Lombard Street San Francisco is one of the most crooked streets in the city. This one block stretch between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets includes eight tight turns.
This is a view from the top of Lombard at Hyde Street
How did it get this way? In the 1920s, many residents on the street were interested in buying cars. The problem was they couldn't drive down such a steep hill (27% grade). One of the residents had the idea to decrease the grade by creating turns in the road.
When it originally opened, cars could drive both ways on the crooked road. This created some challenges, so they eventually turned it into a one way heading east.
A visit to this San Francisco crooked street is quick. The only thing to do here is either walk or drive down this steep hill. However, it is easy to get to and is close to several other San Francisco attractions.
Both driving down and walking give you a great sense of the tight turns on it. For those walking down the hill, there is a set of stairs on both sides, so you can easily make your way down on foot.
For those driving, you will probably have to wait in line for your turn. I recommend heading over early in the morning or during the day on a weekday. It gets really crowded on the weekends, so plan on waiting in line for a while if this is your only option.
A fun way to get over to the crooked Lombard Street is by taking a cable car. The Powell/Hyde line drops you at the top on Hyde Street. You can then explore it and hop back on to head to your next adventure. With the San Francisco CityPass, you get unlimited rides on the cable cars for seven days. This saves you both money and the hassle of always looking for change.
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Are you interested in driving down it? How about in a GPS guided talking tour car? You will see these cute, yellow two seaters all over San Francisco. It's pre-programmed to show you where each attraction is and how to get there. The great part is that it also takes you to Lombard Street where you can get a feel for what it's like to drive down one of the most crooked roads in San Francisco.
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From Fishermans Wharf: The western side of Fishermans Wharf is just a few blocks from Lombard Street San Francisco. In addition to taking the cable car, you can also walk.
From Union Square: If you are staying in Union Square, you can also either take the cable car, a taxi or the bus.
Due to the number of cars currently fighting their way onto Lombard Street, the SF City Council recently voted to close the street to cars from noon to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday between June 21 and July 13, 2014. It will also close these same hours on Fourth of July which is a Friday afternoon.
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