San Francisco

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Traveling to

San Francisco

When to Go:

The best times to visit San Francisco are Fall and Spring. 

From September- November, fall days in San Francisco are warm and sunny with little chance of rain. The nights are mild and clear, making it our favorite time to visit San Francisco. In the city, the temperature will generally be in the 60’s but as you venture north, south or east, temperatures will rise. Despite the stellar fall weather, we always recommend visitors to pack lots of layers. Thanks to the many micro climates of the Bay Area, the weather can change quickly and without warning. 

If you can’t make it to San Francisco in the fall, we recommend scheduling your trip in Spring.

March- May. Spring days in San Francisco are generally dry, warm and sunny. You can enjoy seeing the flowers bloom and get to see parts of the city that will soon be overrun by the summer tourist rush starting in June. 

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Traveling to San Francisco will be expensive. There is no way around it. Here are the average costs for basic items in San Francisco. We base these numbers off of what we spent.

Bed in hostel: $30.00-$40.00

Mid-range hotel: $150.00-$200.00

Upscale hotel: $250.00-$500.00

Basic breakfast: $10.00-$15.00

Basic lunch: $14.00-$20.00

Basic dinner: $16.00-$25.00

1 (decent) beer in bar: $4.00-$7.50

1 (decent) bottle of wine @ a supermarket: $16-$20.00


Neighborhood Guide:

Whenever we visit a new city, we like to get oriented. We want to know which neighborhoods to visit if we are looking for restaurants, bars and other forms of entertainment.

Union Square: If you are looking to do some shopping and want to experience the true hustle and bustle of San Francisco check out Union Square. While we find it somewhat overwhelming and lacking character many tourists love this hip area because there’s a lot to do.

Fisherman’s Wharf:  Fisherman’s Wharf is truly the main tourist area of San Francisco. While you may not want to stay there with the throngs of tourists, it is certainly a fun place to visit for a few hours. With an abundance of shops and restaurants, it will be easy to keep busy.

The Mission: The Mission is home to San Francisco’s newest, hippest restaurants, bars and galleries. It is a vibrant, exciting hang out spot with lots to do. Some may notice that it is a little “rough around the edges” but it is a completely safe place for visitors to check out.

 Renting an Apartment? Check Out These Neighborhoods

North Beach

Centrally located, bustling neighborhood with lots to do right at your doorstep

Marina/Cow Hollow

Trendy, upscale neighborhood near the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio

 Russian Hill

A neighborhood with lots to do located on San Francisco highest hill

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Where to Stay:

Parker Guest House:

Prices starting at $167

Parker House, San Francisco Hotels

Small guesthouse, with beautiful gardens, close to Dolores Park


Union Street Inn:

Prices starting at $210

San Francisco Hotels, Union Street Inn

Quaint, peaceful, bed and breakfast located in a trendy, hip area

Monte Cristo Inn

Prices starting at $230

Monte Cristo San Francisco

Classy bed and breakfast located near the high-end restaurants and shops of Pacific Heights



Where to Eat:


State Bird Provisions

Delicious small plates, serve dim-sum style on carts


Specializing in wood-fired cuisine and creative cocktails

Kokkari Estiatorio

Upscale Mediterranean eatery with a warm, friendly atmosphere


Serving a three-course price fix menu that rotates nightly

Stones Throw

Hip restaurant serving seasonal, American fare


Great lunch spot offering a basic, but delicious Mediterranean menu

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What to Do:

Get Outside:

 Golden Gate Park

Crissy Field

Get Educated:



Get Active:


Bike over the Golden Gate Bridge

Take a hike at Lands End

Get Out: Day Trips

Wine Country

 Monterey and Carmel

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