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Lombard Street
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Lombard Street

Often incorrectly called the world’s crookedest street, this San Francisco roadway is an iconic spot to see, photograph and drive down.

A one-block section of Lombard Street shows the steepness of San Francisco’s hills in a unique way. The redbrick road makes eight hairpin turns as it goes downhill from Hyde Street to Leavenworth Street. See this famous spot, one of the beloved quirks of the City by the Bay.

As you’re driving down Lombard you’ll need to pay attention to the switchback curves and cars in front of you. Your passengers, however, can view the well-kept homes and gardens on both sides of the street. Walk up or down the sidewalks, actually steps, if you want to enjoy a leisurely look. These are private homes so you can’t see the interiors, but the exteriors are very well kept. Stop and smell the roses and other flowers of the small but nicely planted yards.

Note that car traffic is allowed in only one direction on Lombard Street: downhill. Because of the potential danger, the maximum speed limit is 5 miles per hour (8 kilometers per hour). If you have a passion for crookedness, look for the lesser-known but somewhat steeper and curvier section of Vermont Street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood too.

Find the most famous curving section of Lombard Street in the Russian Hill area. Drive or take the cable car to the upper Hyde Street intersection to look or ride down. Arrive at the Leavenworth Street intersection if you want to photograph or video cars coming down. For an interesting effect use your camera’s time-lapse function from the bottom at night to capture an endless stream of light from headlights of cars driving down.

Lombard Street actually extends much farther, with interesting points along its length. On the eastern end, pass Coit Tower to reach the Embarcadero wharf area. To the west, visit the Presidio area with its massive park, golf course, historic fort buildings and modern theaters. Lombard Street is a public road open at all times without any fee. However, be respectful of the residents along the road who suffer an endless stream of tourists driving past their homes for this crookedly unique experience.

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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €125 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...
3.8/5Good! (2,748 reviews)
"There was no ice in the ice machine on the 10th floor. No espresso, cappuccino or other fancy coffees available at the coffee/snack bar. The staff was very friendly and accommodating though!"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2021

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is €144 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,585 reviews)
"Perfect location for Pier 39. Nice place, cool outside sitting area with fire pits and even had one near the pool area. Rooms were spacious for SF. Bathroom is small, but not a big deal. Gym is nice and pool area is nice as well. Despite the $50 parking fee and resort fees, overall pricing isn’t ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is €148 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moscone Convention Center, Ferry Building and Oracle Park. Chase Center and Pier 39 are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,225 reviews)
"We were apprehensive about traveling post-Covid but the facility was exceptionally clean and well maintained. Close to shopping and restaurants. Easily accessible for Lyft/Uber and public transportation. The ladies is the lobby restaurant were friendly and very efficient. It was perfect for a light ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2021

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is €125 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is €144 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is €148 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
4 out of 5
345 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA
The price is €175 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
The price is €138 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
The price is €175 per night from 5 Jul to 5 Jul
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
4 out of 5
555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
The price is €155 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is €184 per night from 6 Jul to 6 Jul
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is €163 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
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