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Telegraph Hill, once the site of a semaphore that signaled the arrival of ships during the Gold Rush, is now home to Coit Tower, a stark 212-foot monument completed in 1933 with money donated by Lillie Hitchcock Coit. Admire the WPA murals decorating the first floor and take the elevator to the top for the view. If you don't fancy the climb up Telegraph Hill, take the #39 bus (every 20 minutes). Descend via pretty Greenwich Stairway, which runs through terraced private gardens; if you're lucky, you might spot some of the wild parrots that live here.
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