April 29, 2023
  • ekelleman88
    Hammond, Indiana171 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good views without going to the top
    I should preface by saying I did not pay the $7 to go to the top. I mainly went to check out the murals which were very nice. You can still get good views of the city and Bay Bridge from the grounds. I can't say if it's worth it to go to the top.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 18, 2023
  • LauraInTally
    Tallahassee, Florida22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great View and a Bit of History
    Great view of the bay and city. You can see the zig-zag of Lombard Street, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Oakland Bridge and learn a bit about the purpose of the lookout on the hill during the Gold Rush. We paid for a day pass for MUNI - which allows one to ride any bus, cable car or street car, and took the Coit Tower bus up the hill and back down before transferring to a cable car to tour other areas of the city.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Paul W
    Sheffield, United Kingdom146 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like lots of steps LOL
    Use bus number 39 to get there. Unfortunately for us, we were not aware of this and from the Embarcadero we took the Greenwich steps (approx 200 steep steps) and then the second set of steps up to Coit Tower. After a drink and rest, we were advised that the lift in the Coit Tower was out of action. So another 234 steps to climb (I counted every one of them LOL) and paid $10 for the priviledge. However from the top of the tower, the views are stunning.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Elina Michaelidou
    London, United Kingdom584 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice views but the glass didn't allow for great photos
    There were some really nice views from the top of Coit Tower. When we visited, the elevator wasn't working and had to take the stairs (13 floors), but we didn't have an issue with this. The ground floor and the beginning of the staircase were covered in beautiful murals. At the top, the views of San Francisco were great. The observation platform is quite small and it can easily get crowded, but at least we had some nice views. What I didn't really like was the protective glass in the openings that limited the photos we could take, especially if we wanted to avoid a reflection on the photo. On top of that, the glass wasn't a bit dirty too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • GMH153
    Widley, United Kingdom433 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the climb for the view
    Starting from Lombard there were many staircases to climb to the Coit Tower early one Sunday morning but the line was small the sun was out and the views from the top stunning Whilst waiting for the elevator we admired the murals on the wall s. We were thankful that the elevator was running but it was a bit cramped at eight at a time. But we were thankful we did not have to climb anymore stairs!! Out of the elevator a flight to the top to be rewarded with clear sights around San Francisco. The Golden Gate was peering out of the fog
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Waddler
    York, United Kingdom10,149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy, but views
    the view from the top is much superior 360 degree view than the partial views from the park below, so worth coming up. There was a big queue for the elevator in the afternoon, but if you walk up the 13 flights then you don't need to queue (other than the short queue to buy tickets). Once at the top it was busy. There was an open window in most directions but curiously not in the direction of the Golden Gate Bridge so photos in that direction had to be through the glass. Great 360 degree views though.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
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philip w
145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It’s a bit of a walk but the view is good.
You can catch a bus from fisherman’s wharf.
There was no lift working so it’s basically 13 flights.
Written February 18, 2024
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Joseph G
Bengaluru, India5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Visited all the top attractions. We stayed at Fishermans wharf so could visit Pier 33 and Pier 39 often. We did a boat trip to Alcatraz and also under the Golden Gate Bridge. We took a long drive on the 17 mile Coastal route . Visited the bay area tech company campuses. Took rides in SFO famous cable cars and Visited Union Square, Golden Gate park, Ferry Building. Also did a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods. Did a trip to San Jose, Freemont etc
Written February 18, 2024
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK6,829 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I walked to Coit Tower from my hotel located on Nob Hill, which was a downhill walk until I reached the Tower with just a couple of steep street hill climbs to navigate.
The views from outside the Tower are stunning, but when inside everything was unobstructed.
The lift was broken when I visited so there are 234 steps up and back down again to consider.
The views were spectacular from the top of the Tower and one of the guides opened windows for me to take better shots. There is no roof at the top of the tower so if it rains unexpectedly, take a brolly.
The interior of the building contained some beautiful pastel murals, which depicted the city from the past.
It was well worth the $10 entrance fee and jolly good exercise for the day.
Written January 21, 2024
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Iconic tower located on top of Telegraph Hill. Great place to walk around in the evening for a 360 degree view of the entire city.
Written January 18, 2024
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C P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We are so glad we didn't pass this by! Even though the elevator wasn't working, the 234 steps to the top weren't THAT bad. Gorgeous views at the top.
Written January 4, 2024
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Pauly-101
Glasgow, UK517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Unplanned visit to climb the tower on a sunny day. Even though we didn’t book ahead, there was barely any wait for the lifts. The staff were talkative and well informed and of course, the views were stunning. A must do attraction.
Written December 15, 2023
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Badforever
London, Canada785 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We walked up from the surrounding neighborhoods. But you can drive up or there is a bus. Once on site, there is a snack bar and bathrooms in the parking lot. Once inside, the elevator is not working. You must climb 13 flights of stairs. Great views from the top, but they are through glass panels. Cost is $10. $7 for seniors.
Written November 13, 2023
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed an evening walk up to the tower and admired the view. There are some good lookout points. Just beware as some parts are dark so don’t go alone.
Written November 13, 2023
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LoveToTraval
Columbus, OH392 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The view from outside the actual tower is worth the trip. However, do not count on going to the top of the tower. The elevator was down when we were there, so check ahead
Written November 1, 2023
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Karen W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
So much to see and great weather that was not too hot nor too cold. ! Biking over the Golden Gate Bridge, exploring Golden Gate Park, riding the cable car, eating in Little Italy, and taking a tour of Alcatraz and Muir woods were highlights of the trip. All touristy activities but from the other coast so they were must sees. Getting around on public transportation was good but a little difficult to find where the bus would stop in some cases. Stayed in Fisherman’s Wharf area at Hyatt Centric which turned out to be a great location.
Written November 1, 2023
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