Street - The Crookedest Street in San Francisco
Lombard Street -- known as "San
Francisco's crookedest street".
San Francisco is well known for its hilly streets. Although there are plenty of
ups and downs scattered around the city for walkers to enjoy, the most famous
landmark for visitors to this California city has to be Lombard Street.
Street earned the nickname " the crookedest street" in the 1920s when
a smart thinking resident had the brilliant idea to eliminate the steep hillside's
stretch between Hyde and Leavenworth. The solution? Redesign it into a lovely, landscaped
cobblestone path that winds down the breakneck grade of Russian Hill.
If you want a taste of how bad driving or walking on this hill was before the
twists were added, just wander over two blocks and try looking down Filbert Street,
one of the neighboring streets. Lombard Street's 27 percent grade is even steeper!
Street in the Potrero
Hill District near McKinley Park may actually be the crookedest street in
town, it is the scenic elements of Lombard Street that make it the number one attraction
Victorian houses, condos, and townhouses in this section of Russian Hill are some
of the priciest real estate in San Francisco. Even with the constant stream of
tourists, the residents manage to keep the street ablaze with flowers.
down the street is fun, but a leisurely walk let's you see the sights without
the worry of navigating the sharp curves. The twisty section is actually only about 1/4
of a mile long.
Stop and turn around when you reach Leavenworth Street, at the bottom of the switchback
section, and snap the best pictures looking back up the hill. You'll capture the
scale of the road and the cars slowly winding their way through the maze of turns
at the posted 5 mph speed limit.
easy way to get to the top of the scenic section is on the Powell-Hyde cable car
line. There is a stop at the top of this block where you can get off to take pictures
and walk down (and around!) what is today one of San Francisco's most famous tourist attractions.