Coit Tower

Perched atop Telegraph Hill, this Art Deco observation tower offers 360-degree views of the city, the bay, and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. 

As you wait to climb, which can be a little while (roughly an hour if the line stretches to the front door), look around at the floor to ceiling murals, commissioned by the Works Progress Administration during the Depression era. They were produced by 25 leading California artists and feature depictions of the era, including landscapes, farm workers, and city life.

Best things to see at Coit Tower

While there are good views from the base and the surrounding Pioneer Park, you’ll be glad if you wait it out and take the elevator ride, plus 37 steps, to the open air windows at the top. On the way down from the hill, take the Filbert Street Stairs, which wind through gardens and a neighborhood hidden under the trees of a city jungle. See if you can spot the wild parrots.

Coit Tower directions and parking

Best way to get to Coit Tower

Coit Tower is located in Northeast San Francisco near Embarcadero. Telegraph Hill Blvd. can be accessed by car and bike by way of Lombard St. which is right off of Columbus Ave. The #39 bus will take you directly to the tower and the Powell/Mason Street cable car will bring you within walking distance.

Best parking near Coit Tower

There is free parking at the tower, but it is very limited. The ParcTel Parking Garage on Montgomery St. is a good second option that offers one the lowest rates in the city.

Coit Tower FAQs

Is Coit Tower wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, Coit Tower is not wheelchair accessible.

Does Coit Tower have restrooms?

Yes, there are restrooms at Coit Tower.

How long are Coit Tower tours?

Tours of Coit Tower last between 30 and 40 minutes.