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Coit Tower, San Francisco

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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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  • I went to city many times but never went to this place. I had family visiting us so took them to show them the city and golden gate. had some extra time so took them to this tower. Unfortunately the e...  more »
  • Hubby decided we should walk all the way up to catch the amazing view from the top of the tower. Sadly I forgot to pack the oxygen mask and defibrillator. What a climb! With steep hills and too many f...  more »
  • After the wonderful walk uphill from Filbert Street, surrounded by the scents of spacious villas, here's Coit Tower. After a queue not too crowded elevator and dreamy views over the city. Of course attraction to see in good weather. Visited on 31/12/2017
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  • One of the many landmarks in San Fran to visit. Quit a climb to get there if you are walking from the piers which I did so it may be beneficial to use some other form of transportation to get there. The tower reminds me of the Washington Monument except that you can walk in, witness many of the historic murals that were commissioned in the early 20th century and most of all, take the elevator up to the top. What awaits you once you reach the top are breathtaking views of the city.
  • One of the must visit places in SF. Best eagle eye views of the city. Good for taking photos out of the windows. Can get really windy sometimes. Top floor is not covered thus no protection from rain or shine. Ground floor has wall murals dipicting history of the city. You can buy memorabilia at the shop at ground floor. Public toilet inside anf outside the premises.
  • Amazing views! This is a right gem of SF. For only $8 per adult to go up the lift. (Odd lift person mind!) It's well worth it. Cued for 5mins on Sunday afternoon. You can get the bus up or walk up the hill. Some more history would have been good about the place but it was built in the 1930's so it's not got much! Still worth every penny for the views!
  • A real eye opening experience visiting Coit Tower. The ticket to go up to the viewing area on top of the tower costs USD8 and it's well worth it. The queue for the elevator can be quite long at times especially during weekends. On top on the viewing deck, there are windows giving a 360 degree view all around the city. Amazing sights of the bay and bridge area, and of the city skyline. There is no time limit in the observatory deck. Worth the visit.
  • Watched Judy Irving’s award-winning documentary “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill”? A homeless musician feeding a flock of cherry-headed parrots and singing all the day? If you, then you must have spotted the place! Every metropolis has a proud emblem of its city skyline. New York has the 102-story Empire State Building. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Likewise, San Francisco has got its civic pride at COIT TOWER. Set high atop the historic Telegraph Hill, the tower gives 360-degree sweeping views of the city and the bay, including the inescapable Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges. The views aside, you're really here for fresco murals painted by a group of artists back in 1930s. Most of the murals depict working class American citizens and their struggle during that period. The simple fluted tower looks like a firehose nozzle and was built at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a patron of the city’s fire fighters, to beautify the city. It's free to get inside, but if you wanna rise 210 feet high, it's $8 for non-residents. Well, if you’re finished with Chinatown, take an uphill stroll from there and get to the base of the tower. View the murals, tour the gift shop, ride on the elevator to the top and watch the city from a unique perspective. It's absolutely amazing! Nothing short of spectacular! And as you come downstairs, be ready to hear the raucous chatter of parrots flying back and forth over your head.

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