Cars were honking. Kids were laughing. I was gasping. How were they doing that? This was not a street I would ever want to drive down and yet there was a line-up of cars patiently waiting their turn to drive down the most famous street in all of San Francisco. We had made it to Lombardo Street.
After a gruelling walk up eight leg aching blocks, we had reached the top of the “cookedest street in world”. Now we stood in wonder as we watched car after car slowly navigate their way down to the very bottom of this infamous road.
We snapped a few pictures from the top. Then made the walk down along the pedestrians sidewalk along the side to the very bottom of this crooked avenue. The walk on the way down was much easier.
We watched in awe as cars navigated the eight hair pin turn required to get to the bottom. Amazing how one can stand in awe of a road! The avenue is dotted all the way down by residential homes-complete with driveways and beautiful gardens. A bit of a shock as I can’t imagine living in one of those homes where people are always standing in your drive trying to grab pictures of one of the most famous streets in the world.
As we reached the end, time for just a couple more pictures and we could firmly check one more item off that travel bucket list. It doesn’t’ take long to visit Lombard street, but it’s defiently worth the climb.
Insider Tip: If you don’t want to walk all the way to the top of that gruelling hill you can take the Hyde Street Cable Car to within just a couple of blocks and walk from there. If you are arriving by car and want to try and drive Lombard Street check your map before you go. To drive you must arrive from Van Ness, turning east on Lombard. An illegal turn onto Lombard is a very big ticket.
Lombardo Street is a must when visiting San Fransisco.