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Lombard Street
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Lombard Street featuring flowers and a garden

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

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $132 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,423 reviews)
"Hotel was great except for the thin walls. We can hear footsteps and conversation from the other room."

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $155 per night from May 21 to May 21
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moscone Convention Center, Ferry Building, and Oracle Park. Chase Center and Pier 39 are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,246 reviews)
"Wonderful place very nice people ! Will definitely be staying here every time we come on vacation to San Francisco"

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $119 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street, and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...
3.8/5Good! (2,615 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
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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
The price is $132 per night from May 24 to May 24
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $155 per night from May 21 to May 21
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $119 per night from May 19 to May 19
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
The price is $129 per night from May 31 to May 31
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
The Park Central San Francisco – Hyatt affiliated hotel
The Park Central San Francisco – Hyatt affiliated hotel
4 out of 5
50 3rd St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $140 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
The Park Central San Francisco – Hyatt affiliated hotel
Club Quarters Hotel in San Francisco
Club Quarters Hotel in San Francisco
4 out of 5
424 Clay St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $109 per night from May 24 to May 24
Club Quarters Hotel in San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
4 out of 5
555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $139 per night from May 20 to May 20
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
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
The price is $121 per night from May 31 to May 31
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
1250 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA
The price is $149 per night from May 19 to May 19
Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.