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Twisting Through History: Lombard Street’s Iconic Path

Fun Fact: Lombard Street is often called the “crookedest street” in the world, but in reality, it is not even the most crooked street in San Francisco!

Twisting Through History: Lombard Street’s Iconic Path

Lombard Street, renowned as the “crookedest street” in the world, captivates visitors with its picturesque beauty and unique design. This famed San Francisco landmark, with its tight hairpin turns and lush gardens, offers more than just a challenging drive; it tells a story of innovation, community, and the city’s ever-evolving landscape.

A Steep Beginning

The story of Lombard Street began in the early 20th century when residents faced a dilemma. The hill’s original 27% grade was too steep for the era’s automobiles, diminishing the area’s property value. In response, landowners petitioned for a solution, leading to the 1922 redesign by city engineer Clyde Healy. The introduction of eight switchbacks reduced the grade to 16%, transforming the street into both a functional roadway and a scenic marvel.

Did you know?

    1. Despite its fame, Lombard Street is not the most crooked street in San Francisco, a title that goes to Vermont Street between 20th and 22nd streets.
    2. The crooked section of Lombard Street was once a two-way road until 1939, when it was changed to one-way to accommodate the increasing flow of traffic.
    3. The hydrangeas that line the switchbacks are meticulously maintained by the residents, adding to the street’s charm and vibrant color.

Lombard Street Today

Today, Lombard Street attracts visitors worldwide, eager to navigate its curves or capture the perfect photo from the bottom at Leavenworth Street. The experience of walking down the 250 steps offers a different perspective, allowing for an up-close appreciation of the Victorian architecture and manicured gardens that define this San Francisco treasure.

Not to Be Missed

The Best Viewpoint

For those looking to photograph Lombard Street, the intersection of Leavenworth and Lombard Streets provides an ideal vantage point, showcasing the winding road against the backdrop of the city.

A Walk Among Gardens

Taking the time to walk the steps alongside Lombard Street not only offers a leisurely way to experience the landmark but also provides numerous photo opportunities of the cityscape and the street’s famous flora.

Nearby Attractions

Lombard Street’s location in the Russian Hill neighborhood places it near other notable San Francisco attractions, including Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and the vibrant Polk Street, making it a perfect stop on a day of exploration.

Location and Information

Address: Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (between Hyde St and Leavenworth St)

Website: For more information on Lombard Street and nearby attractions, visit the San Francisco Travel website.

Lombard Street remains a testament to San Francisco’s spirit of innovation and its residents’ commitment to preserving the city’s unique charm. Whether you brave the drive, take a leisurely stroll, or simply stop to take in the view, Lombard Street offers an unforgettable experience that highlights the beauty and ingenuity of San Francisco.

Fun Fact: The crooked portion of Lombard Street was a two-way street until 1939.

Learn More: Top 10 Fun Facts About Lombard Street

Photo Romain Fliedel

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