At a Glance

The tech bubble may be what everyone nowadays associates with San Francisco, but the city is also a vibrant community offering beautiful views and fantastic dining, both simple and extravagant. A history of being at the forefront of progressive politics continues to this day, making it easy for residents to be themselves. Wander through the many hills of San Francisco and you just might never want to leave.

When to Visit

Because of the fog that clings over the bay in the summer, San Francisco actually finds its warmest weather in September and October, making autumn an ideal time to visit the city. Not only will you be free to walk around with only a light jacket, but you’ll also face fewer crowds.

Transportation

San Franciscans like to joke that their city is only 7 miles wide and 7 miles long, and there’s some truth to that saying. Many neighborhoods are small and easily walkable. However, keep in mind that the city is notoriously hilly, so when crossing longer distances, you may find it helpful to call an Uber or a Lyft.

MUNI, the city’s main public transit system, is convenient and covers all areas you’re likely to visit. Multi-day passes are available.

From the airport, an Uber to SF will cost roughly $30-35, while a BART ride will cost less than $9 one-way.

LGBTQI Life

San Francisco’s connection to LGBTQI life runs deep; gay rights activists in the 60’s and 70’s helped to cement the city’s status as a champion of progress and equality. Today, thanks to the influx of open-minded millennials, it remains a liberal bastion. You’ll find most nightlife in the Castro, though there are bars scattered elsewhere in the city.

Pride and Folsom Street Fair are two of San Francisco’s most famous gay events. The former is capped off by one of the world’s largest gay pride parades, while the latter is a raucous affair that sees fetish enthusiasts pour through the streets.