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Filbert Steps, San Francisco

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Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
Descending the slope of one of San Francisco's seven hills, Filbert Steps remains one of the most famous stairways in the city, known for its length and scenic vistas. The stairway features 284 wooden steps running down three blocks and through public gardens and past Art Deco buildings. The gardens, home to some noisy parrots, are tended by the residents of the street and feature interesting sculptures. Look for the building with a facade that features a three-story-high relief of the city. Take a look at our San Francisco family vacation planner to schedule your visit to Filbert Steps and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I'll admit it, I'm about 20 pounds overweight, but I still made it up these amazing stairs, at a slow and steady pace starting at Sansome Street and stopping for a breather a couple of places along th...  more »
  • Start from the east side (embarcadero side) of Filbert to get the full effect. Beautiful gardens line the pathway all the way to Telegraph Hill Blvd. Take your time, enjoy the climb, very peaceful and...  more »
  • Incredibly beautiful and nice atmosphere. The easiest way to find the stairs if you start at Levi's plaza/sansome St. If not orcs to go up but also will go down stairs, so you have to start at the montgomery/Filbert Street
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