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Coit Tower, San Francisco

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Observation Deck · Hidden Gem · Monument
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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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  • The views from the top of the tower are spectacular. Although the top of the tower is not that much higher than the car park below, views from the car park are obstructed by the trees around the car....  more
    The views from the top of the tower are spectacular. Although the top of the tower is not that much higher than the car park below, views from the car park are obstructed by the trees around the car....  more »
  • we were gutted to have gotten here to find out it was closed. We were hoping to have gone in and looked out accross the city especially as we timmed it to be there for sunset. Not sure if or when it.....  more
    we were gutted to have gotten here to find out it was closed. We were hoping to have gone in and looked out accross the city especially as we timmed it to be there for sunset. Not sure if or when it.....  more »
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  • Neat place to visit. $10/person to take the elevator to the top. The elevator is original to the building (1933), interesting enough. The elevator comes with an operator (nice guy) and holds about 5 passengers at a time, so it can take a while if things are pretty busy. The views at the top are, of course, quite nice. The top of the tower is open air but the viewing area is all covered with windows that you look though. It's an interesting place to visit but not a "must see" kind of place. The grounds around the tower are quite nice as well to explore. There are murals and other things to see at the bottom of the tower.
  • What a beautiful slice of San Francisco and Americana. The murals inside are worth a trip all by themselves. Take a minute and look at the people overturning the car in the intersection or the line of workers by the dam. Pretty inspiring stuff. What about the butcher. The views are outstanding other than the partial blocking of used by trees. Also a great walk from almost anywhere in the city if you don't have to drive. For $10 you can go to the top of the tower and spend as much time as you want getting unobstructed views of the entire area.

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