I drove Lombard Street back in the early 80s - had a USN tech school at Mare Island, and we drove to either San Fran or Sacremento on alternate weekends. Driving it in my '75 Firebird was pretty cool.
We caught Chinese New Year in SF's Chinatown - that was AWESOME! BUT..... it's definitely best to park outside then walk into Chinatown - their streets are actually huge walkways - a reall bummer to try driving with all the people!
Pier 39, Alcatraz Island.... lots to see and do there. Great place to visit.
But you could NOT pay me enough to live in sunny California today.......