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General Facts about San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the cities in California at latitude 37.77 and longitude -122.42. The city is at an elevation of 28 meters above the sea level. The population of San Francisco is approximately 870,887 as at the first of July 2016 which makes it the fifth among the populated cities in U.S County. The city of San Francisco is occupied by residents from different races including African American, Natives, Asians, Pacific Islanders and others.
San Francisco is a city that is popular for impressive education, cultural practices, good music, films and this is why tourism in the city is so high. According to Wikipedia, over 18 million people visited the city in 2014 for tours, conferences, and conventions. San Francisco has beautiful attractions, convention facilities and hotel infrastructures that you can't find anywhere else in the world.
Things to do in San Francisco
San Francisco is a heavily populated city known for several tourists' attractions, good music, cultural displays and good food. This attraction makes people from many countries to visit the city every year. In 2014 alone, the city recorded a total number of 18 million people who came to the city for tours, conferences, and conventions. There are so many exciting things to do in San Francisco so if you are planning to go there, prepare yourself for a wonderful experience and don't be in a hurry at all.
If you are going to San Francisco for the first time, one of the "must dos" is a visit to the "Golden Gate Bridge" This Bridge connects San Francisco city and Marine County. Just make sure that you have your camera to take beautiful views of the bridge. The architecture and the views from the bridge are unbelievable. You can walk for a calming scenic stroll and also locate some secluded beaches like the Black Sands or the Kirby Cove beach. If you want to get a beautiful view of the Francisco Bay, trek to the Lighthouse in Point Bonita and have your fill of the charming atmosphere at the tip of the bridge.
After your life-changing experience at the "Golden Gate Bridge," your next place of adventure should be the "Alcatraz." A rocky island at the center of the city's Bay which housed most of the biggest offenders in San Francisco. Yes! Alcatraz was a military prison where some war prisoners were held during the war between Span and America and also during the civil war. Alcatraz was the first lighthouse on the West Coast was located. Afterwards, some notorious mobsters during the era of Al Capone were also imprisoned there. You may think that the place is dull, but when you get close to cell and listen to the audio tour by prison guards and inmates, you will have fun and learn many things. Have I also mentioned that you could get a beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz? Believe, you don't want to miss the sight.
If you love to move with the crowd for some boisterous time of your life, visit the Fisherman's Wharf. Many tourist troops to the Wharf and feel the breeze from the waterfront. There are many things and places to locate at the Fisherman's Wharf while you are there. You can go to Pier 39 and watch the bay, spend some dollars on shopping or enjoy some delicious foods at any of the restaurants at the Wharf. Also, you shouldn't miss your chance of owning a photograph of some sea lions while they sunbathe around the docks area.
There are other attractions at the Fisherman's Wharf like "Madame Tussauds Wax Museum" The "Aquarium of the Bay" "Ripley's Believe it or not" and "San Francisco Dungeon." If the heat increases and you need a cold feeling, go to "Ghirardelli Square" and eat enough chocolate and ice cream. You can also add some delicious French bread to the food at Boudin's which is the oldest and the most popular bakery in San Francisco.
Are you interested in exploring the culture of the Gays and the Lesbians of San Francisco, then you can make a stop at the "Castro" This is the neighborhood of the LGBTQ community and also the world's gay capital. The Castro was the home of Harvey Milk who was the first public official in California and USA as a whole to declare his gay preferences. He pursued the gay rights so steadfastly that he was nicknamed "Mayor of Castro Street." Harvey had a camera shop where he turned into his headquarters and presently, the shop is now a "Human Right Campaign Shop." When you get to the neighborhood, you will like the colorful environment, plentiful amenities, friendly residents, and the Victorian homes that complete the picturesque neighborhood. If you want to feel like understanding the neighborhood more, go to the 18th street and pay a visit to the neighborhood Museum.
Let's say you want to see San Francisco in all her glory, trek to "Twin Peaks" where you will stand high above the normal ground and look at the city. You can see the wonderful Bay Bridge and the skyscrapers but don't forget to bring your jacket to prevent the cold. Do you wish to enjoy the cool breeze outdoor or maybe enjoy a personal time at the park? Visit the "Golden Gate Park." This park is like the Central Park equivalent in California, and it records 13 million visits every year. Go to the park which is larger than Central Park and have a meeting with Mother Nature.
Do you love history and arts, there are many museums and historic sites in San Francisco. You can go to the "Exploratorium" which is a children museum or the "Walt Disney Family Museum." Other Museums like "Cable Car Museum" and the "California Academy Museum" are also very rich in history and Arts. Some sites where interesting events occurred in the pasts can also make your visit worthwhile. You can go to places like "Presidio of San Francisco," "Fort Point National" or even "Sutro Baths."
Do you like food and wish to taste the city's best offerings, then you must visit the "Ferry Building Marketplace." This place is where you will find many food stalls which offer different types of food. These stalls are functioning like restaurants, grocery stores, and snacks shops. When you arrive at the Marketplace, you will find any food from seafood, staples, coffee, Mexican food, Japanese Delicatessen, nut shop, and a cheese bar to every other variety you may wish to eat. Many visitors enjoy the "Ferry Building Marketplace because of the variety, quality and amount of foods they see. If you want to make the most of it, buy your choice food and eat along the waterfront. It will be an experience that you will not forget in a hurry.
What's the climate like in San Francisco?
The climate of San Francisco is mild. The city is we during the winter seasons and goes dry during the summer season. In some months, the temperature gets as high as 50 -60 degrees or it can get very low to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
San Francisco maintains a mild temperature that is never colder below 50 degrees nor warmer above 73 degrees. During the nights, the residents experience very chilly weather, and this state can fluctuate in just one hour to rise or drop as the case may be.
During the summer, there will be light fog in the mornings, and this will gradually turn windy in the afternoons. Precipitation is rare, but sometimes, there may be a light drizzle. Humidity in the city is constant but never uncomfortable.
The winter comes with constant rain in the city, but sometimes, there will be a day of calm and no-wind experience. Spring and fall don't take a defined period, and they are always very nice in San Francisco especially the fall.
When to go to San Francisco
You can visit San Francisco all year round but the best months should September, October, and November. These months are when the city experiences a very warm temperature and also gets very few visits from tourists. You can also target the spring because the temperature is also mild around this time and the rainfall is gone. This is also the best time to visit because of the sun, surfing and sand to play around in the city.
However, if you want to experience the chilly weather, visit the city during the winter. This time, you will get low rates in the hotels and the crowd is never much. Just pack your heavy jacket to protect yourself.
How to get there
The City has three international airports "San Francisco International" which is amongst the largest airports in the whole world. The airport lies 16 kilometers in the southern part of the city. The Airport has many passenger amenities which includes drinks and food establishments, baggage storage, shopping, public showers, a medical clinic, and others. The other two airports are the "Oakland International" at the East where Southern airlines operate to some destinations in the U.S, Scandinavia, and Mexico. The "Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International" at the South travels to long distance countries like Tokyo, London, China, Frankfurt, and Beijing.
From the Oakland and San Francisco International, you can take the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to get to downtown. As you arrive, you can either walk for five minutes or enter the airport shuttle to get to the station. From Oakland, you can also take a train to the BART. However, if you arrive at San Jose, you can enter the city by following Caltrain which is known as the "Airport Flyer."
You can also take a private taxi from the airports into the city, but the fares are higher than the public transport. Other options are the bus, renting a car or by boat if you are up for it.