Coit Tower, San Francisco
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.
Coit Tower Reviews
A gorgeous 1931 landmark building atop a hill offering fabulous views of the city in all directions. The aging building has a small and slow elevator with a line, but they move people through and even... more »
Buy your ticket online to avoid the line. There is one small elevator to take people up and it only holds about 6 people. - The guy operating it was very crabby! We took an Uber up to the tower. There... more »
I walked here. It was very easy to find as you can see it from anywhere in the city! It was only $9 to go up in the tower. You could stay as long as you wanted. I didn't have a wait and there were only a few people in the tower. I was there on a Tuesday afternoon that was overcast and I think early February is a low tourist season. I spent a long time with my nice camera up in the tower getting great shots. The murals at the base were pretty too. Recommend it!
We went on a Saturday afternoon and the wait was about 20 minutes to go up the tower. $9 entrance for adults. The view was definitely worth it - got to see San Francisco from all angles. We stayed there for about 30 min but you can stay as long as you want in the tower. There's parking at the tower but I would recommend walking to the tower if possible because the view on the walk is wonderful
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