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Coit Tower is a beautiful SF landmark, and should be on your list of must sees - at least for an hour or two.

You can drive to Coit Tower, but I do NOT recommend it! Parking is extremely limited, and you could wait a VERY LONG time for a spot to open up (an hour is not uncommon). The 39 MUNI bus goes to it, but the best way to get to Coit Tower - if you're in OK shape - is to walk. There are several staircases that take you from the lowlands at Levi Plaza (which used to be the shoreline) up Telegraph Hill. The Filbert Street steps are the most well known, but the Greenwich Street steps are nice as well.

The views from the parking lot are great, but you'll have to stand on the walls to peer over the junipers, which need a good trimming. There is an elevator that goes up to the top; for $4.50 - the price of 2/3 of a scoop of ice cream at Pier 39 - you can get some of the best views of the city.

Also inside, for no charge, are the famous fresco murals. Occasionally vandalized by people objecting to their socialist messages, and, more recently, by dumb people who just want to carve their initials in something, they were done in 1934, at the height of the American Socialist movement. The longshoreman's strike was in the same year. They are great works of art in themselves, and you can spend hours (well, maybe one hour) looking at all of the details.

Address: 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94133
Directions: At Greenwich St. in North Beach/Telegraph Hill
Phone: (415) 249-0995
Website: http://www.coittower.org/

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2007
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