Panorama showing Coit Tower and a view over San Francisco and San Francisco Bay from outside the tower in Pioneer Park. The Coit Tower is on top of Telegraph Hill and there are good views over the bay from here. Of course, it is possible to go up to the viewing platform at the top of the tower for a truly 360 panoramic view over San Francisco.
Coit Tower in Pioneer Park - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Coit Tower in Pioneer Park' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.
Coit Tower is the distinctive landmark on the top of Telegraph Hill. It was built in 1933 in Pioneer Park with the fortune that philanthropist Lillie Hitchcock Coit bequeathed to the city for the beautification of San Francisco. She had been so impressed with the work of the firefighters following the 1906 earthquake disaster that she willed that her fortune benefit the City. The fact that the design of the Tower distinctly resembles the nozzle of a firefighter's water-hose has been denied by architects but is a fondly perpetuated story.
Coit Tower stands 210ft tall, built of concrete in art deco style, but unpainted on the exterior. It was built with reinforced concrete due to understandable fears following the earlier earthquake's devastating effect on buildings. 26 murals adorn the stairwell inside the tower, painted by a range of artists. Admission is granted on Saturday mornings (variable). While visiting Coit Tower and Pioneer Park, do listen out for the wild Parrots which live here. So much is written of this famous landmark, but these beautiful birds are also becoming a landmark and tourist attraction themselves.
This panorama shows the interior of the Viewing Platform from where you can take in the commanding 360 degree panorama over the whole city and Bay as seen here in this panorama which has sightseeing highlights indicated.
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94133