Warning -- sharp curves ahead! This is a fascinating Priceonomics piece about the Steepest Streets in San Francisco, along with lots of infographics. Take a look. We wonder how the cars and trolleys stay glued to the roads!
Lombard St., San Francisco Lombard Street in San Francisco is one of America's crookedest streets and found on many tours. The steep, hilly street was created with sharp curves to switchback down the one-way hill past beautiful Victorian mansions. If not for the byzantine curves, easing out this treacherous slope, people could be killed rolling down.
San Francisco, CA - Because of the 27% grade, Lombard Street, between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, was constructed with sharp curves to switchback down the one-way hill which was too steep for both pedestrians and cars.
San Francisco California Lombard Street in San Francisco is one of America's crookedest streets. The steep hilly street was created with sharp curves to switchback down the one-way hill past beautiful Victorian mansions. For an idea of how steep this street really is go two blocks up to Filbert Street and peer down over the ridge. Lombard is even steeper. Photo cred @sh00tr74 Do you also have amazing travel stories to share with our community? Send us your favorite shot and Instagram…
The best way to visit Lombard Street is by cable car that will drop you off at the top of Lombard Street. A walk down the street with its sharp switchbacks is an experience that offers rewards, as you reach the bottom and look up towards the top of Lombard Street, to get a real appreciation of its steepness and extreme curves. The bottom of Lombard Street is popular with photographers looking to capture the ultimate shot of the crooked, hilly street.
Getting there: From Colorado Springs, take Highway 115 south to Florence. Turn north onto Highway 67 (Pies Peak Ave.) from Main Street Florence, and follow this until it turns into a dirt road. This road will wind all the way through the canyon, spitting you out in Victor. It is well maintained, but contains sharp curves and steep drops off the edge. It is open to two-way traffic, but is wide enough in places for only one car.
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