Lombard Street is said to be the most winding street in the world. Everyone comes here to drive down it, but in order to do so you have to drive up the other side - a very very steep gradient, not all winding like the other side. It was very scary being stuck in traffic there, as to release the brakes would have sent all the cars toppling backwards for miles.
Is it the most crooked street in the world? Or is that Wall Street?
Weird. We couldn't figure out why people were actually trying to drive down Lombard St. Even worse, why wuld people buy houses with their driveways on Lombard street? It was craziness. The best part of Lombard was the gardening on every turn, gorgeous hydrangea and ivy.
The street does have a practical purpose, though. In 1922 the street was made into a series of hairpin turns to off-set the extreme angle of the hill the street was built on. It wasn't safe to drive on otherwise. The winding road lasts for one block on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. Worth seeing, actually, you'll need to see it to believe it.
ONE STREET YOU REALLY MUST SEE ON YOUR TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO IS LOMBARD STREET.
THIS IS THE CROOKEDEST STREET IN AMERICA...OR SO THEY SAY. THIS STREET HAS BEEN IN LOADS OF MOVIES AND NO DOUBT BEEN PHOTOGRAPHED MORE TIMES THAN YOU CAN THINK OFF.
THE POWELL AND HYDE CABLE CAR STOPS AT THE TOP OF LOMBARD STREET AND IT IS NICE TO GET OFF HERE AND WALK DOWN WATCHING THE CARS ZIG ZIG DOWN THROUGH THE EIGHT TWISTY TURNS. THE HOUSES ON LOMBARD STREET ARE WORTH A SMALL FORTUNE AND IF I CAN REMEMBER RIGHT A RATHER FAMOUS NOVELIST HAS A HOUSE ON THE HILL.
THE BEST TIME TO SEE THE STREET IS IN SUMMER WHEN ALL THE FLOWERS ARE IN BLOOM,
BUT IF YOUR THINKING OF DRIVING DOWN YOURSELF JUST REMEMBER TO LEAVE PLENTY OF TIME AS TRAFFIC CAN BUILD UP AND MOVE PRETTY SLOWLY. THE ROAD ITSELF IS PAVED IN BRICK AND LOOKS REALLY WELL...IF YOU COME TO VISIT LOMBARD STREET PLEASE REMEMBER TO BE QUIET BECAUSE AFTER ALL PEOPLE DO LIVE HERE.
HERE'S A LITTLE FACT..IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE SAN FRANCISCO'S MOST CROOKED STREET GO TO VERMONT AVENUE ON 20TH STREET...BUT NOT NEARLY AS FAMOUS AS LOMBARD STREET..
The cable car line Powell-Hyde takes you passed the top of Lombard Street. You can see the street sign for Lombard Street in the picture. This is the road that is very curvy and has been used in many films.
Jump off the cable car and have a walk down this really unusual road.
You can also see Alcatraz in the Bay.
We took turns driving down the world's most crooked street - Lombard Street. Surprised that there are many houses at each turn and the residents must have trying to get out every day with tourists doing their driving tests.
Of course, you can walk up and down too if you are not driving. May be hitch a ride. It is a one way street from top down. It can also be easily missed and so get a map or direction to get to the start of this crooked road.
I wasn't going to add Lombard to the tips. I mean, who doesn't recommend Lombard Street? Even my friend who lives in SF insisted on driving me down Lombard Street. Including this last trip, I've been there three times, so clearly I think it's cool. And I hit my limit for SF travelogues, so... here's my Lombard Street tip!
I don't have much new to add, unless you didn't already know that Lombard isn't actually the most crooked street in SF (that honor goes to 20th Street near McKinley Square in the Potrero Hill area)... or that the Real World San Francisco house is at the foot of the hill, 949 Lombard. My friend told me that the guy who bought the house after the Real Worlders moved out tried to sell tickets for admission, but no one cared. So he sold the house and whomever owns it now has remodeled it. So I guess that's a something a little new, huh?
The first pic is of the view from Lombard going up the hill towards Hyde, before you go down the crooked part of the street. The rest were taken going down the crooked part.
I learned from a tour guide that Lombard Street is not the "crookedest street" in San Francisco but it certainly is the city's most famous crooked street. The crooked part of Lombard Street is bounded by Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. The street is beautifully landscaped. There are steps on both sides. When walking up and down the street, especially early in the morning, be careful not to disturb the residents, who have the mixed blessing of living in a world-famous tourist attraction. Cable cars on the Powell/Hyde line stop at Lombard Street. Views of the bay (and Alcatraz) from Hyde and Lombard Streets have appeared in many post cards.
Note to self: The crookedest street is at 20th and Vermont. Check it out.
