Conventional wisdom holds that this iconic monument is shaped like a fire-hose nozzle. It is not, at least not by design. The ... More
Conventional wisdom holds that this iconic monument is shaped like a fire-hose nozzle. It is not, at least not by design. The tower is the gift of Lilly Hitchcock Coit, an eccentric heiress who managed to stand out in a city that teems with eccentricity. Lilly's particular passion was for the San Francisco Fire Department. So, when the money she left in her will for the city's beautification was used to construct the art deco tower on Telegraph Hill in 1932, people made assumptions. The view from here is one of the most impressive in San Francisco, taking in the Bay, two bridges, and the Marin Headlands. Inside, the first floor is decorated with excellent murals, commissioned in 1933, that depict San Francisco's history. Note that there is a small fee to ride the elevator up to the top of the tower, and the tower closes early in the winter. Check the website for details.
Coit Tower is nice, fun, and a different view, but can get a bit cold (even in the summer) due to it's location. It shows some neat SF history and gives you a chance to view the city from the top corner of the Bay.
The last time I was in San Francisco I went to Coit Tower and it was great! It gives you a great view of everything. I am going back to San Francisco this weekend after being away for 3 years and we are for sure going to Coit Tower again.
The coit tower offers an excellent view of San francisco, especially at night,its also a cheap way to end the night with an excellent chill-out place.
Perfect for a date or a place to spend a few hours in tranquility with its excellent view.
It was as great view and I really enjoyed the murals. We did not go up to the top, rather just walked the grounds. That was enough as we did not want to pay the fee for all four of us to go to the top.
While Coit Tower may be a bit hard to get to re: parking sometimes, it's well worth the time investment. The views from this majestic landmark are truly spectacular. Both Bay Area natives and newbies alike always love this special part of San Francisco.
We went up there at night, and it had a really nice view of the city. That's about it though. There was a ton of kids up there trying to prove how romantic they were to their little girlfriends too. It was free, that, and the fact that it had some decent views was about all it had to offer....
I like behind Coit tower.
Since I moved to North Beach, I've often gone up there to read a book and enjoy the view.
BUT there are dogs without leashes.
I've been bitten my book TWICE by these dogs, but the owner said " he loves a book" instead of any apologies....
I also saw that the dog bit tourist's bag and bottle of water.....of course the owner never said" sorry"....
SO I strongly recommend to watch out the dogs during enjoying the view and taking a picture!
AND TO DOG OWNERS- PLEASE PUT A LEASH ON YOUR LOVELY DOG!!
At the top of Coit tower, you'll get an amazing view of the city and the bay (on a clear day, that is). In addition to the view, Coit tower has some amazing murals that were created during the Work Progress Administration Era in the 1930's. Thu murals glorify the life and industriousness of the common man in San Francisco of the time. Before rushing up the elevator, I'd definitely spend some time enjoying the murals.
...until you've seen it from Coit Tower.
When it was first built in the '30's Coit Tower was decried as destroying the SF skyline, now it is unimanagable to see the skyline without it.
Others here say it much better than I do: see the murals. Look for the businessman being held up. See the newsstand with the Daily Worker prominently displayed for sale. And my favorite: The movie house showing Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times."
The murals are a great example of WPA art and really show much of what it must have bee like to live in the Golden State in the 30's.
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