"Coit Tower at Telegraph Hill" Coit Tower Tip by mindcrime

Coit Tower, San Francisco: 137 reviews and 263 photos

  Coit Tower at Telegraph Hill
by mindcrime
  • Coit Tower at Telegraph Hill - San Francisco
      Coit Tower at Telegraph Hill
    by mindcrime
  • murals at Coit Tower - San Francisco
      murals at Coit Tower
    by mindcrime
  • view from Coit Tower - San Francisco
      view from Coit Tower
    by mindcrime
  • view from Coit Tower - San Francisco
      view from Coit Tower
    by mindcrime

We got tired walking up Gilbert Street but it?s really worth it to go up the Telegraph Hill. The view from the Coit Tower is amazing and you can have a panoramic view of the city(pics 3-4 showing Alcatraz and the city). The tower (pic 1) was built in with funds of Lillie Hitchcok Coit and it?s one of the landmarks in SF. Its height is 64 meters and although it is simple it dominates the skyline of SF because of its location atop Telegraph Hill.

Before going up we spent some time at the lobby and watched some beautiful murals (in social realism style, like Diego Rivera?s) on the walls showing scenes from daily life in 1930 (pic 2), they are considered as some of California?s best exables of depression era public art. The authorities didn?t want to open the tower to the public at first because they were afraid of the communist themes :)

First we payed the entrance fee ($5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1,5 for small children 5-11) at the small gift shop and then we took the elevator to the top of the tower. The problem is that the glass on the windows wont allow you to have the best quality on your photos but try to admire the view anyway. The windows are very small but you can shoot some nice pics from up here but no tripod use allowed. Have in mind that you can also take nice pics from the parking lot of the tower so you can save some money. You can see the murals at the lobby without paying anyway.

The Tower is open daily and because of some steps, before and after the elevator it?s not wheelchair accessible.

Address: 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
Directions: atop Telegraph Hill, if you cant walk the steep street take the bus 39 from Washington square
Phone: (415) 362- 0808
Website: http://www.coittower.org/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Jan 20, 2010
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“WORLD is a book. Don't read just one page!”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 2 1
Forum Rank:
0 0 0 2 8

Have you been to San Francisco?

  Share Your Travels