Lombard Street, San Francisco
This famous street is on everyone's list of top ten things to see in San Francisco. I was keen to see it and expected much. In some ways I was rewarded, in others not so.
There wasn't as much of it as I expected and I was thinking "car chases in movies" but this serene street, while busy, is a place of beauty more than anything else. It's also a place of weird stuff on wheels.
There were Segways (3), three wheeled cars (2) with running commentary linked to GPS, bikes, limos, just about any small vehicle you've ever seen passes down here.
Fondest memory: I arrived at the bottom end of the street. It's easily identifiable because there'll be a group of tourists somewhere, and those are just the ones that are walking.
The gardens initially catch your eye and rightfully so, but the architecture is just as pleasing.
Of course, it's all about the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight switchbacks that have earned the street the distinction of being the most winding street in the world (though this title is contested). The switchback's design, first suggested by property owner Carl Henry and instituted in 1922, was instituted in order to reduce the hill's natural 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles to climb. It is also a serious hazard to pedestrians, who are accustomed to a more reasonable sixteen-degree incline. The crooked section of the street, which is about 1/4 mile (400 m) long, is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The speed limit in this section is 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h).
San Francisco is a city of numerous hills which make parking, walking and navigating your way around quite the challenge. Riding cable cars up and down these hills is considered one of those things to do while in San Francisco, if for no other reason than that you are riding a cable car while in San Francisco. And this is something you must do. Everybody says so.
Another great thing about San Francisco's hills is that they lead to great views. Pictured here is Telegraph Hill which leads from Lombard Street on a steep incline to a small park with great views of the city.
This was a totally awesome thrill to go down the "Crookedest Street in the World".
LOMBARD STREET has eight sharp turns, known as switchbacks, on a 40 degree slope. There are also stairways on both sides for pedestrians.
We went down not once, but TWICE. What a blast!
Fondest memory: Located in the Russian Hill District, the descent begins at Hyde Street.
An original point of view of the Lombard Street.
I want to be always original and never succeed in trying this. This is taken while the others were trying their luck with the California Megalottery.
In don't believe in luck and I preferred to plan to bother you with this.
I sense is actually possible to find in this picture, infact it shows how long that road is, and in the distance you MAY see the most famous twisting portion of the road that everybody want to visit
Between Hyde and Leavenworth, Lombard street snakes to reduce the slope of street which was 26 pct and becomes 16 pct thanks to the curves. So the horses were able to climb the street.
Now, it is a one way street (West ---> East) and a lot of drivers use the way only for fun.
It is also famous because it is covered of flowers. A French guy, from Limousin, had the idea. He leaved at the 1010.
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Fondest memory: Several films show a car pursuit in this street.
This isn't a must see but it's a neat thing to see and the are surrounding the street is quite scenic and indicative of the oppulence that exists here and what domiciles they build
Fondest memory: Jumping the hills in my friends beat up van like in the movie Bullit.
This is me (aged 21!) at the foot of Lombard Street, the crookedest street. The film 'What's Up Doc' was a favourite of mine as a kid, and part of a chase scene was filmed here.
Five minutes earlier, I'd bumped into 2 people I knew from university in England. Remember, it's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it!
catch a glimpse of the crookedest street in the world - Lombard Street.
Be careful when you're climbing up this narrow street - it's VERY steep!! But then again, aren't most of the streets here in Frisco steep?? :-))
For those in the know, of course you'd know that there is a quicker and better way to descend by taking the steps on either side of the street, like what I did. Heh! Heh!!