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The views from Coit Tower, and the scenery and the parrots on the Filbert Paths are an important part of the bizarre San Francisco. Telegraph Hill is the name of the famed 'Seven Hills' in San Francisco but also the name of the surrounding small area. It's probably best known as the Coit Tower site, an Art Deco concrete building which looks on top of the skyline of San Francisco. In 1933, in order to embellish the area, she was designed for the intent of the affluent, excentered lady, Lillie Hitchcock Coit.


This is a fascinating place with unbelievable buildings and a flair of San Francisco. Filbert Steps leads to Coit Tower, a series of 400 steps – maybe better reserved to go down, if you do not need a good leg training.


You can see beautiful houses and trees, regardless of whether you take them down or up; the area is well known for its waterfall gardens. Keep your ears open for telegraph Hill's squawks and talking. This region is called their primary home by hundreds of wild parrots, mostly kerry-headed cones. The birds come from domesticated birds that have escaped or have been published. You're loved by SF people and even a documentary movie. You're loved.


The exterior of the Coit Tower can be seen free of charge, but nominal charges are applicable. The town provides docent-led tours including a visit to the walls of the tower base that 26 artists painted in 1934. These tours only take a 30-40 minute duration but to enter the observation deck with an overview of the city, the surrounding area and the surrounding Bay area if you want to go at least up the elevator.


During high hours, it might be thrilling with visitors, but the views, parks, and homes on the hill are some of San Francisco's most beautiful, and when you see parrots in the urban jungle, you are ticking. At 10 a.m. Coit Tower will open. Make it a destination early, using the steps to train your day. When you have finished Telegraph Hill is surrounded by other great places, such as Embarcadero and North Beach that offer top attractions.

Check out our list of the Top 9 San Francisco Hidden Gems. We introduce more information about each on the following pages:  

  • Sutro Baths Ruins and Cave

  • Land's End Labyrinth

  • The Wave Organ

  • The Vulcan Stairs

  • Yerba Buena Garden Sculptures

  • Seward Mini Park

  • Telegraph Hill Parrots

  • Musee Mecanique

  • Angel Island State Park

All of these wonderful locations are located just a short drive from our location near Downtown Walnut Creek, California on Locust Street. Stop by for a visit anytime!

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