Lombard Street

#24 in Best Things To Do in San Francisco
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Lombard St.

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Free
24/7 daily

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Fans of zigging and zagging and charming thoroughfares will appreciate Lombard Street, an exceptionally crooked street in northern San Francisco. Victorian mansions line the street, while beautiful flowers and landscaped shrubbery fill the space between its eight switchbacks. While the road runs from east to west for the length of the city, the portion between Hyde and Leavenworth streets is the section worth exploring.

Travelers can walk along each direction of Lombard Street, or opt to drive down it instead. The top of this iconic road boasts stellar views, though recent travelers still express mixed opinions on whether the heavily trafficked street warrants a visit. One tip travelers recommend: Taking the cable car to the attraction, which stops at the top of the hill (at the intersection of Hyde and Lombard streets). From the elevated view, you can gaze at the winding street as automobiles queue up for the quick drive down. You'll find Lombard Street just south of Fisherman's Wharf; it's free to visit.

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#1 Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge's vaulting, orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay have made it one of the West Coast's most enduring symbols and the city's most popular tourist attraction. The bridge's name, "Golden Gate," actually refers to the body of water it spans (the Golden Gate Strait that connects the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay), and was built to make travel between San Francisco and Marin County an easier feat. 

There are plenty of great spots to capture a snap of the majestic bridge. But if you want a truly postcard-worthy shot, head to the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point, situated high on a hill overlooking San Francisco. If you have extra time, make sure to explore the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The actual span of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area encompasses multiple places in San Mateo (south of San Francisco), San Francisco and Marin Counties (Alcatraz and Muir Woods included), but notable parts of this recreation area can be found just a stroll away from the Golden Gate. From the bridge, travelers will find some scenic, bayside trails, some of which lead to secluded beaches, including Kirby Cove and Black Sands Beach. If you really want a trek, journey to the Point Bonita Lighthouse for sweeping views of the bay, found at the very tip of the Golden Gate Strait.

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