Saturday, April 09, 2011

Tourists

The last few weeks have been busy with constant guests coming from out of town, but this is one of the few tourist spots we actually visited.
Do you recognize this tourist spot in San Francisco?
It is Lombard Street or otherwise known as the "Crookedest Street in America" and probably the most traveled street in San Francisco by tourists.


Here are the dozen tourists at the bottom of the hill taking pictures.


At the top of the hill, you will see this sign right before the plunge downward.


This is a view of the city from the top of the hill.
Why the crooked street?
Because of the hill's 27% natural grade, back in 1922, they thought it was safer to design the road into a switchback formation and pave it with bricks.

For walkers, there are stairs with hand railing on both sides of the street.
Even being a native San Franciscan, this was my first time walking up and down those stairs. I was a tourist too!


- Karen

5 comments:

Sailor said...

This is very interesting. Though I've been in San Francisco never been to this spot. The Crookedest Streets looks really amazing and beautiful.

betchai said...

we drove down this street before for fun :) actually I walked since I was the one taking pictures :) I love the flowers on the side street here, and yeah, this is one very busy street

lina said...

This is one cool street. :)

llandudnopictures said...

It would be great to walk down this street. I thought it looked quiet until I saw the shot of all the tourists at the bottom!

Ryan said...

15 years ago I'd be flying down there on the old skateboard....ah the good ol days.