Perhaps one of the most famous of San Francisco's stairways,
the Filbert Steps deserve their acclaim. The stairs rise in three
sections from Sansome Street to Coit Tower.
The lowest section is concrete and steel snaking up the
side of a cliff which gives way to a wide concrete stairway. Reaching
Montgomery Street, the steps cross the median with a short staircase.
The upper section is nearly straight, running through a series of sculpted
(and sculpture!) gardens.
The stairs are impressive for their length, their wonderful
views of San Francisco, the well tended gardens on either side, and the
beautiful art deco buildings along the way. One of the most spectacular
buildings features three-story high reliefs of San Francisco.
Nearby are the equally amazing Greenwich
Street Stairs. I recommend taking one stairway up to Coit Tower
and the other back down.
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