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Coit Tower Tours

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Coit Tower
Visitors flock to Coit Tower to take in views of downtown San Francisco, Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and other landmarks. With its perch in Pioneer Park atop Telegraph Hill, the 210-foot-high (64-meter-high) tower, built in 1933, offers some of the best panoramic photo ops in the city.
 
The Basics
Coit Tower was built with money left to the city by Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a philanthropist and firefighter groupie who wanted to beautify her city. Visiting the park at the base of the tower is free and still provides good views of San Francisco Bay, but if you want the ultimate vista, head up the elevator to the summit of the tower for a fee. 

First, though, stop to admire the 1930s-era murals in the lobby that depict the history of California. Controversial when they were painted, the frescoes were part of President Roosevelt’s Public Works of Art Project. Some city tours include a drive-by of Coit Tower but most do not stop there, so look for a more specific tour such as a North Beach urban hike if you want time to visit.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes if you plan to walk—it’s a steep climb to get to the base of the tower from any direction.
  • Restrooms are available.
  • Tickets for the tower can be purchased in advance if you wish to skip the line.
  • Docent-led tours are available on-site for small groups.
 
How to Get There
Taking public transportation or walking is recommended, as parking is very limited on Telegraph Hill and the only road to the top—Telegraph Hill Boulevard—can get backed up. MUNI bus 39 takes you right to the base of the tower, while the 45 and 30 go to Washington Square in North Beach a few blocks away. For a thigh-burning workout that gives you an up-close look at neighborhood homes, take the lovely Filbert Street Stairs.
 
When to Get There
Coit Tower can be quite crowded on summer weekends. To avoid the masses, visit early in the morning or at sunset for golden views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and remember that the area at the tower’s base can be accessed even when the tower itself is closed. Coit Tower is particularly popular on the Fourth of July, when the city puts on a fireworks display over the water, and during Fleet Week in October.
 
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
As you walk up to the base of the tower, watch for the local band of parrots who spend much of their time in the trees that surround the park. Made famous by the documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, the red and green birds are noisy but generally beloved.
Address: Telegraph Hill Boulevard, North Beach, 94133, USA
Admission: Varies
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32 Tours and Activities to Experience Coit Tower

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San Francisco Urban Hike: Coit Tower, Lombard Street and North Beach

San Francisco Urban Hike: Coit Tower, Lombard Street and North Beach

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San Francisco is undoubtedly a hilly place, and this challenging 5-mile walking tour doesn’t shy away from the steepness. Instead, it takes you off the beaten path and onto some of the city’s stairways for an incredible exploration of several neighborhoods and downtown attractions. While meandering through SF’s Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill and North Beach neighborhoods, you’ll come upon some hidden gems, jaw-dropping views, and world-famous sites. Climb to Coit Tower via the Filbert Street Steps; ascend Lombard Street, often referred to as the crookedest street in the world; and discover a tiny park overlooking St Peter and Paul Church, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding pics after tying the knot at San Francisco City Hall.
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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  • 30 minutes
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San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

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Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 20 minutes
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

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Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by luxury minivan. This half-day tour takes you to numerous parts of the city for the perfect overview. Enjoy fascinating facts provided by your guide's live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
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  • 4 hours
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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

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Step aboard a vintage Volkswagen bus for a San Francisco city tour. Travel down streets a typical tour bus can't access while your guide fills you in on the history of the City by the Bay, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley. Get views of landmarks such as Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Painted Ladies as you travel through distinct city districts.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Custom Private Tour in Convertible MINI Cooper

Custom Private Tour in Convertible MINI Cooper

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You're in a special city. Why take an ordinary tour? This is the ONLY convertible MINI Cooper tour in the country! This tour is totally customizable – you choose the length of the tour, what time you want to be picked up, and what you want to see. I love San Francisco and have spent 20 years studying and exploring the city. I’ll work with you to plan your tour so you can see the famous sites and the hidden gems other tours can't go to or don't know about. I’ve designed this to be the type of tour I would take if I visited San Francisco, but where you go is up to you. I make suggestions along the way, but how long you spend at any site is up to you. You're never rushed, and never have to wait for other people. It's all about you! Plus, it's fun! In the convertible MINI Cooper, you see everything up close and personal as we drive along. I love showing guests San Francisco, and talking about the history and culture of this unique and special city.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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San Francisco Guided City Tour

