It is called the crookedest street in the world. Situated in San Francisco, Lombard Street gets its nickname from the 8 closely placed hair-pin bends that make driving here quite an adventure.
Actually Lombard Street runs through 12 blocks but it owes its fame to a quarter mile stretch on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. History has it that this road came into being in 1922 and it came to be what it is now because this part of the hill was hardly motorable, given its steep slope. Today, this part of the road is a one-way that allows vehicles to only come down the hill.
When we visited Lombard Street, we were in a group tour, and since our van wouldn’t have been able to navigate the sharp turns, we walked down the hill using the walk-way on the left side of the winding road. The downhill walk was not as exciting as driving down but we did get to have a better view of the cars maneuvering the famous curves of the crookedest street.
If you visit this place and would rather walk down — remember — Hyde Street is a good place to start. The best place to take pictures (second only to aerial shots ) would be the lower end of the crooked street.