Coit Tower

Top choice public art

in North Beach & Chinatown
Image by Malcolm Graham

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- to 40-minute mural tour online – tour all murals ($9), or just the seven recently restored hidden stairwell murals ($6).