Sweater / Jacket, San Francisco
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dresss in layers and always bring a jacket and more sweaters than you think you need. In the afternoons and evenings it starts to get cold. The Golden Gate bridge can be freezing with it's windy conditions even on a lovely day. Fishermans' wharf can also be cold due being right on the water.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Before I moved to San Francisco I read in a few travel guides that the city can be foggy and cold in the summer (especially in August). Somehow I failed to understand that statement to its full extent. I've always thought of California as "sunny California" (a thought which I feel was always in my mind since I don't remember where and how I picked it up). Consequently I didn't bring a sweater (why do it, since I was coming to sunny California?). Next day almost frozen I went out and I bought one. In conclusion if you plan to visit San Franscisco in the summer bring a sweater. Even when it's sunny outside some places in SF can be quite windy, so it's better to be prepared.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will always want to have a jacket with you in this town. Even in summer when it is 95 degrees in Oakland it can in the 70s in the city. And although 70s is not normally jacket weather it is when 20 minutes ago you were in the 90s.
Bring warm clothes with you. San Francisco is located on the water, and even on the hottest summer day, the fog can roll in quickly. When that happens, the wind comes up, and the temperature can plummet as much as 20 degrees in a short time.
There's a famous quote that's attributed, mistakenly, to Mark Twain: "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Regardless of who said or didn't say it, it's true. I would never go to The City wearing shorts, or without a jacket.
When we exchanged homes with a Dutch family, we warned them about this, but they couldn't believe it was true. They later reported that by midafternoon on their first jaunt to SF, the fog came in and sent them running for the car. :)
Don't forget to bring a jacket regardless of the time of year you are there. San Francisco's weather can change quickly with temperatures in the summer dipping into the low 50's with windy conditions. On the other hand, you may see it uncharacteristically warm in the upper 80's. Bring clothes that you can layer. If you visit outside the city, the temerapures can rise quite drastically at times.
Take comfortable shoes to walk in. Driving in the city except by cab is not necessary!
Also bring a small umbrella or slicker in case of rain.
Dress in the city is casual unless you visit one of the upper end restaurants. There you might need a coat and/or tie.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Band-aids in case you develop a blister when walking.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Like I said, you should be prepared for cold weather in San Francisco at all times of the year. It doesn't matter if it is summer, spring, fall, or winter. It can get cold all the time here...and very windy too. Bring a jacket, sweater, or sweatshirts, and maybe some nice thick socks too just in case it is really cold. Hats are always good too of course.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether Mark Twain actually described San Francisco as such is open to debate, however, the statement has some truth to it - especially if you're from warmer climates. You will need a jacket in July and you will probably be more comfortable in pants or jeans than in shorts. It does get quite chilly, especially if you're near the waterfront. If you forget a light jacket or sweatshirt, don't despair; there are plenty of tourist shops that will only be too happy to sell you a jacket with the Golden Gate Bridge embroidered on it.
San Fransisco is always colder than the rest of California, so bring a sweater and some pants just to make sure you won't have to worry about freezing when you go sight seeing.
Photo Equipment: It's very cheap to develop film in the States so do it while you´re there if like me you're from Sweden!
Miscellaneous: If you like shopping as much as I do I have a few tips!
Shoes: go to one of the many 'Payless Shoesource' stores throughout California. Wonderful shoes at very low prices.
Sam and Libby, another chain of stores throughout California. A little more expensive but not that much. They have a little more exclusive looking shoes, which are very nice!
Clothes (and other things also): I would highly recommend the 'out-let' store: Ross. Ross is another chain of stores throughout CA. In a Ross store you'll need a little more patience than in a usual store, but it's worth it. You'll find all kinds of stuff from designer dresses at soooo much lower prices than usual to designer towels and shoes. Not everything is designer made of course. Ross sell the remaining items that a normal store don't. So you can not be sure to find this or that special dress in your size, but if you do, you will have saved lots of of wonderful dollars to spend elsewhere!
Even in Summer, the temperature can be cold in SF. 5 to 10 degrees under the temperature observed elsewhere in the Bay.
So bring sweater and warm clothes to protect you against the wind.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The temperature can make you forget the sun. So bring sun cream.
Miscellaneous: Difficult dry the laundry at the hotel.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: San Francisco is much cooler than the rest of the United States during the summer. Many Americans travel in shorts and t-shirts and nearly get frostbite when they arrive in San Francisco in July! Always bring a sweater or jacket to San Francisco during the summer. This is a photo of the Bay Bridge. Only cars, not pedestrians, are allowed on the bridge, unlike the Golden Gate Bridge.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Mark Twain did not REALLY say 'The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco,' but it's true that summers in the city can be damp, foggy, and cold -- especially on the ocean side. Some friends of mine lived on 25th Ave. for years, and one summer they didn't see the sun for 3 months (this is not an exaggeration!). No matter how hot it is elsewhere in the Bay Area, I can almost guarantee that it will be much colder in San Francisco: if you're wearing shorts and a tank top in San Jose, put on jeans and a long-sleeved shirt if you head up the Peninsula; wear socks with your sandals; and take a jacket or sweater with you. Winters are mild (that lovely Pacific current), but can be extremely wet: carry an umbrella and wear puddle-proof shoes. On the other hand, spring and fall can be absolutely gorgeous, temperate and sunny.
Luggage and bags:
i took a backpack and a large purse. it's not fun to have to carry around a lot of bags in this city. there are a lot of people walking around and you don't need to take up anymore of the sidewalk than necessary. of course if you have the money to spend or rent a car, having more bags shouldn't be a problem.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bring a coat or jacket no matter what time of year. san francisco's weather can change quickly and often does. expect fog in the mornings, a chill at night, and if you're down by the water a jacket could possibly be a must, i was very cold and wind blown when down at fisherman's wharf.
I heard several people say 'My worst winter was the summer in San Francisco...'
Expect good weather in spring, more rain in the summer... around the bay, there will be always be that cool ocean breeze/wind, so no shorts necessary (brrrrr...), and as soon as the sun is gone, a warm sweater and a jacket are a necessity! Otherwise, wear whatever you feel comfortable in, after all, you are in San Francisco... *g*
Miscellaneous: I underestimated the amount of money i would spent in SF... i went waaaaaaay overboard, mostly to the fact that SF is expensive in general with almost everything...
(Most expensive housing in the states, was that right?) But none the less, the money is worth being spent in this city... just be prepared, thats all...
Ok people, here's your one warning: this is San Francisco, NOT california. Don't be wearing your tank tops and shorts and then complaining at 3pm when the fog rolls in. How many time did I hear 'does it usually get this cold here in the summer?'. The answer is YES! It'll be warm during the day (up until the fog rolls in at 3) and then it's light jacket weather. Please people, just bring something with sleeves for later in the day.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't come here expecting to go to the beach. Typical beach wear in SF is a sweater, a windbreaker, a strong hat, pants and shoes.
Miscellaneous: If you leave the city, be warned, it's usually a lot warmer inland (East Bay, Marin, Napa). Wine Country, especially can get downright sweltering in the summer... this is shorts weather kids.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be advised that San Francisco can be foggy, even in the summer. Make sure you bring an extra jacket, even when the sun is fully out. In the picture you can see the fog banks waiting in the bay. By early evening the fog advanced upon the city and it got quite chilly!