Best Time to Visit SF (Weather Wise)

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    Nov 09, 2013 8:54 PM GMT
    I'm thinking of coming to SF in the Spring time to visit my Uncle and his girl friend.

    Are there places or thing's you'd recommend seeing?

    If someone was to come to NY. I'd recommend a little boating town with nice restaurants and art galleries (there's a Disney one too). I'd also recommend the obvious Broadway shows, museums, and various exhibits (depending on the persons taste).
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    Nov 09, 2013 9:29 PM GMT
    Summer would be better but no matter what time of year there are always places and times when it gets foggy, windy, and cold so always have a jacket. A sleeveless fleece vest can be handy as well.

    One favorite place of mine is Fort Point. A spectacular view of the Golden Gate bridge and amazing for how cold and windy it always is there.
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    Nov 09, 2013 9:56 PM GMT
    ^^^^^^^
    Nice to know; I will bring my camera! Thanks LumpyOatmeal icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 10, 2013 1:12 AM GMT
    Any time is a good time. icon_biggrin.gif

    But yeah, summer is usually good because there are more things going on.

    Dress in layers. That way, when the weather shifts, you can add or remove clothes.
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    Nov 10, 2013 7:57 AM GMT
    i have been to sf, and as far as the weather- imo- stay away in the summer! it is usually foggy and cool, and sometimes the fog does not lift the entire day. Not very summer like, in my opinion. If you like sunny weather, the fall (like this time of year) tends to be good, or the spring too- it can rain a lot there in the winter, but when it doesn't it tends to be dry and mild (50s/60s)
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    Nov 10, 2013 11:59 AM GMT
    Fall and Early Spring are the best times of the year. Summer may have a lot more going on but it is also not typical summer weather, often Foggy in the Mornings and Evenings and Windy with temps in the 60s. Every once in a while, there is a wind shift and the temps will warm into the 70s and 80s but don't count on it too much!! Ironically if you incorporate your visit to the rest of the Bay Area ( Wine Country, Palo Alto or San Jose), you get typical sunny California weather.
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    Nov 12, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice everyone.

    I really want to see Santa Monica and San Diego while I'm there too. I want to explore nature and climb those famous Santa Monica steps. I have a buddy that lives in AZ, and I think I'm finally old enough to rent a car when I'm there. I'll be coming from NY. Maybe SF is too far from the other places I want to visit. I want to and will see my Uncle, but I know he'll probably be working most days.
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    Nov 12, 2013 5:28 AM GMT
    Ok so I think I'd like to make it a point to see the Conservatory of Flowers and Exploratorium in SF. And take some pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    I read this (below). Are people really this friendly icon_smile.gif that would be a major plus -- I love friendly people.

    "...That's why I disagree with the standard observation that San Francisco is the most European of American cities. People smile a lot here. (Do Europeans?) Traffic jams tend to be caused by drivers insisting the other guy go first. (Been to Italy much?) And have you ever seen a place more tolerant of alternative lifestyles? (Greece? Ha.)..." - From a Times article

    I'll do my own research, but what do people recommend seeing in California... I want to take advantage of everything while I visit. My barber said he enjoyed surfing in San Diego... Do people scuba dive or swim with dolphins anywhere in Cali? Any places to enjoy rock climbing? I don't care too much about places to eat, as much as I'd like to see beautiful scenery and get a feel for the people there; I've read people have lower cortisol levels on the West coast, compared to New Yorkers.

    Night, night... It's only 9:30 PM in Cali ;-)
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    Nov 12, 2013 5:57 AM GMT
    Best time to visit? The warmest weather is in September. Some of the most beautiful days are in January and February (between rainstorms). Normal day time high temps are in the 50's in January/February.

    California - If you like scenery, check out Death Valley or the Anza-Borrego Desertpark in February, when they are ablaze in color. The latter can be visited from Palm Springs, which is warm that time of year and has gaylife. Very late spring is ideal for seeing waterfalls in Yosemite (avoid Memorial day weekend.) If you want mountain scenery, come in the summer.

    Are people really this friendly that would be a major plus --

    They are - It can be culture shock for a New Yorker.
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    Nov 12, 2013 9:59 AM GMT
    HikerSkier saidCalifornia - If you like scenery, check out Death Valley or the Anza-Borrego Desertpark in February, when they are ablaze in color.

    Death Valley is a good idea for someone from back east; they've seen enough pretty trees to last them a lifetime so the stark desert could be interesting.
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    HikerSkier saidBest time to visit? The warmest weather is in September. Some of the most beautiful days are in January and February (between rainstorms). Normal day time high temps are in the 50's in January/February.

    California - If you like scenery, check out Death Valley or the Anza-Borrego Desertpark in February, when they are ablaze in color. The latter can be visited from Palm Springs, which is warm that time of year and has gaylife. Very late spring is ideal for seeing waterfalls in Yosemite (avoid Memorial day weekend.) If you want mountain scenery, come in the summer.

    Are people really this friendly that would be a major plus --

    They are - It can be culture shock for a New Yorker.


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    Nov 12, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    HikerSkier saidCalifornia - If you like scenery, check out Death Valley or the Anza-Borrego Desertpark in February, when they are ablaze in color.

    Death Valley is a good idea for someone from back east; they've seen enough pretty trees to last them a lifetime so the stark desert could be interesting.


    Nice point of view and I definitely agree, although I do love trees and forests too icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 14, 2013 7:42 PM GMT
    I didn't realize how spread out SF is to LA to SD. I've read San Diego is more suburban (a place you'd want to live). Where SF seems to slightly resemble NYC and LA seems to have a lot of tourist attractions and a lot of hot aspiring actors and actresses. SF also seems to be very techie.