Coit Tower – San Francisco

Coit Tower, San Francisco, CA

Coit Tower is one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist attractions. You can see this famous city landmark for miles – it sits atop Telegraph Hill in the heart of San Francisco. At night, the beacon of light is especially stunning – it lights up the beautiful San Francisco landscape. Coit Tower’s Observation Deck is a must-see when visiting San Francisco – the viewing platform at the top of the tower offers panoramic views of the City by the Bay. 

The 210-ft. high Art Deco tower was built in 1933 as a memorial with funds from Lillie Hitchcock Coit – an eccentric philanthropist who loved the city and supported its local firemen after the 1906 earthquake and fire… hence its unique shape of a fire hose nozzle. Colorful murals can be viewed inside Coit Tower – protected as a historical treasure, they depict working life in California during the Great Depression. 

Walking to Coit Tower

The walk to Coit Tower is scenic, but steep, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. During our last visit, we walked from North Beach, up two steep blocks of Filbert Street (just follow the signs), and then climbed the stairway to the base of Coit Tower. And be prepared (once inside the tower, after getting out of the elevator) to climb a steep spiral staircase (about 37 steps) to get to the Observation Deck.

Keep an eye out for the Wild Parrots while wondering around Telegraph Hill – it’s a favorite roost for the world-famous flock of parrots.


Limited parking is available near the base of Coit Tower – it can be very crowded, especially during peak tourist season and weekends, so expect to wait.

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