Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Lombard Street’s 8 world-famous hairpin turns have earned it the nickname the crookedest street in the world

Please Note: Availability of this stop depends on traffic conditions.

Lombard Street in San Francisco, with its distinctive hairpin turns, is an iconic symbol of the city’s charm and ingenuity. Known as the “Crookedest Street in the World,” this unique street has a rich history, stunning views, and a picturesque setting that attracts millions of visitors each year.

Lombard street historic image during construction
Lombard street historic image during construction

 

History

Lombard Street’s crooked design was introduced in 1922 to reduce the hill’s steepness from a 27% gradient to a more manageable 16%, making it accessible to automobiles and enhancing property value. This modification not only improved safety but also transformed Lombard Street into a scenic marvel, combining functionality with aesthetic appeal​​.

Lombard Street Today

Lombard Street is celebrated for its beautiful landscaping, especially the vibrant hydrangeas that bloom alongside the eight tight turns. This marvel of urban planning is enveloped by the Russian Hill neighborhood, offering panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and Coit Tower. The street is a testament to San Francisco’s architectural innovation, with its Victorian and Edwardian homes adding to its allure​​​​​.

Did you know? Lombard Street wasn’t always one-way. It became a one-way street eastward in 1939 to better manage traffic flow.

 

Lombard St San Francisco curves from above drone shot DroneEddie [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
Lombard St San Francisco curves from above drone shot DroneEddie [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Not to be Missed

  • Driving or Walking Down Lombard Street: Experience the thrill of navigating the famous eight hairpin turns, either by car or on foot via the 250 stairs on either side.
  • Views and Photography: Lombard Street offers some of the best views in San Francisco, including sights of North Beach, Telegraph Hill, and iconic landmarks like Coit Tower and the Oakland Bay Bridge.
  • The Gardens: Visit in spring to see the hydrangeas and other garden beds along Lombard Street in full bloom, providing a colorful spectacle​.

Location

  • Address: Lombard Street between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, San Francisco, CA
  • How to Get There: Accessible by bus, cable car, or car. The Hyde Street cable car drops you off at the top, while the Powell-Mason cable car stops at Lombard St. and Columbus Ave. Note that the curvy portion only runs one way, towards the east​​.
Lombard Street’s 8 world-famous hairpin turns have earned it the nickname the crookedest street in the world
Lombard Street’s 8 world-famous hairpin turns have earned it the nickname the crookedest street in the world

 

In Popular Culture

Lombard Street has featured in numerous films and television shows, further cementing its status as a cultural icon. It didn’t become widely recognized until the 1960s, three decades after its transformation, when it began appearing on postcards, largely due to the picturesque addition of hydrangea bushes​​.

Why You Should Visit

Lombard Street is more than just a road; it’s a piece of living history and a work of art. Its combination of architectural beauty, horticultural elegance, and breathtaking vistas make it a must-visit destination in San Francisco. Whether you’re walking down its steps or navigating the turns by car, Lombard Street offers a unique experience that epitomizes the city’s innovative spirit and natural beauty.

sightseeing tour on Lombard Street the crookedest street
sightseeing tour on Lombard Street the crookedest street

Lombard Street Fun Facts

  • Lombard Street is actually not the crookedest street in San Francisco; that title technically belongs to Vermont Street between 20th and 22nd streets on Potrero Hill.
  • The idea for the switchbacks was to make the steep hill safer for pedestrians and vehicles alike, a testament to the city’s commitment to combining safety with aesthetic appeal​.

Exploring Lombard Street reveals the essence of San Francisco—a city that thrives on innovation, beauty, and a deep sense of community. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a longtime resident, Lombard Street offers a fresh perspective on what makes San Francisco truly special.

Please Note: Availability of this stop depends on traffic conditions.
 

Nearby Points of Interest

Ghirardelli Square: Go four blocks north of Lombard Street. Walk over for an ice cream during hot days, or for a hot chocolate with whipped cream on a cold day.
 
Less than a mile north, highlighting fresh seafood and Boudin sourdough bread bowls.
 
 About a mile northeast, packed with attraction shops, restaurants, and the Aquarium By the Bay.
 
 Offers stunning panoramic views of the city. Continue down Lombard Street for a mile until you reach Pioneer Park. Coit Tower is located on top of the hill in Pioneer Park.
 
Little Italy offers a variety of bars, comedy clubs, and authentic Italian restaurants. Try some focaccia bread, or take a walk in the relaxing green space of Washington Square.
 
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest Chinese community on the West Coast and features a thriving community culture
 
– Mural-filled alley with perfect backdrops for Instagram and Tik Tok. Free and Family friendly. Located at 757 Beach Street near Hyde St.

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