Lombard Street is San Francisco-- and America's crookedest street. Located in the Russian Hill district, Lombard Street is known as "the crookedest street in the world" because of its eight sharp turns on a 40-degree slope. The turns, known as switchbacks, were built in the 1920s to allow traffic to descend the steep incline. The street zigzags around beautiful flowers and shrubs and offers a nice view of the bay. There are stairways (without curves) on either side of the street for pedestrians. The descent begins at Hyde Street.
The steep, hilly street was created with sharp curves to switchback down the one-way hill past beautiful Victorian mansions. Some of the classiest and most expensive Real Estate in the city exists on Lombard Street. This Russian Hill neighborhood somehow possesses stately mansions, condos, and townhouses, even with the endless array of tourists pouring down the street every day. In the spring and through the entire summer, Lombard Street is alive with color, as the chrysanthemums, and other well tended flowers are in full bloom.
The best place to photograph the street is from Leavenworth Street, at the bottom - looking up. You will see cars headed down slowly, people walking up, and down the sides, while the flowers and buildings provide dazzling color. It is truly an incredible sight.