1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
360° of San Francisco. Beautiful views of the city. The walk up the steps is rigorous, but worth it. I would recommend taking the bus or a taxi up the hill to save time and energy. There was not much of a wait. The elevator operator was educational and pleasant to speak with on the quick ride up and down.
The views are stunning. Upon entry you have a gift shop. You can pay $9 to enter the roof top to see the views, and I definitely recommend going up there. You get to enter a really old and magnificent elevator with really polite staff that talk about the Coit tower and the elevator while in there. Accessible by car. And there is also a small Cafe outside.
Worth the climb up the steps to this high point which dominates the surrounding area. There is a charge for the elevator to the top of the tower (only option) and there was a short queue going up and down. The unique 360 view through sets of windows around the top is well worth a visit. Art Deco styling and interesting period wall murals inside the lobby also make the tower itself a very attractive stop off point on a tour of this part of the city.
I spent a pleasant evening there. You can enjoy the beautiful view of Golden Gate Bridge and beautiful buildings. We took a cab from cal train station and reached Coit tower. Our family spent around 60 minutes here. On the way back, I got into a bus from right infront of the Coit tower to fisherman Wharf. Absolutely loved the place.
In a city of views, there are several unique views that you will only find while climbing the hill or from the hill top park. I recommend doing the stair walk on the backside, and learning about the murals at the base of the tower. Paying the fee to go to the tower top gets mixed reviews - I've always thought it was over priced. For city wide views I would recommend twin peaks, or any of the pocket parks on the flanks of twin peaks - all of which are free and are easy to reach by car for those who aren't looking for a hike.