When to Visit San Francisco

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Max Edelsack, a graduate of Marist College, holds a bachelor’s degree in sports communication and psychology. While in school, he had the opportunity to serve as a merchandise manager for a rock band’s national summer tour. Through this, Max Edelsack visited 30 different cities in the United States, including San Francisco.

San Francisco’s peak tourist time is during summer thanks to its cooler weather and numerous festivals. Between the month of June and August, the city experiences average temperatures in the high 60s and many visitors must wear pants and sweaters to stay comfortable when they are out and about. Due to the high number of crowds, hotels in the city are at their most expensive during this time.

From December to February, average temperatures drop to the high 50s and the city experiences almost five inches of average rainfall per month. Fog in the city is nearly constant during winter and visitors must brave San Francisco’s frequent cold gusts. This weather does keep most tourists away from the city, leading to a drop in hotel prices.

Springtime grants visitors a break from the cold and from the major tourist influx of summer. Temperatures average in the mid-60s between March and May and the city hosts a few festivals, including the San Francisco International Film Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, to keep tourists entertained. Most individuals regard spring as the second best time to visit San Francisco.

The best time to visit the city is in autumn when temperatures range from 63 to 73 degrees and the skies stay clear. As the warmest months of the year, September, October, and November are perfect for enjoying the beach and avoiding both rain and crowds. However, visitors may still need a few layers of clothes to protect against occasional bay-side breezes.