Visiting San Francisco – A Guide to the Seasons

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Attorney Geoffrey Scovil has a solo practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to his law practice, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys visiting cities around the world. He has been many places both internationally and domestically. One of his favorite cities is San Francisco, where he and his wife eloped under the rotunda at City Hall, where Joe DeMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married.

San Francisco’s peak tourist time runs from June to August. Visitors from around the United States flock to the city to take part in San Francisco’s many summer events, including the North Beach Festival and Fillmore Jazz Festival. Summertime in the city sees average temperatures in the high 60s along with damp fog and brisk winds.

Winter, spring, and fall all have more manageable crowds, but the weather is often significantly cooler. Winter lasts from December to February and has average temperatures in the high 50s. Fog is present almost every day, as are cold winds. San Francisco is also at its wettest during these months. Still, hotel prices are significantly lower than in the summer. Spring offers similar benefits, but the average temperatures are a bit higher. The city still stays fairly wet, especially during March, but dries and warms as it gets closer to summer.

Fall is typically the best time to visit San Francisco. From September to November, visitors enjoy such events as the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival and San Francisco Fringe Festival. Temperatures are actually warmer than they are during summer and normally average in the low 70s. There are still some breezes coming in from the coast, but the skies stay clear most of the time, and hotel rates and crowds drop.


The Best Time for Visiting San Francisco

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Geoffrey Scovil practices habeas corpus law in Albuquerque as a contractor for the New Mexico Public Defender Department and a solo practitioner at his legal office. Outside of work, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling outside of Albuquerque to such domestic and international locations as Hong Kong, Italy, and San Francisco.

Visiting San Francisco involves a number of considerations when trying to find the right balance between weather, costs, and crowds. Typically, the weather in the city ranges from the mid-50s to the low 70s throughout the year. Temperatures are warmest from August to November, and precipitation is high starting in November and continuing through March. However, the weather in San Francisco often changes suddenly.

In terms of crowds, summer is the peak tourist time in San Francisco. From June to August, the city is bustling with various street fairs and special events. Booking accommodations requires several weeks of advanced planning, and prices are at their highest. Between March and May, crowds are smaller. Temperatures are still in the mid-60s during these months, and hotel prices have not started rising. Winter brings similar respites when it comes to prices and crowds, but weather between December and February is coldest and characterized by near-constant fog.

Visiting between September and November is often the best option on all fronts. Hotel rates start dropping due to the decreasing crowds and weather is still warm. Many years, temperatures during these months are actually warmer than during summer. A variety of events continue during this time as well.

Popular Attractions in San Francisco

An experienced attorney, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil practices habeas corpus law out of his own solo office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When not busy with his duties as an attorney, Geoff Scovil enjoys traveling both around the world and domestically, and he has visited such US cities as Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Recognized for its unique architecture and scenery, San Francisco has a wide range of attractions that draw in a variety of visitors from around the world. Some of the city’s most popular attractions include:

Palace of Fine Arts: Featuring a classical European-style lagoon and Roman rotunda, the Palace of Fine Arts is a remnant from the 1915 World’s Fair. It regularly serves as the site of various cultural and musical events, but many individuals enjoy simply relaxing on the grounds.

California Academy of Sciences: Located in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences features a living roof covered in native plants and hilly terrain. Home to a natural history museum and aquarium, among many other attractions, it is often regarded as an architectural marvel.

Ghirardelli Square: Surrounded by a host of galleries, shops, and restaurants, Ghirardelli Square draws in everyone from shoppers to entertainment seekers. Built within a restored factory that formerly housed a chocolate company, the square was the first in a series of projects that sought to bring life back to the abandoned complex.

Chinatown: Although many cities have their own Chinatown, San Francisco’s is both the largest outside of Asia and the oldest in North America. Visitors can find everything from temples and workshops to tea houses and antique shops, and they can attend elaborate Chinese New Year celebrations.