This post is a guide to riding the famous San Francisco cable cars. including tips on tickets, routes, and how to ride. We give you tips on which important attractions and sights can be seen with each particular line. We also include a ride (and tutorial) on our San Francisco in One Day Tour.
This post lists many of the things to do in San Francisco in February, including our Top 10, as well as free, family-friendly and what to do at night. For a more comprehensive list, be sure to check out our list of things to do in San Francisco. And if you will be here in the early part of the month, be sure to check out our guide to Things to Do in January.
Below is our top 10 list, but there are many more things to do in San Francisco. If you are planning on visiting many of the top attractions in the city, then consider a tourist discount pass, which could save you lots of money.
This post summaries the February weather in San Francisco, with tips on what to wear as well as things to do. February in San Francisco tends to be somewhat cool, however, it is milder than most other US cities at this time of year.
Daytime temperatures tend to average in the upper 50s F to lower 60s F (15C-16C) while late night and early morning low temperatures tend to be in the mid-40s F to low 50s F (8C-11C). On a few of the warmer afternoons, you will see temperatures warm into the upper 60s F (about 20C) while a few of the colder mornings, especially early in the month temperatures can dip down to the lower 40sF (about 5C). The highest temperature ever reported during February in San Francisco was 81F (27.2C) while the lowest was 31F -0.6C).
On average, about 16 days will be either clear or at least partly sunny with 10 days reporting some rainfall. Of those 10 days, however, only about 3 days will see heavy rainfalls of 0.5 inches (about 13mm) or more. Daylight hours increase this month from January, allowing more time outside to explore this great city. Early in February, you can expect about 10.5 hours of daylight increasing to almost 11.5 hours by the end of the month.
The wind in San Francisco during February tends to mostly be light to moderate, ranging between 6mph and 12 mph but occasionally can exceed 15 mph.
No need for heavy winter ware here, just a light or medium weight jacket or coat will do most of the time. Bring a couple of sweaters or pull-overs to dress in layers for the colder days and some lighter spring clothes for the warmer days. The wind near the waterfront tends to be somewhat stronger so dress accordingly and remember to bring a good pair of walking shoes.
While many parts of the country are blanketed by snow every January, this is the perfect time of the year to come out to San Francisco! This post will show you all the best things to do in San Francisco in the month of January. We’ll include daytime activities, the best nightlife, things to do with kids and families, and the best things to do on a budget. And if you’re coming from one of those cities that’s always below freezing during this time, you can look forward to plenty of outdoor activities on this list, because San Francisco has wonderful winters that let you enjoy all parts of the city even in the winter months!
So, on to the list!
Visit the Golden Gate Bridge
Easily the most famous sight in San Francisco, and one of the most recognizable places in the entire world, the Golden Gate Bridge is a wonderful place to visit in January. During wintertime, San Francisco will often have bright, clear sunny days which are perfect for viewing the bridge. So our first recommendation will be to take a Free Golden Gate Bridge walking tour. This tour will take you to the best photo spots to get that perfect Instagram. You’ll also go under the bridge and on the bridge to get the best views of San Francisco.
Whether you take a tour or explore the Golden Gate Bridge itself, you should certainly make the trip out there to check this off your bucket list!
Go to Alcatraz
As long as we’re talking about the most famous places in the world, we can’t possibly leave off Alcatraz island. Tripadvisor has named Alcatraz the #1 Landmark in the United States, and the #8 landmark in the entire world. So if you’re traveling to San Francisco, you should certainly check it out! We have put together a post on How to Visit Alcatraz so you can best plan your trip out to the prison island. We have heard people say that they don’t want to go to Alcatraz during winter because it will be too cold, but this is actually the perfect time to visit! First of all, it doesn’t get very cold here (minimum temperatures are usually around 50 degrees F or 10 degrees C). Plus, when other people decide not to go to Alcatraz, it makes the island that much more open to you. It can get pretty busy and crowded in July and August (when the temperature is only about 10 F/5 C warmer! So January is an ideal time to go to Alcatraz. Read more »
This post has information on the best things to do in San Francisco. Below you can find links to information on the city’s top attractions, museums, points of interest, kid-friendly activities, and suggestions for things to do at night. Each link leads to a much more comprehensive page on that particular topic. Be sure to consider one of our pay-what-you-wish tours to explore these neighborhoods. As you plan your trip, you might also decide to consider purchasing a tourist pass. Tourist passes help you save money by packaging attractions together for one flat price. So many of attractions and activities listed in this post are included in the various tourist passes. We encourage you to read our post comparing the different San Francisco Attraction Passes. These passes are great deals for some and not for others.
This post summarizes the San Francisco weather in January, with tips on how to dress and things to do. January is a relatively mild month for San Francisco, especially when compared to other U.S. cities. You may find our weather in December post also helpful.
As we mentioned in our Top 10 Things to Do in San Francisco post, Pier 39 is full of fun and exciting activities for the whole family. And with so many shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, sights and experiences, we have created a list of the best things to do at Pier 39.
Note: Some of these activities, such as the Aquarium of the Bay, are fee-based. If you plan on attending any of these, be sure to pick up a San Francisco Citypass or a Go San Francisco Card. To figure out which pass is best for you, check out our coupon comparison page.
Now, presenting our list of the most fun activities on Pier 39! These are presented in no particular order, because they’re all great fun!
San Francisco is one of the world’s great cities, with an incredible amount of things to do. One of the most common things that visitors complain about in San Francisco is not having enough time to do everything! We want all our guests to have the greatest time possible in our wonderful city, so we have put together some suggested itineraries to follow. On this page, we have created a 1, 2, and 3 day itinerary for visiting San Francisco. So whether you have 24 hours or a long weekend here, we’ll make sure you can get as much done as possible.
Now, let’s start exploring!
San Francisco Itinerary: Day One
This post is a guide to things to do San Franisco during Christmas, including special events, holiday lights tours, ice skating rinks, beautiful lights, and Christmas Day activities. If you are planning on visiting many attractions during the holidays, then consider a tourist discount pass, and be sure to check out our definitive guide of things to do in San Francisco.
San Francisco truly comes alive at Christmastime. There are several events and performances around the city throughout the holiday season. From Christmas tree lighting ceremonies to gingerbread houses, there are many things to see and do. Below are a few of our favorite things to do in San Francisco during Christmas.
- Visit the Union Square Christmas Tree
- See the Gingerbread Houses at the Fairmont Hotel
- Watch the Nutcracker at the San Francisco Opera House
- Visit rescue animals at Macy’s
- For a full list, check out our post: Things to Do in San Francisco at Christmas
This post focuses on the night tours of Alcatraz Prison. According to many visitors, this experience is entirely different after dark. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to obtain tickets for this activity and it isn’t recommended for all visitors. With that in mind, we’ve created a helpful guide to explain everything you need to know about these Alcatraz night tours. Read our full Alcatraz Tours post for information on all available tickets and tours.