Coit Tower

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1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA

Coit Tower San Francisco Reviews

irenem irenem
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Coit Tower Jan 25, 2017
From Washington Square we climbed up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower. It is quite a steep walk.

Coit Tower is 210 feet high and located at the top of Telegraph Hill, so it has wonderful views over San Francisco. It was built in 1933 using money left to the city of San Francisco by Lillie Hitchcock Coit. The tower was designed by architects Arthur Brown Jr and Henry Howard. On the ground floor of the tower there are murals by twenty-seven different artists.

It is possible to enter the tower for free and view the murals, visit the gift shop and the toilets. If you want to go up to the top of the tower by elevator, it costs $8 or $5 for seniors. We went up in the elevator. It was a clear day and the views were lovely.

There are reasonable views from the bottom of Coit Tower though some pesky trees get in the way. From the top of the tower there are fantastic views towards Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the ferry building. To get to the top you have to pay $8 and ride up on the elevator. The viewing platform has several small windows; some open, some closed.

The ground floor of Coit Tower is decorated with a wonderful assortment of murals. Even if you decide not to pay to go to the top of Coit Tower, you can come in and see the murals for free. They are certainly worth a visit.
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An Amazing View of San Francisco May 14, 2011
For a view high above San Francisco, Coit Tower is the place. Built in 1933 with money donated by Lillie Hitchcock Coit, Coit Tower is a 210 feet tower perched well above the City on Telegraph Hill. Ms. Coit was apparently slightly eccentric as she loved to chase fires. Coit Tower is a monument to the City's firefighters.

Getting to Coit Tower is not particularly easy and expect a steep climb up many steps. The view at the top, though, is worth the hike. Coit Tower offers spectacular views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, the City of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge as examples.

When entering the Coit Tower lobby, the ticket desk inside in the gift shop may be a little hard to find as the shop blends in with various artwork. The lobby of the tower is decorated with assorted murals from 1934 as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration (WPA). The paintings are colorful, interesting and beautiful, depicting life in California in the 1930s during the Great Depression.

A manned elevator will take visitors to the top of the tower. While there may be a wait going up or down, getting to the top is worth it. The roof of Coit Tower is open so wind will blow into the viewing area. Be sure to bring a jacket to the top as the wind may be gusty and cold.

If you are afraid of heights like I am, there is no need to worry. While the ceiling is open, the windows are closed in, so I had no fears of visiting the tower's top.

Admission to the tower is $5.00 and well worth the price.

If you are visiting San Francisco, Coit Tower is a "must see" location. Try to time a visit to the tower when the weather is clear as the scenery is fantastic. I try to visit the tower anytime I'm in San Francisco.
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Sep 16, 1996
Coit Tower is a 210 feet (64 meter) high outlook and one of the best known landmarks in San Francisco. It is located on Telegraph Hill (elev 275 feet, 83 meter). The art deco tower was built in 1934.

Escelator fee: 4,50 (2007)

Hours: 10am-6pm.

The view from the top spans 360 degrees and offers wonderful sights of "the City": Alcatraz, Pier 39, Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, Russian Hill, the Financial District, Lombard Street and Nob Hill. It is definitely worth a visit.

There are some potential drawbacks, though.

First of all the place can be very crowded. On certain days and hours it may be nearly impossible to find a free space on the parking lot atop of the hill (I had no problems). In the worst case there may even be a traffic jam on Telegraph Hill Boulevard, the only road that does lead to the top.

Photographers should consider that Coit Tower is located northern of downtown. Consequently you will have backlight when taking pictures of the skyscrapers around high noon. Also keep in mind that the windows on the viewing platform are covered with plexiglass (beware of reflections!).

The tower is inaccessible to wheelchairs!

Coit Tower contains a little souvernir shop. The walls inside the tower are decorated with murals which depict working life in 1930s California.

Additional tip:

East side of Telegraph Hill is the home of a flock of feral parrots. Most of them Red-masked Parakeets.
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