San Francisco is smaller than most people think; square in shape, and around 7 miles long each side. Popular tourist sites are in a smaller area that makes them easy to get to, so exploring this beautiful city is largely down to you and how you want to enjoy it. There are amazing restaurants, a vibrant arts scene, outdoor recreation, and much more. It’s also famous for its fog, which locals have named Karl, and this is heaviest in June and July.
If you want to have the best time here, read on!
When To Visit
It isn’t always hot, despite what people think. It rains in the winter but rarely the rest of the year.
April and October have clear skies and moderate temperature - although you will want to bring layers. Sometimes, Karl can make things a little chilly. Spring and fall are not hectic when it comes to tourists, but summer is packed with tourists, so be aware of this if you don’t want to have to fight your way around tourist attractions.
How Long To Visit?
If you have planned a weekend getaway you could fit in the golden gate park, a bay cruise where you sail around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge (or somewhere else of your choosing), and a walk at crissy field. There are many day trips where you can take a walking tour of a neighborhood if you have another day to spare, and you can try people watching, as well as a visit to angel island. Below we have an outline of what there is to see and do:
Union Square - Popular shopping area.
Chinatown - A cultural mix that's worth a visit.
Fisherman's Wharf - Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square.
Haight-Ashbury - the intersection of Haight streets near Golden Gate Park. A fun place to shop with cool stores.
Japantown - Small but interesting.
Golden Gate Park - home to some great museums, gardens, a Dutch windmill, a herd of buffalo and more.
The Art Scene
San Francisco is famed for the art scene, so you should take an art tour if you have time. Try a walking tour of Mission Street’s famous murals. The neighborhood is colored with vibrant tapestries and graffiti that brings parking lots and alleyways to life.
Picking Somewhere To Stay
When you have an idea of what you want to do and see, you should pick a hotel that is near to the things you really want to see.Hotels near the airport can be a bit cheaper, such as the San Francisco Airport hotel. Make sure you read reviews and testimonials and that the hotel has all of the amenities you need. Check out transport links, too.
Don’t call it San Fran. Or Frisco. Just no.
Uber is the easiest way to get from place to place.
Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking if you really want to explore.
Where will you go in San Francisco? Leave your thoughts below!