Lombard Street is a famous street in San Francisco, California, known for its incredibly steep incline and a zigzag pattern of tight turns. It’s often referred to as the “crookedest street in the world.” Lombard Street is a major tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the globe who come to witness its unique design and stunning views of the city.
The street itself runs east-west between Hyde Street and Leavenworth Street in the Russian Hill neighborhood. The steepest part of Lombard Street, featuring the tight hairpin turns, is a one-block section between Hyde and Leavenworth. To make the steep grade manageable for vehicles, the street was transformed into a series of eight sharp turns, which were initially implemented in 1922. The road’s unique design was intended to reduce the grade and make it safer for cars to navigate.