For your next winter vacation, forget Hawaii—and don’t leave the lower 48. Instead, take a “summer” getaway to San Francisco. San Francisco’s winter weather is unique: It’s warmer than it is in the summer. We’re talking coastal city here, so it’s breezy and chilly all year round. But if you’re looking for a warmer option for a winter getaway, San Francisco is the place. Once you’ve left the snow or frigid temperatures of home for San Francisco, get ready to enjoy your stay. Here are four sites any visitor to San Francisco must see:
Eat clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl while sitting outside. Enjoy the light breeze and your view of the bay. (About $8)
Located on Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf offers fun activities for people of all ages. There are street performers, magicians, shopping, an aquarium, and seals at the end of the dock. Make sure you walk the length of the pier, taking in all that it has to offer. (Free sans shopping)
Ghirardelli Square is a steep walk from Fisherman’s Wharf, but then again what isn’t in San Francisco? And don’t worry—the walk will help with the innumerable chocolaty calories you’ll consume there. Venture around the outside of the square and collect free samples at all the entrances. How many treats can you score? Make sure you grab an ice cream cone before you head out! (About $5 a cone)
The idyllic red trolley cars are the mascots of San Francisco. Watch out, though—the trolleys aren’t exactly luxury vehicles, and the benches aren’t ideal if you’re sitting next to someone you don’t know. As you travel on the steep hills, the trolley can put you in a stranger’s lap if you don’t hold on tight.
There are plenty of things to hold your attention for a weekend getaway in San Francisco; just make sure you take note of the unique San Francisco weather and pack accordingly. Never forget a light sweater, and enjoy your time experiencing the classics of San Francisco.