San Francisco Guided City Tour

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Explore San Francisco with a local insider and experience an extraordinary afternoon. This half-day tour takes you sightseeing around the city with a guide to offer commentary. Neighborhoods include Fisherman's Wharf, Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Castro, and North Beach plus the Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wi-Fi is available aboard the vehicle so you can post your snaps to social media en route.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle Transport

San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle Transport

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On this San Francisco seaplane tour, treat yourself to aerial views of the Bay Area’s top sights, both natural and man-made. Take off from Sausalito, soaring over the California shoreline up to Tomales Bay and Point Reyes. Then fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Crissey Field and more before landing on the water. Transportation from Fisherman's Wharf is available for easy access to Sausalito.
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  • 1 hour
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San Francisco ALL DAY SPECIAL GoCar Tour

San Francisco ALL DAY SPECIAL GoCar Tour

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For all the joys of independent travel with a speedy tour vehicle included, don't miss this GPS-guided adventure that's perfect for exploring San Francisco at your leisure. Grab an included map, and hop into your talking car for a full day of sightseeing. From the Painted Ladies to the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf to Coit Tower, you can see the best of the city in just a few hours with the freedom to drive yourself.
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  • 5 hours
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5 Hour Sightseeing Tour: San Francisco and Sausalito

5 Hour Sightseeing Tour: San Francisco and Sausalito

San Francisco offers a world of attractions not seen in many American cities—truly iconic architecture, abundant urban nature, and walkable neighborhoods. It can be tough to see it all during one trip, let alone one day. This tour, which offers a customizable itinerary and private driver, makes it a little bit easier. Plus, your driver can take you across the Golden Gate Bridge as far as bayside Sausalito.
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  • 5 hours
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San Francisco Private SUV Tour see all main attraciton in under 3 hours

San Francisco Private SUV Tour see all main attraciton in under 3 hours

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Experience the best San Francisco attractions. Private tour just for your party. Luxury SUV, knowledgeable and courteous driver. We encourage you to customize this tour to make it as unique as possible, making it unforgettable, one in a lifetime experience.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Chinatown & North Beach with Tea & Dessert Local Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Chinatown & North Beach with Tea & Dessert Local Tour

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Discover the highlights of Chinatown and North Beach on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Your knowledgeable guide provides insight into the Chinese and Italian immigrant cultures that have shaped these famous San Francisco neighborhoods. In Chinatown, visit a historic Chinese temple, bakery, fortune cookie maker and tea shop for tastings of their delectable goods. Then stroll past Italian cafes and restaurants in neighboring North Beach where you visit City Lights Bookstore, hear about the Beatniks and Barbary Coast, and see Coit Tower and Washington Square Park.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Self-Guided Audio Tour

San Francisco Self-Guided Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour of San Francisco that provides lively commentary about the city’s history and landmarks. After booking your tour, simply download the mp3 audio guide and map, then proceed at your own pace. You’ll get great views of monuments including Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf as you tour the city at an affordable price.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Explore the streets of San Francisco on two wheels. This easy guided bike tour takes you to many of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. Pedal past the Transamerica Pyramid and through bustling North Beach; peruse the Mission and Castro districts and the Haight-Asbury, home of 1960s hippie counterculture; and visit popular sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. Your guide will provide information and history on local landmarks en route, and there’s also a stop for lunch (added cost). At the end of the tour there’s even time to do your own exploring.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Night Tour - City Lights of San Francisco!

Night Tour - City Lights of San Francisco!

