The Curviest Street in the World: San Francisco’s Lombard Street

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Lombard Street
San Francisco, California

{ Nikon D80 } – { 270 mm } – { f/5.6 } – { 1/400s exposure } – { ISO 100 }

A Childhood Memory of Lombard Street

I still remember driving down Lombard Street – the crookedest street in the World – on a family vacation to California and San Francisco when I was 7. There were so many turns and it seemed to go on forever…what a perfect addition to our road trip!

 Revisiting the Past with my Mom


Originally from New York City, I now call San Francisco home. So when my mother came out on her first trip to the West Coast since that family trip 20 years ago, I took her on a sightseeing tour of my new city. One of the highlights was taking the elevator to the top of Coit Tower and basking in the glow of a rare sunny day while checking out the 360 degree view of SF.

This photo of the day of Lombard Street was taken from Coit Tower at 300mm and then cropped a bit.

For some good info on Lombard Street, here’s Wikipedia.

Lombard Street is best known for the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being the crookedest [most winding] street in the world (though this title is contested).

Here’s the High-Resolution Photograph


  • “In an episode of Fact or Fiction on the Travel Channel, Jayms Ramirez measured the sinuosity of both Lombard and Vermont streets, and proved that Vermont is indeed more crooked (with a sinuosity of 1.56 versus 1.2 for Lombard Street)” from wiki

    • Humph! Who knew?! Well, I guess you did :P Thanks so much for sharing that interesting fact. I’ll be the majority of San Franciscans don’t know (or don’t want to admit) that fact.