Temperatures: Highs of 23°C in summer and lows of 7°C in the winter.
Best time to visit: July to October is the warmest time of the year.
The city sits in a bay, and has its very own unique microclimate. That means the weather can look and feel very different across the city, with the early morning Bay fogs almost legendary. Summer and early autumn are pleasant and dry, while winter tends to be cooler and rainy. It’s worth packing a few layers to cover all bases; temperatures can rise and fall quickly.
Explorers: Tick the city’s famous landmarks off your list during San Francisco holidays; don’t miss the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island prison, and Muir Woods National Monument.
Wine buffs: This place is the gateway to California’s stunning wine country. Take a tour of the famous Napa Valley and experience the region’s best vineyards (and their fruits) for yourself.
Families: It’s a child-friendly city with all kinds of fun-filled attractions for kids of all ages, including The Walt Disney Family Museum, where you can discover the origins of Mickey Mouse.
More about San Francisco
Currency: American Dollar ($).
Local time: San Francisco is 8 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: San Francisco International Airport. The transfer time to San Francisco is 30 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to San Francisco is 11 hours.
Tourist information: Find further California tourist information here before travelling on holiday.
Visa / health: Ahead of your holidays to San Francisco, it’s well worth clicking here for visas and health recommendations and advice.
Holiday destinations related to San Francisco:
By Muni: Do as locals do and make your way around the city on the Muni public transport system, which includes buses, metros, cable cars and more.
By streetcar: Hop on board an historic streetcar at any of its stops. This fabulous fleet of elegant bus-like vehicles come from all over the world. It’s also a great way to see the sights of the city and to get around on a budget.
By hire car: If you want to freedom to explore beyond the city, it’s well worth hiring a car. You could begin your all-American road trip right here.
Cherry Blossom Festival: Every April, Japantown comes to life in this amazing festival. The whole neighbourhood is bursting with colour as the cherry blossom trees bloom. This festival celebrates Japanese and Japanese-American culture, featuring music, performers and more.
San Francisco International Film Festival: Also held in April, The SFIFF is one of the top film events in the country, and a big hit with indie film makers. Fans of the silver screen flock to the city to experience the longest-running film festival in the US.
Gay Pride Parade: This world-famous parade has been held in Castro since the 1970s and takes place in June every year.