This leisurely winding block of Lombard Street is called the "crookedest street in the world.” Truthfully, though, Vermont Street in Potrero Hill deserves this accolade, but Lombard is much more scenic, with its red-brick pavement and lovingly tended flowerbeds, which bloom in full color during the warmer months. The angle is steep, for sure, so much so that the road has to zig-zag back and forth to make descending it possible.
Still, Lombard Street is fun to go down. If you drive, take the curves slowly and in low gear. If you’re walking, take staircases (without curves) up or down on either side of the street. Bring a camera, not only for picturesque view from the top, but also view looking up from the bottom.
Very good expereince. Paul (our last guide) was the absolute best. He was personable and played music along with his information about the city.
The first driver who was both driver and tour guide on an open toped van/bus was very rude and didn't inform us where/if we could get off for stops at Lombard and Coit Tower. Slowed down only. Wish I could remember h is name. (but he may not have given it)
Best segway tour ever! Our guide, Marie, was informative, funny, and full of energy. It was our first activity upon arriving in San Francisco, and it gave us a good overview of the city in a short time. And going down Lombard Street on a Segway is the only way to go!
Review by Janette D, August 2011
Doing what: San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour
Great value for the price of a 2 day ticket, we found this was the ideal way to get an overall view of the area and we completed the full circle first and then selected specific areas that we wanted to explore in depth.
Obviously the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, highly recommend The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio, Pier 39 of course, Lombard Street and the Cable Car ride from Union Square to Fishermans Wharf just blew me away.
Choices of shopping and eating places was great along Fishermans Wharf.
The trip over to Alcatraz was very good and informative - NEVER go to San Francisco without booking this in advance or you wont get to go to the rock. Do not let the rain and fog stop you either.
This block of Lombard Street is located in Nob Hill, between Hyde and Leavenworth streets and a block away from Russian Hill and its pretty garden stairway. Lombard Street is easily accessible by bus and the Powell-Hyde cable car, which links to Fisherman’s Wharf attractions. Nearby Nob Hill attractions include Diego Rivera Gallery, Grace Cathedral, and the Cable Car Museum.