SF Streets, San Francisco
Try taking a leisurely walk starting from the SFO Visitors Center on Market, up the stairs to the Cable Car Station on Powell and Market. Then proceed to Union square and have sip coffee while taking in the view. Proceed to Maiden's Lane into exciting Chinatown. Sample dumplings, chicken feet, Chinese cookies and noodles all at very reasonable prices. From here you can head to Coit Tower for a beautiful view of San Francisco Bay and the city. Then on to the world's crookedest street, Lombard! This certainly is an exhausting walk as it is uphill most of the time. Take a nice photo of the winding street and head down towards Bay Street into the Fisherman's Wharf! Allow about 3 hours to do this leisurely walk. Don't forget to put on a nice comfy pair of shoes.
In the streets of San Francisco, you can expect to hear live music played in the streets especially in places popular with tourists... At the time I was living around San Francisco, South American music was very popular and rightly so..
The music played by this band was beautiful.. You may purchase their CD or Audio Cassette which is for sale or just stand and listen and if you care, donate an amount of money to their donations bucket..
They played such beautiful music with their traditional South American instruments.. I believe they were from Peru.. Very talented and worth taking a break from sight seeing and listening to some great music while resting your legs!!!!!
If you just ascended and descended Lombard Street by car...and still want more...make a right on Jones St. (just a couple blocks at the foot of Lombard) and take that back downtown towards Union Square area. The hill is just as steep as Lombard...but this street doesn't have curves, and the street itself isn't as smoothly paved (or really bricked) like Lombard.
The area South of Market (SOMA) has been transformed over the past 10 years from a place with a lot of "affordable" (comparatively speaking) apartments to an area of lavish condominiums. This rehab created quite a stir in San Francisco. Those who were being squeezed out resented the "gentrifying" of SOMA, and sometimes responded with vandalism. It got to the point where the "gentry" were foolish to park their BMWs on the street.
The sign at the bottom of this condominium building says "Starting at $400,000." Quite a deal, don't you think, for one of these condominiums?
Located in the Russian Hill district, Lombard Street is known as "the crookedest street in the world" because of its eight sharp turns. The turns, known as switchbacks, were built in the 1920s to allow traffic to descend the steep incline.
The street zigzags around beautiful flowers and offers a nice view of the bay. There are stairways (without curves) on either side of the street for pedestrians.
The steepest block in San Francisco is 22nd Street between Vicksburg and Church Streets. For maximum thrills, do it in a car or taxi.
If you are driving, take a left off Market Street onto Noe Street and drive up Noe to 22nd Street. Take a left and continue for a block and a half, then plunge.
If you don't have a car, the hill is only a couple of blocks from my house. Just ring the bell and I'll give you a lift.