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Discovering Lombard Street: San Francisco's Iconic Crooked Wonder

Unraveling the History, Fun Facts, and Essential Tips for Exploring the Charming Quirks of Lombard Street, The Crookedest Street in the World.

Lombard Street, famously dubbed the “Crookedest Street in the World,” isn’t just a quirky road; it’s a quintessential San Francisco experience. From its winding turns to its picturesque surroundings, here’s everything you need to know about this iconic landmark.

A Twisty Tale: The History of Lombard Street

Built in the 1920s, Lombard Street’s winding design wasn’t just for show—it was a safety measure. The steep grade of the natural terrain was deemed too perilous for vehicles and pedestrians alike. Thus, the idea of zigzagging turns was born, not only enhancing the street’s charm but also ensuring safer passage.

Fun Facts About Lombard Street

  1. While Lombard Street holds the title of the “Crookedest Street in the World,” it’s not actually the most crooked in San Francisco. That honor goes to Vermont Street in Potrero Hill.
  2. The Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race, an Easter Sunday tradition, started on Lombard Street before relocating to Vermont Street.
  3. It wasn’t until the 1960s, three decades after its construction, that Lombard Street gained fame and began appearing on postcards.
  4. The street’s beauty truly blossomed with the addition of hydrangea bushes, which now bloom nearly year-round.
  5. Despite its association with San Francisco, Lombard Street’s name has no connection to the city; it’s named after a street in Philadelphia.
  6. The curves of Lombard Street offer stunning views of Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, and the San Francisco Bay, making it a must-visit spot for photographers and sightseers.

Helpful Hints for Lombard Street Visitors

  1. Avoid visiting during rush hour and peak commuting times to respect the residents who call Lombard Street home.
  2. Show consideration for the neighborhood’s residents by refraining from trespassing on private property or making excessive noise.

Good to Know

  1. Pedestrians should stay vigilant and watch out for cars, as drivers navigate the tight turns and may veer onto sidewalks.

Whether you’re marveling at its architectural ingenuity, snapping photos of its scenic beauty, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll down its winding path, Lombard Street offers a delightful blend of history, charm, and spectacle. So, the next time you find yourself in San Francisco, don’t forget to take a detour to the “Crookedest Street in the World” and experience its enchanting

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