Tucked within San Francisco’s charming Telegraph Hill neighborhood and just below the iconic Coit Tower are a series of hidden steps that are truly worth the climb. Dating back to the 1900’s, the Filbert and Greenwich Steps weave past some of the city’s oldest houses and best-kept secret gardens (with plenty of history). A combination of wood, metal and brick segments of the stairs meander up through the steep hillside, surrounded by charming architecture and lush gardens (even in January), all inaccessible by car. Going up the Filbert Steps leads you to Coit Tower with 360 degree views of the city. Taking the Greenwich Steps back down towards the Embarcadero, you will quickly hear, then eventually see, the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill. This flock of tropical birds is a delightful surprise and only adds to the wanderlust of this true urban oasis. Climbing and descending over 800 steps, this architectural feat may not be easy, but you’ll find plenty of reasons to stop and take in the view, while you catch your breath.
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