Coit Tower

Top choice public art in North Beach & Chinatown

Image by Malcolm Graham Five Hundred Pixels

The exclamation mark on San Francisco's skyline is Coit Tower, with 360-degree views of downtown and wraparound 1930s Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals celebrating SF workers. Initially denounced as communist, the murals are now a national landmark. For a parrot's-eye panoramic view of San Francisco 210ft above the city, take the elevator to the tower's open-air platform. Book your docent-led, 30–40 minute mural tour online – tour all murals ($8), or just the seven recently restored hidden stairwell murals ($5).

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