Snake Alley - A Very Crooked Street
Snake Alley battles San Francisco's Lombard Street for the title of "World's Crookedest Street." Snake Alley's block-long serpentine switchback -- seven curves over 275 feet -- was built by the town's German founders in 1894 as an experimental street design (and as a shortcut downhill to Burlington's business district).
Snake Alley is still paved with cobblestones, with an old timey entrance sign and replica Victorian lampposts.
Scientifically calibrated testing by our team (ping pong balls and a stopwatch) revealed less switchbacks, a more gradual incline, and much, much less traffic than the always-congested Lombard Street.
Because of occasional ice, Snake Alley is closed to car traffic during the winter months with a chain across its entrance.