Lombard Street, San Francisco

Lombard Street, San Francisco (must see)

Lombard Street is reckoned to be one of the most crooked streets in the world, which is far from actuality. Nevertheless, the 8 turns on a 4-degree slope do make one feel that it is, indeed, the steepest.

Year after year Lombard Street manages to get its share of visitors who are awed by its scenic beauty and marvel at its natural strangeness. The zig-zag pattern of the Street makes it quite an experience when you take a ride up or down the Lombard.

Even though walking or cycling down the Lombard Street may instill a sense of immediate vertigo, which may be dangerous at times, the reason for the crooked form of this street, surprisingly, is safety. The natural grading of the land is very steep and is a safety risk. The zig-zag pattern reduces the effect of the steepness of the slope, making it easy to ply on. It was suggested in 1920 for the scenic switchbacks to be added to the area in order to bring to a certain appeal to the surroundings.

Although the zig-zag street itself may be the reason to visit the place, a lesser known fact about Lombard Street is that it houses some of the most magnificent mansions in San Francisco. Apart from that, the Montandon House has also earned a reputation for being a "haunted building".

Why You Should Visit:
Check it off the bucket list!

Tip:
You can get here by car, cable car or walking. Around 10 AM is the best time due to less crowd and sunshine on street. It's nice to start at the top and look down then walk/drive down and look up. Not only is it a lot easier, but if you carry on down the road, it leads to Coit Tower.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Lombard Street on Map

Sight Name: Lombard Street
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour II  

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