Lombard Street – The Straight Skinny On The Most Crooked Street

You probably know that San Francisco is home to Lombard Street — known as the "crookedest street in the world". This one-block stretch on Russian Hill, between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, takes cars on eight razor-sharp hairpin turns along a cobblestone roadway. But, did you know you can take a tour that lets you ride a Segway down this crazy curvilinear crescent?

Or, you can drive your car to to the top and wait your turn to slalom down this challenging course. It's like an urban roller coaster ride. One theory of the origin of the curves is they were carved into the steep hill in the 1920's so that horses could negotiate their way to the top. It's just as much fun to enjoy Lombard street on foot — you'll have time to admire the famous footpath, the architecture, the views and the gardens along the way.

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Crooked Street Segway Tour

Crooked Street Segway Tour

This challenging Segway tour has you scooting up Russian Hill and down Lombard Street, gliding through North Beach, Little Italy, and cruising along the waterfront. It's hard to have more fun on two wheels than this!

One caveat — you must be a seasoned Segway rider with at least one tour under your belt in the past two years. The narrated Lombard Street Tour takes you from Fisherman's Wharf to the zig-zag corners of Lombard Street, Coit Tower and the tippy top of Telegraph Hill.

A little less challenging, but as much fun, is the Segway tour of the San Francisco Waterfront.

Haas-Lilienthal House

Haas-Lilienthal House

In the Lombard Street neighborhood is this classic Queen Anne-style Victorian house that was built in 1886 and captures the majesty of the period.

The Haas-Lilienthal House is completely restored to period grandeur and is furnished with authentic and detailed touches including gables and a corner tower. There are tours available, conducted by expert guies, the give you an overview of Victorian architecture found throughout San Francisco and you learn about the history of the house as well as the family who built it.

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San-Francisco-In-One-Day City Tour

San-Francisco-In-One-Day City Tour

Speaking of tours, here is some serious sightseeing for those who want to see it all! Start with a cruise across the Bay to the pretty village of Sausalito. After shopping and lunch you're driven across the Golden Gate Bridge, with time for photos at the vista point.

Next stop is Lombard Street where you zig and zag down the world-famous hill. Best part — someone else is doing the driving, you can simply enjoy the view. After winding your way down the crookedest street, you head to Chinatown for a cultural walk through the historic streets.

But you're not done yet! Jump on the ferry to Alcatraz, where you explore this favorite San Francisco landmark and listen to an audio tour while you inspect the eerie cell blocks.

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