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Coit Tower, San Francisco

(4/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web)
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 get the most from your holiday in San Francisco, create itinerary details personal to you using our San Francisco vacation trip planner.
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  • Decided to walk from Chinatown and it is very steep in places, but enjoyable. One of the streets has steps as too steep for a flat sidewalk. Once at the tower, the views are good but a bit obscured by...  more »
  • Wonderful views from the top especially on a nice sunny day. No parking at the weekend but OK during the week. Absolutely stunning area and the murals around the ground floor are fine.  more »
  • My friends and I recently visited and took the elevator to the top of the tower. Fortunately we pre-purchased a $10 tix and went straight to the front of the line to the elevator. We were able to avoi...  more »
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  • Great panoramic view from the top of tower. Take the elevator ride to the top for only $7. Although it is only about 1/2 mile from Fisherman's Wharf and the Alcatraz Tour Pier, the inclines up to this monument are steep and windy. I definitely suggest a cab or uber ride up to the top. From these local neighborhoods its only about $5 ride to the top. Save yourself a few minutes and spend it looking at the murals throughout the ground floor. Coit Tower is very quiet on weekday mornings. No line to the elevator at open.
  • The map may make it seem like it's walkable from Alcatraz Ferry, but I'd suggest taking the #39 bus on North Pt and Powell St to go up here if you're around the Fisherman's Wharf area. Walking down is a breeze but the walk up not so much unless you're used to urban hiking. Great view on a clear day, wear layers it can get breezy.
  • If able, walk from the Ferry Building and take Filbert St. (30 minute travel time) and you'll be in for beautiful gardens up the wooden alley way stairs. If you decide to do this be mindful there are a lot of stairs. You can always take a Muni bus or attempt to drive and park at the top of the base of Coit Tower. The elevator to the top of Coit Tower is inexpensive (under $8 per adult) and there are special rates for San Francisco residents. You get 360 degree views of San Francisco. Elevator wait on a summer Saturday at noon was 15 minutes. Attempt to go to the top of Coit Tower on a mostly clear day. It's still beautiful with distant fog.
  • Would definitely recommend this place to travelers. You get a good view of the city from near the tower. The reason I gave three stars is even though the view is good from the tower its not much different when compared to seeing it from the bottom of the tower. In fact I liked the view point of the city when I took the stairs to the Coit Tower. Be sure to go to the Twin Peaks as well if you are visiting San Francisco. One of the best places to see in the city.
  • Was there yesterday for my anniversary and it was absolutely beautiful. We parked down the street as the parking lot was full. The first thing we noticed was the self cleaning toilet area that is sitting up front. SELF CLEANING! How cool is that! We proceeded to go inside and checked out the murals on the walls. We then paid to go to the top of the tower which was $8 per adult and there was no wait. Mind you this was a Sunday. Once on top you get a great view of the city. Will be going back but with my kiddos this time! Great Historic Place.