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Built to beautify the city with the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, Coit Tower was completed in 1933. The murals that wrap the tower's rotunda were commissioned by the Public Works of Art Project as part of the New Deal that same year. Murals in the rotunda are open to the public, but those in the stairway are only accessible on Saturday mornings via tours arranged with San Francisco City Guides. The inside was originally intended as a restaurant; however, it was converted into an exhibition space before the tower's opening. Take the elevator to the top for views over the city and bay. To visit Coit Tower and other attractions in San Francisco, use our San Francisco trip planner.
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  • Prepare your breath and go up the stairs until you reach the top of Telegraph Hill or go by car until then. I walked, because I like to walk to discover the city. The view of this place is beautiful and it's definitely one of the great options to see a beautiful sunset. Strongly recommend!
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  • Beautiful area. Be ready to walk some stairs, both to get to the spot and then inside after the elevator ride too. But it is like a piece of heaven in the middle of the city - take a lunch or snack an...  more »
  • It's a hike to get up the hill, but we did it again, on our second visit. Coit is a perfect place to start your trip in San Francisco. You can see over the city in all directions. It closes at 5 pm, s...  more »
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  • Super cool experience. Probably the best view of San Fran and the bay area. You can take great pictures that aren't through windows, which is rare. It's really cool that's it's open air. Great views, cool artwork on your way up. They use the original elevator still. 84 years old and still running strong. Chill and informed staff.
  • Little wait. Free bathroom near entrance that smells extremely bad but cleans itself after every person leaves. Good views. A great place to take pictures. You take an elevator all the way up to the third floor. When you get there you go on stairs. Watch out for the last yellow stair though. There's a low drop. Try not to stumble on it. When you get up there's plenty of Windows. All the middle one's are unlocked.
  • We didn't go up to the top of the tower (didn't feel like paying, but I don't think it cost too much), but the views just from the base were fantastic! Really nice murals inside too. We'll definitely come back and go to the top. They offer little tours as well, which is nice. Extra plus: restrooms!
  • Some of the best views of San Francisco. Worth the visit. Beautiful artwork in the tower. Even when closed, the self-cleaning public bathroom has saved me on some pleasant evening runs. Worth the walk up the hill to this site--nice views day and night. Only open to go up tower during the day, though.
  • Coit Tower is an awesome spot to see some great art and every landmark in the city. The art is free to view, but it does cost to ride the old elevator up to the top. My recommendation, if possible, is to climb the Filbert Street Stairs up to the tower take a break with some art and views of the city and then make your way back down the steps. A very popular landmark visit mixed with some local niche scenery.
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