The Lombard Street is a one-of-a-kind road and a must-see site in San Francisco. This steep, vertically endowed street with varying gradient will definitely make your heart beat fast in a healthy, exciting way, whether you are driving or walking with an expert tour guide.
It is dubbed the “crookedest” road and one of the most famous in America. This hilly street famous for its eight very sharp curves that go down a one-way road creates a spectacular zig-zag that past through the stunning Victorian mansions, which are some of the most luxurious residences in the USA.
When the flowers found in the small part of this road are in full bloom in Spring and Summer, you will be stunned by the gorgeous assortment of bright, lively colors! The natural grade of the hill where the Lombard Street was built in early 1900s was an incredible 27 percent. This was too steep and dangerous for vehicles and even to pedestrians, bikes, as well as wheelchairs. Taken into consideration these hazards, the Lombard Street was remodelled and transformed to be the most crooked road in the world!
Ironically, the intricate curves made this 600-feet long street safer for people and one of the most famous places in the world! Drivers make their way down at the speed of five miles per hour! Driving at such ridiculously slow speed is actually enjoyable considering the beautiful flora, gorgeous mansions, and the spic-n-span sights you’ll see!
But what exactly can you do at the Lombard Street? First, you can take lots of scenic photographs to your heart’s content. When you’re standing at the bottom of the twisted part of the street looking up at the top, you’ll behold a breathtaking view of the snaky section of the street. On both sides, you’ll see stunning houses of famous residents which include Rowena Meeks Abdy an impressionist painter and the cast of The Real World San Francisco. When you’re on top of the hill, you’ll get a picturesque view of the city and a part of the beautiful Bay as you look down.
You’ll also enjoy the unique scenic drive down this hilly, curvy street. You can lean out your window and capture the experience on your video camera. Keep in mind though that this part of the road gets jam packed, especially during peak times. So expect to wait in line to take your turn in a vehicle.
The Lombard Street is also a great place to get some exercise. You can walk up or down the stairs situated on either side of this road. People often stop to catch their breath, but this scenic walk will probably be one of the best exercise you’ll get!
If you would like to explore the uniqueness, excitement, and the charm of this topsy curvy street contact Private Tours San Francisco to get the most enjoyable private tour in San Francisco.
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