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"A most crooked street" Lombard Street Tip by goingsolo

Lombard Street, San Francisco: 137 reviews and 230 photos

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by goingsolo

Lombard Street is so compellingly touristy that it ranks up there with those sights to see, even though there is little to see here. Known erroneously as the "Crookedest street in the world", this section of Lombard is a shrub and flower lined maze where cars move slowly down switchbacks while tourists gaze at them and the drivers shake their heads, wondering why anyone would want to come and see this. I was particularly fascinated by this street as it was the only time in California that I witnessed a series of cars which were moving at speeds of less than 100 mph. All kidding aside, it is an interesting sight and an interesting and steep walk to the top of Lombard where you can see some nice bay views, if you haven't tired of those yet. And, as one fellow tourist pointed out, you are walking faster than the vehicles are moving. Needless to say, the driver was not amused by this comment.

I read somewhere that Lombard Street is actually not the crookedest street in the world. But this is as crooked a street as you'll find in San Francisco.

Address: Lombard Street. Descent begins at Hyde Street.
Directions: The crooked section of Lombard is located between Hyde and Leavenworth streets.
Phone: +1 415-391-2000

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 5, 2005
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