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San Francisco Love Tour
"San Francisco Sightseeing Tours aims to provide an enthusiastic and authentic way to get-to-know San Francisco. Hitch a ride for an experience that mixes both our love for modern day living and our memories of San Francisco in days gone by. Our 1970’s Vo complete with neon blue seats beaded curtains and shag carpets foster a Hippie vibe that celebrates Peace Love Freedom & Adventure. You will see breath-taking marvels such as the Golden Gate Bridge Lombard Street China Town The Castro and so much more.Travel down unique streets where other busses are forbidden. Visit the homes of San Francisco’s counter-culture icons such as The Grateful Dead
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San Francisco City Tour
"The Golden Gate Bridge is an architectural masterpiece standing at a staggering 746 feet and spanning 8981 feet completed in 1937 it was the world’s longest suspension bridge until 1964. The captivating international orange color is a unique trait of the bridge.An historic icon of San Francisco the cable cars is the world's last manually operated cable car system. Running along California street the cable car connects Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf. Due to limited time we are passing by only.Union Square located in downtown San Francisco is a large open plaza with a towering monument commemorating The May 1st
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Romantic Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour over San Francisco
"Your seaplane tour takes off from Sausalito a waterfront town just 4 miles (6.4 km) north of the Golden Gate Bridge. While you sip two glasses of Mumm Napa a California sparkling wine made in the traditional French method enjoy a gorgeous leisurely flight over San Francisco Bay before the sun sets. Relax during this magical time when the city and water are beautifully illuminated by the indirect light of the sun.Head out to the open Pacific Ocean and then south to the Golden Gate soaring over the iconic red towers as you make your way toward downtown San Francisco. Fly past Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 39 and the skyscrapers of the Financial District
From $551.00

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Be prepared for anything

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear One year, when I visited in early fall, I was ill prepared for the 98 degree heat wave. When I first visited in July, 1990, I was ill prepared for how cold summer in San Francisco could be. Lesson learned: bring a little bit of everything -- t-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, light jacket, etc. It's also a good idea to layer, as the temperature can change drastically from morning when the fog has yet to lift, to midday, usually the warmest part of the day, to late afternoon and evening, when the fog in many areas of the city rolls back in.

clemens300
Sep 19, 2006

Dress for SF weather!

Luggage and bags Depending on where you are staying, there are many hills in San Francisco. Thus, for luggage, make sure you can adequately transport it without being tired from walking all over the hills to get to your hotel. Or, one can just take a cab or public transportation.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Too many tourists come to San Francisco wearing and packing only T shirts and shorts. That is a big mistake, as San Francisco weather is on average, much colder than most cities in the summer. Whichever season you come to SF, make sure you bring a jacket and clothes for layering (T shirt, long sleeve over, a sweater when it's winter time, and a jacket). Also check the forecast for rain. The fall tends to be the best season weather-wise for San Francisco (especially mid-to-late October when we have an Indian Summer). As for shoes, wear comfortable shoes, as there are many, many hills.

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear Unfortunately, almost all of the San Francisco beaches are too cold to sunbathe or swim in. Thus, only bring swim suits/trunks if you have access to a pool... This is true in the summer as well.

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USCgirlie
Mar 22, 2006

Pack a Variety of Clothing

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear We were in San Francisco in the fall, which is probably the best time to go. I found the weather varied from 80 degrees to 58, depending on the location, time of day, rain or fog. So bring stuff that can be layered. Oh, and an umbrella! If it's cold and foggy in the city, as soon as you cross the bridge to Marin County, it can be immediately hot and sunny.

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madamx
Mar 04, 2006

MARK TWAIN'S SUGGESTION ON WHAT TO PACK

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Mark Twain once said, 'The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.' Summers in the City can be very foggy and windy. It's not unusual to see people wearing ski parkas in Fisherman's Wharf after the fog rolls in.

Also, the weather can be different depending on what neighborhood you are in. Be prepared for anything, dress in layers: water-resistent windbreaker, sweatshirt with hood, shirt and undershirt. (Use your daypack as a closet, not for storing valuables.)

And wear long pants & comfortable shoes. In this City, only tourists wear shorts.

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100ACRE
Jan 10, 2006
 
 
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Prepare for Cool Weather

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear San Francisco is generally NOT hot in the summer. There is often fog, which can burn off in the middle of the day. Bring a sweater or light jacket that you can remove as the day goes on. Locals don't wear shorts in the City too often (unless they are exercising).

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TravelSimone
Jun 19, 2005

bring clothes for layering

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear You never know quite what to expect with regards to weather in various parts of San Francisco. I have worn a tank-top and been fine and then had to throw on a sweater and jacket just a few hours later. Also, the East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, etc) tends to be a lot warmer than in San Francisco, which is good to keep in mind.

Photo Equipment Brings lots of film, or a large memory card and battery charger, since you will find many beautiful spots throughout the Bay Area.

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karin1972
Jun 15, 2005

Watch out for the cooler evenings!

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Make sure you pack a fleece or a cardigan as it often starts out bright and sunny but gets chiller in the afternoons/evening. Also if you are planning on going on the cable cars they can be a bit chilly!

emmasparkes
May 27, 2005

Wind Breaker a MUST

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Bring layers if you're going to San Fran-- all times of the year. Mark Twain once said "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Fransisco." And he wasn't kidding. Although it can get very warm in the sun, when that fog starts rolling in, I've seen the temperature drop 20 degress in a few hours.

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Mar 16, 2005

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SF can be cold in Summer

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear For most any time of year, pack layers when going to SF. The summer can bring cold OR hot weather. If days are hot, typically nights cool off very quickly and light jackets are in order.

In the winter, it can be cold and rainy one day and moderate and humid the next. so...Be prepared is the best advice.

Photo Equipment Anything available...SF is very picturesque

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Agraichen
Aug 19, 2004

Layer, layer, layer!

Luggage and bags Whatever you'd generally use.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Bring layers of clothes, and don't forget windbreakers and/or pullovers. Especially if you're visiting in the Summer. This is not Southern California, and San Francisco can be downright chilly in the Summertime. Spring and Autumn are the best time of year for warm weather.

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jessicadf
Aug 07, 2004

Keep warm keep cool !

Luggage and bags Something to keep warm a sweater you can carry. A sweatshirt you can take off.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Good shoes are always welcome when on holiday.

Photo Equipment Two batterys one to use one on charge.
Everyready to change one when it's done.
You don't wish to miss that picture.

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EdinburghRoc
Apr 25, 2004

Pack warm clothes even in the summer

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Take warm clothes, even in the summer. You'll definitely need a jacket at night, and even during most summer days. The average high temperature in July in San Francisco is 18 Celsius (65 Fahrenheit), and there is often a stiff breeze.

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glenn57
Apr 05, 2004

Things to Do Near San Francisco

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49 Mile Drive

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Market Street

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