This photo was taken from the car as we traveled the confusing streets to the tower. We spent most of the day there because there is very little parking around the tower and the line of cars waiting for someone to leave is lengthy. I wouldn't even attempt to visit in high tourist season. I think it took us over a half hour to reach the top. I read that San Francisco is considering stopping auto traffic to the tower and will institute public transportation. Buses that could unload a lot of tourists makes good sense.
Following are a few facts about the tower. [from Wikipedia.]
Coit Tower was built in Pioneer Park atop Telegraph Hill in 1933 at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit to beautify the City of San Francisco. Lillie bequeathed one-third of her estate to the City of San Francisco "to be expended in an appropriate manner for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city which I have always loved"
This statue of Christopher Columbus stands in the middle of the parking area.
These lovely flowers lined the ramp I used to get to the elevator.
You will recognize Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. I have more photos taken from the top of the tower, but they will have to wait for another post.
Reaching the top of the tower to take the scenes was a real test of strength. Of course, I am a stubborn mule and was determined to reach the viewing site or know the reason why. I'm probably a little loco also.