What is the best way to get to Lombard Street in San Francisco?

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Maria Hunt

San Francisco’s Lombard Street, which is reputed to be the most crooked street in the world, is easy to reach by public transportation or car.

The winding, red brick section of Lomard Street is between Hyde and Leavenworth streets in the Russian Hill neighborhood. Apparently, the 8 switchback turns were added to Lomabrd Street in 1922, in order to make the ¼-mile secton of the street safer for vehicle traffic.

The Powell-Hyde cable car drops you off at the top of Lombard Street so you can walk down. You can also drive down the one-way street, but you may have to wait a while for your turn — especially during the busy tourist season.  Standing at the top, you can get interesting photos of all the traffic coming up Lomard Street, especially at dusk. But taking a photo from the bottom allows you to capture Lombard Street's zigs and zags.

Kimberley Lovato

Lombard is located between Hyde Street (top) and Leavenworth Street (bottom). The best way to see Lombard Street is from Leavenworth, looking up. Here you can watch a stream of cards descend what is sometimes called the "Crookedest Street in San Francisco." Not true but still fun to see. Of course you can walk up and down on the steep sidewalks flanking Lombard.

Or take the Powell-Hyde Cabel Car which stops at the top of Lombard Street. 

Katie Sweeney

Lombard is San Francisco's most famous street. Although most of the street, which runs from the East to the West and starts in the Presidio, is used everyday by natives, the steep tourist part of Lombard is just one block long.

Starting at Hyde Street and extending down to Leavenworth Street, this one-way section of Lombard is known as the "world's most crookedest street" (but alas, it is not really the most crooked street in the world). It has eight tight hairpin turns that must be taken very slowly by car. On both sides of the street are steep stairways instead sidewalks.

The views surrounding Lombard and Hyde Streets are spectacular, so it's definitely worth visiting. The best way to get to the top of Lombard Street is to take the cable car. The Powell-Hyde line brings riders to the top of the crooked segment of the street. Hop out, snap some photos, and slowly walk down to North Beach.

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