A short section of Lombard St switchbacks down a steep hill, earning it the title of the Most Crooked Street in the World. This place is very much meant for tourists, and isn't exactly worth going to. Still, there is a nice display of flowers there, which makes the place at least somewhat attractive. I wouldn't recommend visiting Lombard St. unless you have plenty of time to waste.
However, there is a good part to this place; if you head to the top of the street, you have a great view of the Coit Tower perched on the opposite Telegraph Hill.
Lombard Street, known as "The Crooked Street", is one of the atractions of San Francisco. No one can go there without seing this bizarre street.
This is a hilly street created with sharp curves, full of flowers. In spring and summer the view of the street is amazing and colourful. Some of the best mansions and houses in San Francisco are located here, as it is one of the classiest and most expensive real estate location in town.
The best place to see the street and take pictures of it is from Leavenworth Street, at its bottom. It's funny to see the cars coming down the street slowly.
This is Lombard Street, the most "visited" street in San Francisco...and whoever designed it for sure did not have to drive or park his car there.
To get there, if you are driving, you have to go UP from the center of town on the steepest street in San Francisco...and it is NO FUN...we drove up and as usual there was a stop sign at the top of the crest...so you had to stop on the steepest part of the hill. This was fine, but the car in front of me was not a very experienced driver apparently...when they tried to continue up the hill after having stopped, they rolled backwards about 10 meters (yes, having lots of experience in San Francisco and with bad drivers, I left LOTS of room between me and the car in front of me on the hill....but even with this HUGE gap, they almost hit us before the burned lots of rubber and managed to get going UP instead of sliding backwards....after we moved a few meters closer to the top, they did the same again..and the car behind me left me no room to back up at all, they came up fender to fender...I could already just imagine the headlines "Martin from VT visits SF and is crushed along with beautiful wife and daughter as cars pile up backwards because of dumb driver"......so at this point I decided to make a U-turn and go back DOWN...we parked on a lower street and walked two blocks to the top...
You can get there by cable car which I would recommend to those drivers who are slightly faint hearted.
You can either drive or walk down or take the cable car which stops at the top so people can take pictures. The landscaping is gorgeous. The best view of the street is from the bottom looking up.
Fommers calls this overrated but I think it's such a classic San Francisco landmark that it's a must see. There is another street that is even more crooked but not so nice (Vermont/20th) in Potrero Hill.
Driving Lombard St. is a lot of fun. The speed limit is like 15 mph. Afterwards, it's almost a necessity to park and take pictures. Be careful -- there's a lot of traffic, and the drivers aren't very forgiving, and the best spot is in the middle of the street below. That explains the picture -- I have no idea who these guys are, but I couldn't wait for them to move -- just point click, and run to the curb.
Lombard Street is one of San Francisco's most famous attractions. It is also one of my personal favorites. It has 8 switchbacks, making it one of the most crooked streets in the world! From the top of Lombard Street, you will see magnificent views including the San Francisco skyline, Coit Tower, and the Bay Bridge. It is most fun to walk down the street, as it loops back and forth. Cars are only allowed to make the descent down the switchbacks, not the ascent. Also, there are certain hours where cars are prohibited from Lombard Street's crooked section. A great way to see some of San Francisco's most famous attractions is to walk down the crooked part, and continue on down to the rest of Lombard Street (as the street is very long; the crooked part is only one part of it) all the way to the North Beach neighborhood. You will see signs all along the way pointing you to Coit Tower. Walking from Lombard Street to Coit Tower is definitely good exercise, but best of all, you can walk along the North Beach neighborhood and see fantastic views on the way up to the tower!
A portion of Lombard Street in San Francisco is famous for being the "crookedest street in the world." It's an interesting and unusual piece of construction --- zigzagged in order for cars to safely navigate the very steep slope.
This street is one-way, just downhill. You can watch the zigzagging cars from the bottom of the street, or drive through it starting from Hyde Street.
"Let him who is worthy by reason of his clear eye and unjaded heart wander across these borders of mystery and beauty and be glad." George Sterling
To me, Lombard Street defines San Francisco in a way no other landmark can. Although inside I hear myself condemning such stereotyping, I cannot help it. Never have I been more excited about a single street in all my life. The winding familiarity of this road is exactly what makes it so special. This isn't new or unchartered territory, instead it is the subject of numerous televisions shows and films, all of which add to the hysteria that surrounds Lombard Street. Yes, it is crowded and admittedly it is over pretty quickly but I strongly recommend it. We took a cable car to Hyde Street where the descent began. Firstly admire the views from the top, take in the hilly streets and the famous Telegraph Hill. The stepped path down is an opportunity to admire the quintessential Frisco life. The houses that border the road are beautiful, no doubt with beautiful prices to match and it is great fun to stop and admire such grand residences. If you're prepared to face the queue, you can take a drive down Lombard Street - many a body was seen hanging from the sunroofs of tourist's cars, camera in hand as we descended. I just feel sorry for the residents!