San Francisco has a mild climate, with cool, wet winters and dry summers. The nights are chilly so usually people in San Francisco always carry around a gentle jacket because the temperatures can drop or rise drastically within an hour. The Golden Gate Bridge is just a California icon gracing San Francisco Bay. It’s the most photographed site in the city, with the orange structure backed by blue water, or oftentimes, peaking through low lying cloud. During the night, the flood-lit structure is equally striking.The historic and notorious Alcatraz penitentiary, located on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, is among America’s most infamous prisons. You can have a ferry to the island and tour the website while playing a fantastic audio recording that provides a view into life in the prison, rather than simply a historical list of the facts.The neoclassical Civic Center next to the grit of the Tenderloin. The San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Symphony and SFjazz are situated there. Whilst the ‘Loin’ is grittier in comparison to its ritzier neighbors downtown, there’s plenty of interesting architecture and attractions to see here.
Don’t forget to visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. This area covers numerous blocks across the waterfront and is among the most popular (touristy) things to do in the city. You will find street performers, souvenir shops, and tons of spendy restaurants. Along Fish Alley you are able to watch fishermen at the job, as they’ve prepared for decades. This is an excellent destination for a wander and explore for people watching. After your busy day, go relax in Dolores Park for great views of the city. If you’re a history buff, visit Misión San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores) – the oldest surviving structure in the city.The Mission District is a fabulous place to spend your night.