San Francisco’s “Crookedest Street” at Lombard Street!

Lombard street IS the “Crookedest Street” in San Francisco and many local residents are annoyed by it. Because of the name “Crookedest Street” (who wouldn’t visit?!), Lombard Street has become one of the main tourist attractions in San Francisco – with it, tonnes of tourists and locals visiting each day!

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“Crookedest Street” in San Francisco Lombard Street


How Lombard Street became the “Crookedest Street” in San Francisco

Well, Lombard Street has become the crookedest street in San Francisco simply because it has a very steep gradient. While many streets in San Francisco are steep, Lombard Street has a gradient which was deemed unsafe for traffic. To reduce the inclination of Lombard Street, a series of winding road was created so that cars could “snake” down Lombard Street without toppling over on a really steep road. Do note that Lombard Street is a one way street that starts at Leavenworth Street to the east and ends at Hyde Street to the west.

 View from the top of Lombard Street - The Crookedest Street in San Francisco
View from the top of Lombard Street – The Crookedest Street in San Francisco

As a result of this kind consideration for drivers and pedestrians, it has unknowingly created one of the most visited free attraction in San Francisco. Because of this, large numbers of visitors throng the streets of Lombard EVERY SINGLE DAY! As a result, you may see some of the residents posting things like “This is not the crookedest or steepest street in San Francisco” (they usually never state which is) in Tripadvisor or some travel forums. So the “kind consideration” has become an inconsiderate thing for the residents of Lombard Street…

 Lombard Street San Francisco's Crookedest Street
Lombard Street San Francisco’s Crookedest Street attracting tonnes of visitors daily


Other views from the Crookedest Street in San Francisco – Lombard Street

 Queues of car heading up to Lombard Street - Took us some effort to climb up the street!
Queues of car heading up to Lombard Street – Took us some effort to climb up the street!

 Coit Tower and Bay Bridge San Francisco
Coit Tower and Bay Bridge San Francisco

 Alcatraz Federal Prison seen at the top of Lombard Street - Crookedest Street in San Francisco
Alcatraz Federal Prison seen at the top of Lombard Street – Crookedest Street in San Francisco

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Crookedest Street in San Francisco Lombard Street
Crookedest Street in San Francisco Lombard Street

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Whether you’re taking shots from the top or bottom of Lombard Street, you’ll definitely find many good spots to capture this “Crookedest Street” in San Francisco! Don’t be fooled by comments that it is not because Lombard Street IS the Crookedest Street in all of San Francisco!

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