San Francisco

San Francisco’s cosmopolitan feel and somewhat European charm make it one of the most popular stops in the USA.

Located along the northern Californian coastline, the weather here can be a little less sunny and generally colder compared to the southern parts. September and October are considered the most reliable months for a visit. Famous for the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, San Francisco will occupy you for at least a few days, but its friendly atmosphere and diverse suburbs will probably keep you longer than you intended to.

A photo by Lili Popper.

San Francisco is awash in fun activities for practically everybody. Events and happenings in everybody’s favorite city are always changing. The local visitors’ bureau has a really good events calendar, with information about what’s currently going on in town. Alternatively, try the Fisherman’s Wharf website for a list of everything happening at the city’s most popular tourist attraction.

Don’t forget to check on which days museums offer discounted entrance, or are hosting special events such as film festivals or parties!

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San Francisco can be downright cold at some times. Because it’s right on the bay the temperature stays about the same all year round. Even in the summer, a thick jacket is needed in the evenings if you’re going to walk around. September and October are normally the more stable months with the highest chance of dry and sunny weather.

Temperatures during the summer peak at 21 °C on average

The months of May through September are dry with temperatures during the summer to peak at 21 °C on average and with an average low of about 10 °C. From November through March, rain is a common occurrence with mild winter temperatures at an average low of 7 °C and peaking at about 15 °C. Snowfall is extremely rare in San Francisco, as is frost. Fog can be a problem year round, reducing visibility sometimes for days.