2014-11-14

Lombard Street, San Francisco | The Most Curviest Road in the World

Lombard Street is the title of the winding streets of the planet. It is located in San Francisco, California, USA, it is also the most visited by tourists, as included in all tourist routes of the city. Lombard Street  is famous for a small section near the top of Russian Hill, between Hyde and Leavenworth streets. Here the hill is so steep (27°) that it would be too dangerous for most vehicles, so between 1922 and 1923 this part of Lombard Street was transformed into a switchback with eight sharp turns. Cars can only drive downhill, east-bound towards Leavenworth Street.

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Lombard Street, Winding road in San Francisco


To create an incredible design Lombard Street in 1922 proposed a certain Karl Henry, in order to smooth the strong slope of the hill on which later was located street.  Even though Lombard Street is billed as the crookedest street in the world, it is not even the most crooked or steepest street in San Francisco. The steepest street is Filbert street with a 31.5° slope while Vermont Avenue at 20th Street claims to be the most crooked. And Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa, has even sharper turns. But all this doesn't matter for Lombard Street: it is the most photogenic of them all, especially in the spring and summer when the many chrysanthemums in the well tended flowerbeds are in full bloom. 

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Lombard Street in San Francisco


Thanks to Karl, and many gardeners, and of course, the financing of the city authorities Lombard Street has become not only the most-presamoy winding streets, but also one of the most beautiful. On each side of the serpentine, lined with red brick, planted trees and flowers, shrubs neatly decorated. In the summer and spring, when all the vegetation is green and blooming, here is particularly wonderful.

Curviest Road in San Francisco


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