San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a major city in California, the centerpiece of the Bay Area, well-known for its liberal community, hilly terrain, Victorian architecture, scenic beauty, summer ... more

San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a major city in California, the centerpiece of the Bay Area, well-known for its liberal community, hilly terrain, Victorian architecture, scenic beauty, summer fog, and great ethnic and cultural diversity. These are only a few of the aspects of the city that make San Francisco one of the most visited cities in the world.

San Francisco has a mild climate, with cool, wet winters and dry summers. In most months, you can expect the high temperature to be in the upper 50s, 60s or low 70s degrees Fahrenheit (between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius). However, these mild temperature readings belie a unique climate not shared by other major cities in the state or country.

Summer days usually start out under fog, slowly burning off towards the ocean into a sunny albeit windy afternoon. Measureable precipitation during the summer months is rare, although light drizzle is possible. Humidity is very constant, but rarely uncomfortable. At late afternoon, when the fog and wind returns people generally find themselves needing a jacket (and this is summer!). There are some days when the fog lingers all day.

In the winter, the rainy season is in full swing. That being said, the chances for a calm, windless, sunny day are actually higher in the winter than in the summer! However, the overall temperatures are going to be lower in the winter.

Spring and fall are not so much seasons in themselves in San Francisco, but rather they are quick transitional periods with some days resembling summer and others the winter. Fall in particular is a good time to visit because the summer wind & fog has mostly gone, but the rainy season has not yet started. The late summer month of September, as summer transitions into fall, is the warmest and driest month of the entire year for San Francisco. Heat waves can occasionally occur around this time of year.

Perhaps the most recognizable landmark in San Francisco and one of the most famous bridges in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge, spanning the Golden Gate, has been called one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and is the first thing you see of San Francisco if driving in from the north, as it is one of the major road routes into and out of the city. Overlooking the Golden Gate is the Presidio, a former military post with beautiful architecture and a very scenic park setting. Within the Presidio is the gorgeous Palace of Fine Arts, built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition and reminiscent of Roman and Greek architecture.

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Masa’s restaurant showcases the latest techniques and creations in California French cuisine elevated to new heights by Executive Chef Gregory Short. Expert wine pairings and offerings from Master Sommelier Alan Murray, this combination of talent an...

The food is a unique blend of Yemenese Arabic Cuisine and boundary pushing California cuisine with French hints mixed in for good measure. The space is secluded and intimate, perfect for a romantic dinner. 

Acquerello envelops guests in a warm and gracious atmosphere the moment they arrive. A recent renovation of the 22-year old restaurant, led by designer John Wheatman, highlights the former chapel, graced with arches and a rustic wood-beamed vaulted ...

Our daily changing menus are inspired by seasonal organic ingredients and incorporate traditional regional French and Italian cuisine. Nearly all of the produce, meat, and fish is farmed or harvested in a sustainable manner.

A small, intimate space that doesn't take reservations, the Alembic invites you to come early and stay late at this Haight Street hotspot. It's already renowned for its cocktails, from the New Orleans Sazerac to the South American Pisco Sour, but ju...

  The award-winning restaurant GARY DANKO is moving into its seventh year with a flourish. The restaurant has received its sixth Five Star rating from Mobil as well as a Relais & Chateau designation, and reviews continue to extol its delights. A...

  A charming, family run restaurant with cotton-candy clouds painted on sky-blue walls, chef Roland Passot serves generous portions of astoundingly good food. You simply can't err when you order from Passot's exuberant but disciplined menu. ...

  nopa is a San Francisco gathering place north of the Panhandle, serving urban rustic food and specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine. We serve simple food created with seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors. This philosophy ...

Delfina is a bustling, James Beard Award-winning neighborhood trattoria in San Francisco’s Mission District, owned by Anne and Craig Stoll.

Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the longest running musical revue in theatre history. Hailed as "a constant cascade of showstoppers" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey a...

San Francisco’s oldest and grandest nightclub, the Great American Music Hall carries guests back to an earlier, more elegant era, with its ornate balconies, soaring marble columns and elaborate ceiling frescoes. Long-time customers and newcomers ali...

Bourbon & Branch is a glimpse back on the 1920's and the era of Prohibition when the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverage was outlawed. You'll experience the ambiance of that time in an actual speakeasy that operated illegally at this location...

The walls are covered with the work of local photographers and painters, and jazz on Sundays always draws an eclectic and friendly crowd. Sushi Tuesday is quickly becoming a staple classic. 

  The Wild Side West is a truly San Franciscan establishment. Opened in 1962 by out and proud lesbians, Pat Ramseyer and Nancy White, every night is a blend of lesbians, locals, eclectic art and neighborhood sports bar.   On any given ni...

The Hemlock Tavern is located in San Francisco's Tenderloin featuring live music most nights of the week in it's separate music room and an all-around laid back atmosphere

Hotel Biron is not an official hotel per se, but after perusing its wine list and sinking into one of the comfy sofas, folks might not want to check out. A handful of copper tables, wrought-iron bistro chairs and zinc-green walls decked with a revol...

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is one of the most romantic and popular fine-dining establishments in San Francisco, serving classic and creative upscale American-influenced French brasserie and Northern Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. The establishm...

