Lombard Street

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2055 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
(415) 674-1982

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irenem irenem
153 reviews
Lombard Street Jan 25, 2017
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 spring blossom.

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.
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mdfehmel mdfehmel
233 reviews
Windiest, Steepest Street in the World Dec 21, 2016
The title says it all. It's the world's steepest and windiest road. This brick lined street is still "motorable" if you care to drive down, but it is just enjoyable to walk down and take pictures of the cars navigating its hairpin curves. This attraction literally takes 5 minutes to see but it is a no-brainer in san Francisco. If you are on foot, it is about a 5 block walk straight up hill from Ghirardelli Square, a short Uber ride if you are not in hill-climbing shape, or the cable cars roll right by. Pretty sure the cable cars are not hop-on-hop-off though, so you may only get a drive by if you chose that option.
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mkarinaa mkarinaa
48 reviews
Lots and lots of turns May 28, 2010
Don't get too excited about the Lombard Street and don't go out of your way to visit it. It is after all just a really windy street.

It is definitely something you should see though, because you can't see it anywhere else in the world. However going down the street in a full size SUV probably was not the best idea. The street is not all that wide and if you're an unexprerienced driver you can scratch up your car pretty badly. Don't forget its not only windy but its also very steep!
timhardin timhardin
5 reviews
Well worth a look May 26, 2010
I'd actually recommend going in the middle of the day with lot's of people. Best pictures from the bottom as mentioned but it's more fun to watch all the drivers going downhill from the top at Hyde st.
Africancrab Africanc…
777 reviews
What a crooked street May 24, 2009
This is by far the crookedest street in the city. First we walked up the Filbert street for the Coit Tower and it was steep enough to take our breaths away, they say Lombard street is even steeper that’s why part of it designed like this so the people wont be killed rolling down :) The crooked part of the street is located on Russian Hill. The street houses some of the most beautiful and extremely expensive Victorian mansions. The crooked section, with 8 switchbacks and a 5 mile an hour speed limit, is between Hyde and Leavenworth, the best place to try and get a photo is from the bottom on Leavenworth. If you want to drive it, you have to start from Hyde Street and drive down.

The street attracts quite a crowd.
Tinktinkie says:
No problem Harriet. The information was interesting!
Posted on: Apr 28, 2010
Africancrab says:
Thanks Nelieta, I guess I could have just done that huh. Interesting indeed. Thanks for doing so.
Posted on: Apr 28, 2010
Tinktinkie says:
Hi Harriet, I took this from Wikipedia:
"The neighborhood's name goes back to the Gold Rush era, when settlers discovered a small Russian cemetery at the top of the hill. Although the bodies were never identified, the bodies probably belonged to Russian fur traders and sailors from nearby Fort Ross, an old Russian outpost north of San Francisco. The cemetery was removed, but the name remains to this day. There is no significant Russian presence here as the city's Russian community is located primarily in the Richmond District.

In the early 1900s, Colonel Andrew Summers Rowan, "the man who carried the message to Garcia," lived on Vallejo St. Also on Vallejo street at that time was Mrs. Mary Curtis Richardson, a portrait painter whose painting of the mother and child was copied a million times in postcards during the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915."
Posted on: Apr 28, 2010
tcatto tcatto
8 reviews
The crookedest street of San Francisco Mar 15, 2008
Because the Lombard Street is so famous, I went to take a look. I took the wrong cable car and ended up at the bottom of the street. It was actually not that bad, because at the bottom of the street you can take nice pictures of cars coming down the street. When I walked up the stairs to get to the top of Lombard Street, people kept asking me whether that was the crookedest street. Before they drove down, they should have seen the road sign...
thenewextrememimi thenewex…
57 reviews
Sep 17, 2007
So it's been 3 years since I moved here and I still hadn't seen Lombard Street, so I figured I might as well. I didn't really check the cross street and just started walking from my house, up throught the tenderloin, up over Nob Hill until I reached Lombard. I figured I hadn't walked far enough west and was about to head left when I noticed all the cars were queuing up to my right as they went over a hill....Whatever could be stopping them? Could it be?

Indeed, when I came over the hill and saw all the cars lining up to crawl slowly down the switchbacks, clown music immediately started playing in my head. There is no reason for this ridiculousness! It's like the Dodo bird of city planning! But, no, city planning is not run by Darwinism, and this badly mapped street from a traffic point of view is thriving on the wonders of tourism. What a testament to creative advertising.

Lombard street, thou art almost as comical as Solvang.
sybil says:
this is funny!
Posted on: Oct 22, 2007

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