For those seeking out San Francisco's OMG hills, Lombard Street is the mother lode. Situated between Hyde and Leavenworth streets sits the famous and whimsical red-brick slope with eight switchback turns. The one-way street (from Hyde down), generously sprinkled with flowers and manicured greenery, wends through the well-to-do Russian Hill neighborhood, past gorgeous Victorian homes. Built in 1922, it was designed to allow cars to navigate the steep grade. Prepare for bumper-to-bumper traffic when driving down the hill (go slowly), or avoid the wait and walk down, or up, the staircases that flank the block. (Take the Hyde Street Cable Car and get off at the crest.) The best place to take pictures is from the bottom of the hill. This "crookedest" street is quintessential SF at its best.
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