on July 18, 2000
Coit Tower is a 210 foot high tower built with money contributed to the city of San Francisco by Lillie Hitchcock Coit in the early 1900s. Lillie was rescued as a young child from one of the fires that plagued San Francisco in the 1800s, and came to be a self-appointed mascot of the fire department. The tower itself actually looks like the nozzle of a fire hose. This tower is a must-see for any San Francisco visitor. It opens everyday at 10 AM. If you drive your car up Telegraph hill, there is limited parking available. Get there early before the tower opens to assure you will get a spot, and hike around the grounds to amuse yourself before Coit Tower opens. People often just walk up Telegraph Hill to avoid the hassle of parking all together. Be warned, however, that it is steep and quite a little hike! Once inside the attraction, take a moment to look at the murals painted in the bottom section of the tower. Then spend $3.75/person to ride an elevator to the top of the tower (The stairs were closed during our visit.). The view of the city from the top of the tower is quite marvelous and affords a wonderful opportunity to orient one's self with the lay of the land. You may spend as much time as you'd like looking across the city, but it does get a little chilly as the top of Coit Tower has no ceiling but is open to the air.
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