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Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
November 10, 2011
From journal San Francisco - Top Five
Gravesend, United Kingdom
September 16, 2009
November 29, 2005
Lombard Street boasts an incline of 27 degrees--that's pretty steep! Its curves were designed in the 1920s by necessity rather than for aesthetic. Cars and people could not just go down the hill without crashing or falling over and rolling to an unpleasant demise. The banked curves helped make it possible for cars to navigate this cliff (both going up and coming down).
Though this historic section of Lombard Street is now a one-way road (going down the hill), the curves are still a necessity. In the past, task forces and commissions have tried to deal with the traffic problems this section of the street causes, but in the end, they have found that banning parking during the summer and making it a one-way street is all they can do.
This section of Lombard Street is a very swanky section of town and an excellent place to get a view of the nearby attractions like Coit Tower and Alcatraz. Mums bloom during the warmer months in the garden plantings that line the curves, which adds to this neighborhood's beauty. The houses on this block are among the priciest in San Francisco and beautifully kept up.
For the best view of Lombard's quirky design, try looking from the bottom of the hill upwards. It is just amazing how this brick-road section has served its purpose for so many years yet is still such a tourist's marvel.
Lombard Street is truly a San Francisco sight that must be seen for yourself. You won't see anything like it anywhere else!
From journal San Francisco, CA
Manhattan County, New York
November 24, 2011
April 3, 2007
From journal Are you Going to San Francisco?
January 5, 2007
Introduction Known as the "crookest street in San Francisco", it is one of the most popular attraction in the city. The hill is paved and lined with a spectacular arrangement of shrubs and flowers make this one of the most photogenic stops on your trip.Location/Getting Here Cable Car. The easiest way to get here is taking the Powell-Hyde cable car line and getting off at the Lombard street stop. The gripmen on the cable cars will let you know where the stop is as it is one of the most popular stops on the line.
Car. You can only drive one way on this section of Lombard Street. Going Down... To get here get on Hyde St and then turn onto Lombard street to start the slow trek down the street at 5 mph whilst negotiating the many switchbacks.
Walking. You can always walk to Lombard street but depending on where you are coming from it might be a long steep climb to get there. Highlights With the 27 degree drop on the hill it can feel like you can make one slip and you would roll all the way to the bottom. However the views and landscaping make it more than worthwhile. For those not driving down the street there are two wide sidewalks with steps cut into them. The steps are shallow make it easy for everyone to experience the sights. To fully appreciate the area it is best to walk to the bottom of the hill as the views from the bottom are even more spectacular than from the top.The landscaping on the hill is fantastic. There is an abundance of manicured bushes shrubs and explosion of colors with the thousands of flowers in the flowerbeds that line the street. Recommendations If you have the time to visit this attraction I would highly recommend it. It's easy to get off the cable car, spend some time exploring then hop right back on the next cable car.
From journal San Francisco in June
St. Augustine, Florida
July 18, 2006
We took on Lombard Street by foot the first time and, of course, stopped at the bottom to take a photo looking up at the confusion. The view from the top is worth a trip to look over the city toward the Coit Tower. Our second trip down Lombard was in a car, and was interesting, although not as much of a view unless you have a convertible. Lombard is great to say you've seen it - and a good photo-op...but bring your good shoes!
From journal Long (Full) Weekend in San Francisco
Birmingham, United Kingdom
April 3, 2006
From journal Beautiful San Francisco in 2 Days
Orange County, California
March 30, 2002
In case you don't know, it's a very steep street that was built back in the 20's, in a back and forth, slow, one-way (down) direction. Thus, the stunning views of the city, the bay, and even the golden gate bridge (far away off in the corner), are accentuated.
The backside of Lombard Street, where you have to wait in line for your turn to go down the other side, is almost as steep going up as the famous other side is going down. In other words, manual or automatic, be good at working your rental's transmission.
Of course, after waiting about 20 minutes for our turn, we got to the very top to see people turning right in front of us from Leavenworth Street, so you may be able to use that as a way to get to the top instead.
Enjoy the pictures!
From journal San Francisco - Lots of Pictures!
August 17, 2004
From journal San Francisco is gorgeous!!!