Lombard Street

Lombard Street featuring flowers and a garden
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Often incorrectly called the world’s crookedest street, this San Francisco roadway is an iconic spot to see, photograph and drive down.

A one-block section of Lombard Street shows the steepness of San Francisco’s hills in a unique way. The redbrick road makes eight hairpin turns as it goes downhill from Hyde Street to Leavenworth Street. See this famous spot, one of the beloved quirks of the City by the Bay.

As you’re driving down Lombard you’ll need to pay attention to the switchback curves and cars in front of you. Your passengers, however, can view the well-kept homes and gardens on both sides of the street. Walk up or down the sidewalks, actually steps, if you want to enjoy a leisurely look. These are private homes so you can’t see the interiors, but the exteriors are very well kept. Stop and smell the roses and other flowers of the small but nicely planted yards.

Note that car traffic is allowed in only one direction on Lombard Street: downhill. Because of the potential danger, the maximum speed limit is 5 miles per hour (8 kilometers per hour). If you have a passion for crookedness, look for the lesser-known but somewhat steeper and curvier section of Vermont Street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood too.

Find the most famous curving section of Lombard Street in the Russian Hill area. Drive or take the cable car to the upper Hyde Street intersection to look or ride down. Arrive at the Leavenworth Street intersection if you want to photograph or video cars coming down. For an interesting effect use your camera’s time-lapse function from the bottom at night to capture an endless stream of light from headlights of cars driving down.

Lombard Street actually extends much farther, with interesting points along its length. On the eastern end, pass Coit Tower to reach the Embarcadero wharf area. To the west, visit the Presidio area with its massive park, golf course, historic fort buildings and modern theaters. Lombard Street is a public road open at all times without any fee. However, be respectful of the residents along the road who suffer an endless stream of tourists driving past their homes for this crookedly unique experience.

Top Hotels Close to Lombard Street

The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
4 out of 5
495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $179 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 4-star historic hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (316 reviews)
"Very nice property"

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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is $219 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,877 reviews)
"PARKING was overrated very high priced, $57 parking fee. Website indicated $37. The breakfast buffet was awesome, however coffee no good."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Handlery Union Square Hotel
Handlery Union Square Hotel
3.5 out of 5
351 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $189 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,076 reviews)
"Vintage Hotel in the center of Union Square. Great location in the shopping district with nearly everything within walking distance. Anything else is a short Uber away. Exceptional staff. Wish rooms had a microwave and we had two double beds and needed queens. Fantastic stay."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Handlery Union Square Hotel
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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA, 94108
The price is $140 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is $219 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
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The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
4 out of 5
495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $179 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
Handlery Union Square Hotel
Handlery Union Square Hotel
3.5 out of 5
351 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $189 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
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The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is $219 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA
4 out of 5
50 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, 94103
The price is $175 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is $189 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
4 out of 5
345 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA, 94108
The price is $186 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
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Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109
The price is $161 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
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