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Lombard Street

Lombard Street, San Francisco, California 94109 USA

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“San Francisco's crookedest street!”

Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California. It is famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns. Lombard Street begins at Presidio Boulevard inside The Presidio and runs east through the Cow Hollow neighborhood. For twelve blocks, between Broderick Street and Van Ness Avenue, it is a principal arterial road that is co-signed as U.S. Route 101. Lombard Street then continues through the Russian Hill neighborhood and onto the Telegraph Hill neighborhood. At Telegraph Hill it breaks off to the south, becoming Telegraph Hill Boulevard, leading to Pioneer Park and Coit Tower. Lombard Street starts again at Winthrop Street and finally terminates at The Embarcadero as a collector road. Lombard Street is best known for the one-way section 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 crookedest (most winding) street in the world. The switchback's design, first suggested by property owner Carl Henry and instituted in 1922, was born out of necessity in order to reduce the hill's natural 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles. It is also a serious hazard to pedestrians, who are accustomed to a more reasonable 4.86° incline because of wheel chair navigability concerns. The crooked section of the street, which is about 1⁄4 mile (400 m) long, is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The speed limit in this section is 5 mph (8 km/h). In 1999, a Crooked Street Task Force was created to try to solve traffic problems in the neighborhoods around the winding section of Lombard Street. In 2001, the Task Force decided that it would not be legal to permanently close the block to vehicular traffic. Instead, the Task Force decided to institute a summer parking ban in the area, to bar eastbound traffic on major holidays, and to increase fines for parking in the area. The Task Force also proposed the idea of using minibuses to ferry sightseers to the famous block, although residents debated the efficiency of such a solution, since one of the attractions of touring the area is driving along the twisting section of the street.The Powell-Hyde cable car line stops at the top of this block.

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Reviewed by
tina.ries.96

  • 38 Reviews
  • 24 Helpful
July 21, 2014

I have been here before when the picture looked like you see on this website, but the hedges have all grown now and you can't see the zig zag as well as you actually visit this location. It was disappointing this visit. I'm surprised they still let people drive down this street.

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Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 515 Reviews
  • 374 Helpful
June 18, 2014
Rated 5.0

Lombard street is amazing, but the poor residents are getting real pissed at the traffic, and I don't blame them. The traffic queue to drive down here can be gridlock sometimes.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Sophie Primeau

  • 15 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
July 29, 2014
Rated 4.0

nice to go down the hill by this road, kids will love it but like everybody said some time you will find a lot of traffics or tourism taking pictures of this street.
but i Did it :-)

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Cin

  • 54 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
July 06, 2016
Rated 4.0

We arrived early, drove down, no lines, no waiting & no crowds at the bottom. But if you REALLY want a more crooked street, go to Vermont Ave!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
GRKNRG

  • 11 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 04, 2017
Rated 5.0

Read people's comments before you go and that definitely gives you an idea of what you're getting yourself into. Hedges have grown, and it is tighter to go down this street. Make sure ur there with a decent car that can handle it and has breaks that work, since traffic can get insane (you move very slowly down the road). So many people at the bottom are taking pictures and they stay and socialize also. Parking was limited while we were there but I still had a chance to step out and take a few photos. It was a really cool experience!

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Anna Hider

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  • 422 Helpful
May 23, 2017
Rated 4.0

Tons of traffic on the road that's actually kind of short AND hordes of tourists at the bottom taking pictures AND tour groups doing it on Segways. Whew. Pretty bustling stretch of road. It goes slow to drive down and it's hard to get a good picture without people taking selfies.... but it's still cool! Gorgeous plants and hedges and flowers!

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 639 Helpful
April 18, 2017
Rated 4.0

Lombard Street is this super charming, heavily-flowered street that's become world-famous because of how crooked it is. You can also get a great shot of the city from atop it, as well. However, it causes quite a lot of aggravation for the residents of that particular stretch of Lombard Street, since it results in some heavy gridlock during tourist season.

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Reviewed by
MelanieFlynn

  • 20 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 20, 2016
Rated 3.0

Park somewhere else and walk this, unless you really want to experience the drive, then be prepared from some frustration. The flowers were pretty.

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Reviewed by
blewis333

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 26, 2016
Rated 4.0

"The Powell-Hyde cable car line stops at the top of this block." This is a very important piece of information. We knew which car to get on, but it was too full, so we asked the next one if they went there. They did. The stopped at the bottom. So if you have been on the treadmill before your vacation, then enjoy the hike up this street. We took some great close ups of some beautiful shrubs. However, calling an Uber at the bottom of the hill might have been a better choice.

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miranda.malichky

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  • 0 Helpful
March 31, 2016

Lombard Street - The crookedest street in SF

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