When planning a sightseeing tour of San Francisco of your very own, Lombard Street is an indelible stop to make, and chartering a bus makes that even easier. Grab your group and climb aboard a coach bus, school bus, or minibus—depending on your needs—for a personalized trip.
This famously steep street in San Francisco, with its eight hairpin turns, is claimed to be “the crookedest street in the world”. It’s a famous attraction in the city, seeing upwards of as many as 17,000 visitors per day in the peak summer season. Built in 1922, its notorious design was made to reduce the hill’s original steep quality of a natural 27% grade; way too steep for most vehicles. Despite that discouraging quality, Lombard Street has been host to many car chase scenes in film like Bullitt starring Steve McQueen and Hitchcock’s Vertigo, in addition to being featured more somberly in popular television shows like Full House.
Lombard Street stretches from The Presidio in the east—a former U.S. military fort and part of the sprawling San Francisco Recreational Area—and The Embarcadero in the west, a reclaimed three mile-long stretch of seawall. Standing on its and looking down to the east provides a beautiful view of Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower.
Why charter a bus for Lombard Street
If Lombard Street isn’t enough of an indicator, keep in mind that San Francisco is a notoriously congested city when it comes to traffic. If you’re attempting to coordinate multiple people for a tour of San Francisco’s sights, Lombard Street included, chartering a bus is a great way to get around with groups both big and small. Enjoy the ease of parking nearby and taking your time to explore the street’s twists and turns.
With its convenient bayside location, Lombard Street is surrounded by several neighbourhoods that are worth visiting that are part of the 44 hills which make up San Francisco’s landscape. There’s Russian Hill, the Gold Rush-era locale named after the Russian cemetery at its heart; the affluent neighborhood of Cow Hollow and its dining and shopping strip Union Street; the Marina District, home to the Palace of Fine Arts and the attractive Chestnut Street with its restaurants, bars and cafés to visit; and let’s not forget the Michelin star-studded Nob Hill with its own share of art galleries and landmarks.
Finally, Lombard Street gives access to one of San Francisco’s beloved cable cars, specifically the Powell-Hyde cable car which stops at the top where Lombard intersects with Hyde Street.
San Francisco is a city that proudly celebrates its fast-paced zany culture with an incline for the out-of-ordinary, arts, fine wine, and outdoors activities. Brimming with museums, art galleries, hiking and camping spots, marathon races, vineyards, and breathtaking views of its hills, you’ll never run out of things to do and places to explore in San Francisco.