Day 11 (part 2): Lombard Street

We spent about a month this summer on a 7,957-mile road trip across the country, from the Washington, D.C., area to California and back. I began posting privately about the trip while we were gone. I have kept the original dates on the posts I began writing earlier, but now I’m updating with photos and making them public. Day 11 was July 13; we had arrived in San Francisco the afternoon before and walked across the Golden Gate Bridge on the morning of July 13. Then we took a quick tour around the city before heading out.

From the Golden Gate Bridge, we caught a cab back to our hotel. And we lucked out with our cab driver; she suggested giving us a quick tour of Lombard Street and a few other areas we hadn’t been able to visit in our less than 24 hours in the city. (I know. You’re thinking, “Of course, she suggested it. She wanted to make as much money as possible off you.” Yes, but it was well worth the money. We had not had time to visit much of the city beyond Fisherman’s Wharf, and welcomed the chance to be taken on a quick drive around town. As I’ve said, I used to live in the Bay Area, but my husband had been there only once, and my son never had. This gave them a chance to see some other parts of the San Francisco.)

Lombard Street, in the Russian Hill neighborhood, is known as the “crookedest street in the world,” and is famous for its steep, one-block section that has eight hairpin turns. We had talked about wanting to visit Lombard Street bu,t had not wanted to brave the traffic. And it was great to have someone who was not us doing the driving, so we could just enjoy the sites.

We had her drop us off at Ghirardelli Square, only a couple blocks from the hotel, so we could buy some of the chocolate we had visited there the day before. We gave her a really big tip. Then we walked back to the hotel and headed north, up the coast, toward Redwood National Park.

We did not ride a cable car on this trip. We just weren’t in town long enough this time.

A view from the top, with Coit Tower and the Bay Bridge in the distance.

Near the top of Lombard Street, as come around one of its eight hairpin turns.

Another view of the twists and turns of Lombard Street.

Looking up from the bottom of the hill.

Leaving San Francisco for points north.

The Great American Road Trip, So Far

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