Cross the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge with a Private Guide See a different San Francisco throughout the night. This tour is ideal for city lights enthusiasts and steam photographers! Enjoy the must-see famous places, from Palace of Fine Arts to Bay Bridge span, but your private tour can go much further and give you a more authentic experience of all that makes San Francisco such a glorious place to visit. For example, I can guide you through an exclusive private tour of Nob Hill, top of Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Bridge, view of downtown skyline from Treasure Island, Embarcadero waterfront, City Hall, The Legion of Honor, Castro and Valencia Streets, North Beach/Broadway, Coit Tower, St. Ignatius Church, Japantown and much more. . . I'll show you places that reveal the true character of San Francisco, as it is known and loved by locals.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Private Sightseeing Tour

San Francisco Private Sightseeing Tour

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Make your visit to San Francisco easy by taking this private sightseeing tour that includes round-trip transport in a luxury vehicle of your choice and bridge tolls. See some of the city’s most famous and memorable areas as this tour takes away the stress of maneuvering through the streets and parking in congested areas. Walk down Pier 39, stop for a cannoli in North Beach, see historic cable cars at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum, and take photos of the windmills in Golden Gate Park. Whatever you choose to do, it's up to you when and where to stop.
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  • 3 hours
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$269.00
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Vantigo San Francisco 4 Hour Private Tour

Vantigo San Francisco 4 Hour Private Tour

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Experience San Francisco in classic style on a comprehensive, four-hour, private, tour in a vintage Volkswagen van. Hit all the main sights, visiting 14 districts including Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Financial District, and stop for photos and tales of local lore at the Palace of Fine Arts, Sutro Baths, and a great Golden Gate Bridge viewpoint. Avoid tourist traps and skip the hassles of driving and navigating on this private tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour

Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour

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Explore San Francisco like a VIP on this private sightseeing tour by luxury vehicle. Sit back, relax and admire the landscape of the famously hilly City by the Bay while a chauffeur drives you to top attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Twin Peaks and more. Pickup is available anywhere within San Francisco. Select your vehicle preference when booking, depending on the size of your private group.
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  • 3 hours
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Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Get the most out of your day in the City by the Bay with this 2-day, 2-tour combo package, which combines a trip to Alcatraz with a San Francisco all electric bike tour. The date you book is the date you'll visit Alcatraz Island, and get access to the former federal prison. Go on a self-guided audio tour of the grounds, and stay as long as you like during opening hours. The date prior to your Alcatraz tour, you'll enjoy a guided electric bike tour. Stop by lesser-known spots only locals know of and famous landmarks you’ll want to snap pictures of.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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North Beach and the Bay by Sunset

North Beach and the Bay by Sunset

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As the sun sets over the Pacific you will adventure through North Beach and the piers enjoying the scenery and some of the best views and photo opportunities in San Francisco.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Private City Tour

San Francisco Private City Tour

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See San Francisco with your own personal guide and customize the itinerary to suit your preferences. Spend 4 hours exploring one of California’s most exciting cities, known for its gorgeous location, Victorian architecture and diverse neighborhoods. Take a drive through Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach and the cliffs at Lands End; stroll around Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39; check out the shops at Union Square or Embarcadero; and myriad other possibilities.
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  • 4 hours
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Custom 3 hour Tour of San Francisco

Custom 3 hour Tour of San Francisco

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Getting there is half the fun. My Expedition is more like a Gondola. On stage since age 5, I will entertain you with singing, car karaoke, juggling and stories from my weird and fun life where home ran away from me when I was 15 and I joined the Circus. As a Lyft and Uber driver for 3 years I learned where to go in San Francisco. Testimonials: "Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had. The man has the voice of an angel and the personality of Johnny Carson. Could not recommend a better driver. " "Fantastic driver and extremely entertaining!!!!!"
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  • 3 hours
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$302.57
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Entertaining Tour of San Francisco

Entertaining Tour of San Francisco

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Getting there is half the fun. My Expedition is more like a Gondola. On stage since age 5, I will entertain you with singing, car karaoke, juggling and stories from my weird and fun life where home ran away from me when I was 15 and I joined the Circus. As a Lyft and Uber driver for 3 years I learned where to go in San Francisco. Testimonials: "Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had. The man has the voice of an angel and the personality of Johnny Carson. Could not recommend a better driver. " "Fantastic driver and extremely entertaining!!!!!"
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  • 5 hours
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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Bypass the line and head directly to the gate with your prebooked tickets. This sunset cruise takes you across San Francisco Bay with outstanding views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Sausalito. Enjoy a light appetizer buffet while you sip an included glass of wine, beer or soda from the full bar. Relax as you listen to the captain’s live commentary while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
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  • 2 hours
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