Clift's famous and historic Redwood Room has been restored and reinvented as an exceptionally elegant and modern San Francisco bar. Suffused with all-out glamour, the interior features the original redwood paneling and enormous bar, which, legend ha...

Perched on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, the world-renowned sky lounge affords a wraparound vista of San Francisco, including views of the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, stunning Marin Headlands and breathtaking city lights, ...

Things do to in San Francisco

The San Francisco Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries that travel across the San Francisco Bay, a marketplace, and also has offices, located on The Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. On top of the building is a 245-foot tall clock tower,...

Alcatraz

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Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Cap...

Fisherman's Wharf invites passers-by to sample Dungeness crab and clam chowder, to cruise the Bay, to pick up requisite souvenir t-shirts, and -- best of all -- to soak in the temperate sunshine or marvel at the fog as it rolls in across the water. 

Golden Gate Park

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  From a vast, windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren carved out an oasis--a verdant, horticulturally diverse, and picturesque public space where city dwellers can relax and reconnect...

one of the world's most beautiful bridges and an engineering marvel. With its tremendous towers, sweeping main cables, signature International Orange color, and Art Deco styling, it is a sensory experience featuring color, light, and sound. With mor...

San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. It is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.

The city's signature mode of transport is perfectly equipped to tackle steep hills, and since their premiere in 1873.The system, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964, has 40 cable cars that operate on the Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde and Calif...

AT&T Park, with its breathtaking views and classic design, was chosen as the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily as part of the inaugural Sports Business Awards program. The first privately financed ...

San Francisco Nightlife

Typical Shops in the Castro, San Francisco   If you’re looking for a typical local joint in San Francisco, then the Blackbird perfectly fits the bill. You don’t need to worry about getting enough space for you and your friends to have s...

Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the longest running musical revue in theatre history. Hailed as "a constant cascade of showstoppers" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey a...

San Francisco’s oldest and grandest nightclub, the Great American Music Hall carries guests back to an earlier, more elegant era, with its ornate balconies, soaring marble columns and elaborate ceiling frescoes. Long-time customers and newcomers ali...

Bourbon & Branch is a glimpse back on the 1920's and the era of Prohibition when the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverage was outlawed. You'll experience the ambiance of that time in an actual speakeasy that operated illegally at this location...

The walls are covered with the work of local photographers and painters, and jazz on Sundays always draws an eclectic and friendly crowd. Sushi Tuesday is quickly becoming a staple classic. 

  The Wild Side West is a truly San Franciscan establishment. Opened in 1962 by out and proud lesbians, Pat Ramseyer and Nancy White, every night is a blend of lesbians, locals, eclectic art and neighborhood sports bar.   On any given ni...

The Hemlock Tavern is located in San Francisco's Tenderloin featuring live music most nights of the week in it's separate music room and an all-around laid back atmosphere

Hotel Biron is not an official hotel per se, but after perusing its wine list and sinking into one of the comfy sofas, folks might not want to check out. A handful of copper tables, wrought-iron bistro chairs and zinc-green walls decked with a revol...

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is one of the most romantic and popular fine-dining establishments in San Francisco, serving classic and creative upscale American-influenced French brasserie and Northern Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. The establishm...

Clift's famous and historic Redwood Room has been restored and reinvented as an exceptionally elegant and modern San Francisco bar. Suffused with all-out glamour, the interior features the original redwood paneling and enormous bar, which, legend ha...

Perched on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, the world-renowned sky lounge affords a wraparound vista of San Francisco, including views of the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, stunning Marin Headlands and breathtaking city lights, ...

San Francisco Dining

Masa’s restaurant showcases the latest techniques and creations in California French cuisine elevated to new heights by Executive Chef Gregory Short. Expert wine pairings and offerings from Master Sommelier Alan Murray, this combination of talent an...

The food is a unique blend of Yemenese Arabic Cuisine and boundary pushing California cuisine with French hints mixed in for good measure. The space is secluded and intimate, perfect for a romantic dinner. 

Acquerello envelops guests in a warm and gracious atmosphere the moment they arrive. A recent renovation of the 22-year old restaurant, led by designer John Wheatman, highlights the former chapel, graced with arches and a rustic wood-beamed vaulted ...

Our daily changing menus are inspired by seasonal organic ingredients and incorporate traditional regional French and Italian cuisine. Nearly all of the produce, meat, and fish is farmed or harvested in a sustainable manner.

A small, intimate space that doesn't take reservations, the Alembic invites you to come early and stay late at this Haight Street hotspot. It's already renowned for its cocktails, from the New Orleans Sazerac to the South American Pisco Sour, but ju...

  The award-winning restaurant GARY DANKO is moving into its seventh year with a flourish. The restaurant has received its sixth Five Star rating from Mobil as well as a Relais & Chateau designation, and reviews continue to extol its delights. A...

  A charming, family run restaurant with cotton-candy clouds painted on sky-blue walls, chef Roland Passot serves generous portions of astoundingly good food. You simply can't err when you order from Passot's exuberant but disciplined menu. ...

  nopa is a San Francisco gathering place north of the Panhandle, serving urban rustic food and specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine. We serve simple food created with seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors. This philosophy ...

Delfina is a bustling, James Beard Award-winning neighborhood trattoria in San Francisco’s Mission District, owned by Anne and Craig Stoll.