Lombardo Street – What To Know Before You Go

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.


  1. kathy downey says:

    Oh my that road is crazy! Love it !

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Been there and driven down Lombardo Str., which was a very slow drive I might add. I wouldn’t like to live on this street, despite the nice houses and gardens. Just nipping to the local shop must be exhausting with that steep climb back home lugging all your shopping with you.

  3. Treen Goodwin says:

    Thant looks so cool , but i bet its a bit crazy , lol ,thanks for sharing , it just looks like a great place 🙂

  4. I’ve heard of this road! Looks pretty neat, I’m happy just to walk it instead of drive it, lol 😉

  5. Oh wow! This is really cool and I love your tips. I would love to go here and will definitely keep this in mind when I go. Thank you for writing the article. 🙂

  6. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    That is the coolest street I’ve never seen…& the weirdest.

  7. I have never heard of this street before but it looks wild! Are those homes lining the street? I can’t imagine living there!

  8. Judy Cowan says:

    That is one crazy street but the landscaping around it is beautiful!

  9. Melinda Jana says:

    we enjoyed walking from the top down, lots of crazy drivers attempted this street

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