• Coit Tower - San Francisco, California

      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      Once the tallest building in San Francisco, this fluted Art Deco structure perched atop Telegraph Hill is still a distinctive feature of the city skyline. Named for one of the colorful characters in the city's history, eccentric feminist socialite Lillie Hitchcock Coit, the tower was built in part as a tribute to firefighters, and also features murals depicting labor struggles of the depression era.

      If you go:
      Open daily except for major holidays. For a modest fee you can ride an elevator to the top for a panoramic view of the city. Be advised that parking is limited, so you might consider public transportation. A hike to the tower from the North Beach neighborhood is a pleasant but strenuous walk.


      1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard
      San Francisco, California 94133 USA

      Mailing address:
      San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department
      McLaren Lodge-Golden Gate Park
      501 Stanyan Street
      San Francisco, CA 94117 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      S.F. Rec. and Parks Dept.
      +1 (415) 831-2700

      Coit Tower
      +1 (415) 362-0808