Summer in San Francisco is unlike anywhere else on Earth. Though California is traditionally associated with palm trees and sunny days, the typical July day in San Francisco averages just 57 degrees! Chilly weather and fog might not sound like ideal summer weather, but the crisp air can provide visitors a much needed break from the scorching temperatures they’re used to. Grab your jacket and you’ll be ready to see why San Francisco has become such a world-class summer destination.
San Francisco has some of the most iconic landmarks anywhere. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz, the city is home to a number of exciting destinations for sightseers. As visitors make their San Francisco bucket list of must-see locations, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Rather than rely solely upon your feet or unpredictable public transportation to get around, why not charter a bus? Explore the city on your own schedule.
See all of San Francisco’s most famous attractions, including Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Union Square and more. Grab lunch in Sausalito before snapping photos of the gorgeous San Francisco Bay. The best part? You can spend as much or as little time in these locations as you’d like.
California is known for its gorgeous beaches, picturesque forests and peaceful mountains. San Francisco is the embodiment of California’s wide variety of stunning landscapes. Embrace the great outdoors and tour the Muir Woods National Monument. You’ll have the chance to pose with 250-foot tall Redwoods, relax under the shade of the trees, or take a quick hike to see even more natural beauty.
If history is more your thing, opt for Extranomical Tour’s Bay in a Day Alcatraz Tour. On the tour, you’ll board a ferry out to Alcatraz Island and explore San Francisco’s famous waterfront. Audio presentations at Alcatraz allow you to hear from actual prison guards and inmates who served time on the island. Alcatraz’s imposing figure juxtaposes beautifully with the scenic surroundings. After getting your fill of history, board the bus for cliff-side views of the City by the Bay.
Summer is the perfect time to explore all of San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods. Head to the epicenter of hippie culture, the Haight-Ashbury before exploring Mexican culture in the Mission. Trace the steps of Harvey Milk in the Castro and nosh on exotic cuisine in Chinatown. Of course, a tour through San Francisco wouldn’t be complete without a stroll around one of the city’s iconic parks.
In recent years, San Francisco has become a mecca for hungry foodies searching for the most delicious dishes anywhere. Line up for a food truck rodeo on the Presidio’s Main Parade Ground, where festivals are held each Sunday in the summer. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more upscale, head to Absinthe Brasserie and Bar. The romantic setting and scrumptious French food will make you feel like you’ve hopped a flight to Paris. With more restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation, you’ll never go hungry in San Francisco!
There are undoubtedly dozens of locations to choose from for your summer vacation, but San Francisco’s charm is second to none. No matter how you decide to spend your time in Golden Gate City, you’re certain to make memories that will last a lifetime.