Lombard Street - sightseeing places in san francisco
Sometimes all it take to make a road famous are eight, tight hairpin turns. This one way street was designed in this manner to compensate for the steep incline (27 degrees) of the hill it’s on. Traffic on the hairpin area is reserved for eastbound or downhill travellers. The street has received much attention in popular media such as in Alfred Hitchock’s Vertigo, the Simpsons, and an episode of Myth Busters Among Others.
1] Restaurant Gary Danko
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It's definitely a unique experience driving down this steep road with eight tight hairpin turns. Be aware of fellow tourists though, there are so many of them I wonder how residence cope with the traffic around that area.
There's something about a street so steep they had to make it snake down instead, it gets in your head.
You see the busloads of tourists walking up the hill to stand at the top - where they'll wander into the middle of the street to photograph Coit Tower, Alcatraz, the Transamerica Pyramid, the cars decending Lombard; you see the line-up of cars waiting to wind their way down, and even though you've rented an apartment 2 blocks down and you *know* there are other ways to get home, you are compelled to drive down the curvy part of Lombard.
How can you not?