It’s often said that the easiest way to move from point A to point B is in a straight line. But what if you are told that zig-zag is much more fun? You don’t believe it? Then you should definitely visit Lombard Street. This famous street in San Francisco, California is iconic for being different. This leisurely winding block of Lombard Street is called the "crookedest street in the world.” This street is very scenic, with its red-brick pavement and lovingly tended flowerbeds, which bloom in full colour 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. You can experience this twisty-turny road yourself in your San Francisco escapade. Named after Lombard Street in Philadelphia, this street wasn’t always equipped with eight tight turns. It was designed in 1922 to help combat the hill’s natural 27% grade, which, most vehicles at the time couldn’t handle. Today, driving down and navigating around the eight sharp turns are a “must-do” for anyone visiting San Francisco. During the busy summer weekends, more than 350 cars per hour drive down Lombard Street. This street draws thousands of visitors each year.
The angle of the street is so steep that the road has to snake back and forth to make a descent possible. The brick-lined street zigzags around the residences' bright flower gardens, which explode with color during warmer months. This short stretch of Lombard Street is one-way, downhill, and fun to drive. Take the curves slowly and in low gear, and expect a wait during the weekend. Save some space in your camera’s memory card for the bottom, where you can take a few snapshots of the spectacle. You can also take staircases (without curves) up or down on either side of the street. In truth, most locals don't understand what the fuss is all about but the draw is the combination of seeing such a famous landmark, the challenge of negotiating so many steep curves, and a classic photo op.
If you're coming to San Francisco this should be on your list of touristy things to do. San Francisco is an interesting place to drive and Lombard Street adds to that flavor. Here you will be freaked out in your car going over a hill and not being able to see the other side. Wonder how do they do those car chases in the movies? There is no way in real life a car could be going that fast over these hills. It must also be added that you haven't lived until you've parallel parked on a hill. It's not that hard but just weird and fun too. So add it to your list of things to do when you come to San Francisco.
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