When it comes to the weather, San Francisco is a tricky place to visit. Weather is unpredictable all year, with some years having warm, sunny Januarys and cold, rainy Augusts and other years having the opposite.
San Francisco’s weather does not follow the California stereotype of being warm and sunny all year, and in fact is much colder that most people think.
In general, the best time of year to visit San Francisco is in September and October, when temperatures are in the 70’s F / 20’s C and days are sunny.
Summers in San Francisco tend to have a mix of warm sunny days and cool, foggy or rainy ones, so it’s always hard to know what you’ll get when you visit San Francisco in the summer.
Spring in San Francisco experiences a decent amount of rain, with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s F / 15 – 20 C. Winters are a bit colder, but with similar rainy spells.
The general rule about the best time to visit San Francisco is that there isn’t one. Whatever time of year you visit, make sure to bring a few sweaters and a jacket, as well as an umbrella.
Blue Bottle Coffee at the Ferry Building
San Francisco is one of the best cities to visit in the USA, and there is no shortage of things to do there. Whatever your interests, the city has a variety of things to keep you entertained throughout your stay.
To help you make the most of your time there, here are my top 10 things to do in San Francisco:
Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Ride a cable car from Union Square to Ghirardelli Square, then get ice cream at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory.
Visit the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning and get breakfast at the Primavera booth (the chilaquiles are the best!).
Go boutique shopping on Union Street, Fillmore Street, and Chestnut Street.
Check out the shops and restaurants in funky Hayes Valley.
Walk through the Mission and find the district’s famous outdoor murals.
Take a day trip up to Napa and Sonoma to sample some of California’s best wines.
Walk down Haight Street to relive San Francisco’s hippie days.
Go shopping in Union Square.
Take a ferry to Alcatraz, where you can tour the most famous prison in the world.