Coit Tower is a 210ft (64m) tower located in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The tower was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. & Henry Howard and built in 1933 at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy socialite and one of the more eccentric characters in the history of North Beach and Telegraph Hill.
Due to the extreme topography, the parking lot at the top of the hill is only accessible by one road, Telegraph Hill Boulevard via Lombard Street. Because Coit Tower is such a popular tourist attraction, at peak times, the street can be backed up and the wait for parking to open up can be long. The alternatives to driving and parking are to come by bus or to walk. It is a short bus ride to Coit Tower from the Fisherman's Wharf area or from Washington Square in North Beach on the #39 bus which leaves every 20 minutes. A system of wooden and concrete stairs and footpaths, called the Filbert Steps, lead to the top of the hill from various directions, making a steep but direct climb possible.