i'M ONE OF THOSE ANNOYING TOURISTS THAT LIKE TO DO ALL THE PREDICABLE TOURIST STUFF ... AND MORE. THIS CURVY STREET IS FAMOUS AND ONE OF THE THINGS i'D INCLUDE IN MY PLANS WHEN VISITING THE CITY. AS WITH MOST CITIES PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS KEY TO GETTING AROUND BUT WE DID THIS ON OUR WAY OUT OF TOWN.
SO I GOT OUT AND MY HUSBAND WENT BACK AROUND SO I COULD GET A PIC OF THE CAR.
One of the best things about Lombard Street is the fantastic view you get when you are standing at the top of it. You can see all the way to the Bay Bridge and the Coit Tower. The view is stunning by day and spectacular by night when it is all lit up. My camera is not great on night time shots, so I don't think they do it full justice.
San Francisco is built on several steep hills making both walking and driving a challenge. Lombard street counteracted its steepness by making its road twist and turn.
The famous section of the street in the Russian Hill area has eight hairpin bends. It would be interesting to drive down. It is also interesting to watch others drive down. This section of the street has several lovely buildings and the road winds through gardens. These are filled with flowers in summer. On our visit they were not, but there was some lovely blossom.
We walked from our accommodation on Sutter Street, near the city Centre, to Lombard Street, which is called “The Crookedest Street in the World”.
Wow, those hills sure can be steep!
Lombard Street is a part of a district interestingly called Russian Hill. The neighbourhood's name goes back to the Gold Rush era, when settlers discovered a small Russian cemetery at the top of the hill. Russian naval and merchant ships frequently visited San Francisco throughout the 19th century beginning in 1806, and there are several mentions of burials of crew members in the Russian Hill cemetery in the first half of the century. The cemetery was removed, but the name remains.
There is a very compact zig zag part of Lombard Street beginning at Hyde Street, which has become a tourist attraction.
There are eight sharp turns on a 40 degree hill-slope. The turns, which we found out are called switchbacks, were built in the 1920s to allow traffic to descend the steep incline.
There are stairways on both sides of the street for pedestrians.
There are gardens within the zigzag which are perfectly manicured.
People drive up and down the zigzag, and tourists walk and take photographs. That little zigzag which makes it “the crookedest street in the world” must get so much “traffic” it must get frustrating for the residents. But the flower gardens are indeed pretty.
Although this section of Lombard Street is touristy, it was still interesting to see what all the fuss was about. Imagine the 1920s vehicles descending the slope? That would have been a tremendous sight.
There are at least two jokes in Portugal about the size of things in the USA:
One says that in the USA everything is so big that even the small things are big.
The other says that the streets are so large that even to cross them we have to take the car.
Can you imagine why did Lombard street remind me those jokes?
It was a little disappointing to me because my parents were not able to drive down the street, so we had to walk down the sidewalk next to it. The sidewalk didn't even curve. I would recommend planning to drive!
Was it San Francisco or is it America? Whatever the answer, Americans do love their stuff on wheels; from one to whatever number you come up with (mostly two and four) you'll certainly see some stange things going around on the roads.
San Francisco certainly had its share, an abundance even. Oddball things seemed to pop up wherever I wandered through the streets.
Just when a stretch limo would go by, something even longer and higher went past. No sooner had a wooden cable car trundled along than a Mr. Toad's Tours woody would putter by.
The yellow one in the opening shot is interesting. They track the vehicle by GPS and, wherever you're located there's a relevant commentary going on. Excellent idea.
Russian Hill, a residential neighborhood with pockets of restaurants and shops, is the start of the most famous part of Lombard Street, formerly the world most crooked street (Burlington's Snake Alley in Iowa is now it). But still is a favorite of mine
Lombard Street is best known for one block on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being "the former crookedest [most winding] street in the United States." (Vermont St. between 20th St and 22nd St near the San Francisco General Hospital may be steeper, but has only seven turns, and is in a much less picturesque location.) The Powell-Hyde cable car line stops at the top of this block.
The crooked section of the street is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill), and is paved with bricks. The section was built in 1923 to accommodate the steepness of the slope
Known as "The Crookedest Street" Lombard Street is CRAZY.
The best way to view this is to get the trolly (Hyde) and get off at the top and walk down either side via the steps. This will let you see peoples houses, and small frontways, also the flowers, together with a fantastic view over the city from high up
Tourists abound on Lombard St., the crookedest street in the world, but can you blame them? Not only is the street itself special but also the magnificent views of San Francisco and the Bay from the top of the street.
Lombard St. has understandably a slow speed limit, speeding down would be suicide and one would most likely end up crashing through one of the houses located on the street. You could probably walk up Lombard faster than you could driving down it.
I figure the people that live on Lombard must pay a pretty penny for their homes. Imagine waking up everyday and looking out your window at not only the beautiful street but at the million dollar view of San Francisco. Spectacular!
Leavenworth St. is your best option for taking some nice pics of Lombard St. and the parade of cars coming down. We arrived in San Francisco in December and missed out on the beautiful flowers which line the street but the greenery was still very pretty with well trimmed bushes and trees.
I suggest arriving by the Hyde-Powell cable car. The cable car will let you off in front of Lombard St. at the top. Enjoy the views from here and then walk down to Leavenworth St. and enjoy Lombard St.
San Francisco is well known around the world for its vertigo inducing streets, as depicted in the bumper scratching and exhaust breaking scenes in famous films like "Bullitt".
It also has what can be described as one of the crookedest streets in the world in “Lombard Street”.
The road has EIGHT switchbacks. It certainly is a hit with the tourist drivers, as it was busy when we were there. I don't suppose you would actually drive down the street other than as part of your tourist day.
The road has a five mile an hour speed restriction and no taxis are allowed.
You get a great view of the street from the bottom at Leavenworth Street, although you can get a good shot from the base of Coit Tower if you have a reasonable zoom on your camera.
again a clarification, lombard street is not the crookedest street in san francisco but it sure as hell is the most touristy of them all! tour buses cannot go into it for the obvious reasons that the raod is narrow that only cars and suv's are allowed so if you want to experience going through it, you must have a car or ride in one to be able to experience it. being in front of it with the videos and the pictures are simply not enough! while here in the city, you must ask a friend to ride you through it but if you are tourists, then just get a rental car but be careful due to the steep gradients of the roads around the city!