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Welcome to San Francisco

A combination of vibrant neighborhoods, cutting-edge industries, and breathtaking views, San Francisco has always attracted innovators and visionaries, as well as meeting and event planners looking to feed off of the city’s culture and pioneering spirit. In addition to a range of special event facilities and venues, San Francisco also boasts unique experiences, green spaces, high-end accommodations, a thriving food scene, public artworks, and iconic sights including the Golden Gate Bridge, all of which will surely serve as a big draw for attendees.
San Francisco Highlights
Stay in the know about San Francisco with these online resources including links to the city’s public transportation system, Oakland International and San Francisco International airports, and more. Plus, learn about the city’s upcoming events, any current restrictions and safety guidelines, and tips for easily planning your next gathering here.
The Golden Gate Bridge
The city's most popular tourist attraction spans the Golden Gate Strait, which is how it got its name.
Alcatraz
Situated on a small island in the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz is a former federal prison that housed infamous offenders like Al Capone.
The Ferry Building Marketplace
This public food market includes stalls where you can grab seafood, burgers, Mexican food, coffee, empanadas, and more.
Muir Woods National Monument
Located north of San Francisco, this natural attraction is home to sky-high redwood trees and miles of trails.
Fisherman's Wharf
This tourist-heavy waterfront neighborhood includes plenty of shops, restaurants, and family-friendly attractions and activities.
Lombard Street
Victorian mansions line this crooked street that zig-zags around meticulously landscaped curves.
Chinatown
This neighborhood hosts one of the largest Asian communities outside of Asia, along with shops selling wares and eats.
California Academy of Sciences
Great for visiting families, this attraction includes an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and even a rainforest.
The Golden Gate Bridge
The city's most popular tourist attraction spans the Golden Gate Strait, which is how it got its name.
Alcatraz
Situated on a small island in the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz is a former federal prison that housed infamous offenders like Al Capone.
The Ferry Building Marketplace
This public food market includes stalls where you can grab seafood, burgers, Mexican food, coffee, empanadas, and more.
Muir Woods National Monument
Located north of San Francisco, this natural attraction is home to sky-high redwood trees and miles of trails.
Fisherman's Wharf
This tourist-heavy waterfront neighborhood includes plenty of shops, restaurants, and family-friendly attractions and activities.
Lombard Street
Victorian mansions line this crooked street that zig-zags around meticulously landscaped curves.
Chinatown
This neighborhood hosts one of the largest Asian communities outside of Asia, along with shops selling wares and eats.
California Academy of Sciences
Great for visiting families, this attraction includes an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and even a rainforest.
San Francisco Weather
Although San Francisco is known for its famous fog, it usually doesn’t linger for long, and temperatures typically don’t rise above a mild 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The city is also known for its microclimates, meaning the weather differs in different parts of the city. For example, the hills in the center of San Francisco block much of the fog, wind, and precipitation that rolls in from the Pacific.
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San Francisco Weather Essentials
MonthHighLowPrecipitation
June60°47°4.5 in
July57°46°4.5 in
August68°55°0.06 in
September70°55°0.21 in
October69°54°1.1 in
November63°50°3.2 in
December57°46°4.6 in
7 Day Forecast
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Thu, Jun 17
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Fri, Jun 18
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Sat, Jun 19
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Sun, Jun 20
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Mon, Jun 21
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Tue, Jun 22
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Wed, Jun 23
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Thu, Jun 17
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Humidity: 53%
Wind: 10.31 m/s
Fri, Jun 18
70°
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Precipitation: 0%
Humidity: 56%
Wind: 10.92 m/s
Sat, Jun 19
67°
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Precipitation: 0%
Humidity: 65%
Wind: 11.7 m/s
Sun, Jun 20
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Precipitation: 0%
Humidity: 63%
Wind: 12.64 m/s
Mon, Jun 21
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Humidity: 67%
Wind: 18.01 m/s
Tue, Jun 22
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Humidity: 70%
Wind: 13.76 m/s
Wed, Jun 23
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San Francisco Resources
Get There
What is the best way to get to San Francisco?
Flying: The Bay Area is serviced by three international airports: San Francisco, Oakland, and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose, making it a convenient location for both domestic and international attendees.
Train: Passengers arriving via Amtrak come into Emeryville or Oakland's Jack London Square Station and can take an Amtrak California Thruway bus over the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. Depending on the route, some travellers may also be able to transfer to BART trains or Caltrain, which is the regional rail service from San Jose to San Francisco.
Car: You can reach San Francisco via four major highways: US-101 (which takes you over the Golden Gate Bridge) and Interstate 280, both from the south; I-280 (best for those headed to the Civic Center); and Interstate 80, which crosses over the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
What is the best time to visit San Francisco?
In terms of weather, fall is a good time to visit San Francisco since it’s less windy and foggy and the rainy season hasn’t started yet, plus this is when you’ll experience the warmest temperatures. But you’ll still want to pack a jacket for the bay breezes. This is also when you’ll encounter smaller crowds as compared to summer. Some major annual events to keep in mind when planning include Chinese New Year in February, San Francisco Pride in June, Outside Lands Music Festival in August, and San Francisco Fringe Festival in September. Planning tip: The city completely empties out during Burning Man, which takes place in Nevada, since it’s a big draw for many local residents.
Get Around
Walking: Although you’ll encounter steep hills, San Francisco is one of the country’s top walking cities, thanks to its compact neighborhoods. But be prepared for a bit of a workout. You’ll find hillside stairs along the steeper streets to help you make the climb.
Transit: Muni is the name of San Francisco’s bus and metro system. It runs throughout the city and emcompasses buses, trains, and cable cars. Keep in mind, the city’s trains and buses are known for being extremely crowded at times.
Taxi: The city’s tough-to-find and expensive cabs may be the reason why San Francisco is home to ride-sharing startups including Uber and Lyft. The area taxi companies also have their own ride-hailing apps such as Flywheel and YoTaxi.
Get Inspiration From Previous Events in San Francisco
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