The view from Coit Tower

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You wouldn’t think that an earthquake-prone city like San Francisco would have viewing towers atop Telegraph Hill, but the builders of Coit Tower clearly wanted to push their luck. The result is a 210-foot tower made of reinforced concrete with 360-degree viewing windows on its rooftop observation deck.

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The views from up there are amazing, as you can see all of the hills and valleys of the city from above. Virtually all of San Francisco’s major attractions can be seen from up here: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Transamerica Pyramid, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Bay Bridge, and Lombard Street.

The tower is open from 10 am to 5 pm during the winter months (10-6 from May to October) and costs $8 for adults to ride the elevator to the top. Stay up there and take as many pictures as you like.

Coit Tower is not far from Lombard Street, the famous twisty, crooked street with switchbacks and mansions next to the road. You can get a great view of Lombard Street from the tower.

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And Alcatraz looks imposing from up here.

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On my previous visits to SF, I bypassed Coit Tower because I didn’t think it was anything special. But I can now say it’s worth the eight bucks. Check out more scenes from atop Coit Tower.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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