San Francisco

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to San Francisco

Peak Season: June to September; November

Summer vacationers invade the city in June and July to find a blanket of fog cloaking the city and a wool coat a necessity. In a place where weather is key, the sunny days of the Indian summers with mellow sea breezes – and better yet, the lack of fog – make September through November the most popular and ideal months to visit. Attractions are packed and hotels expensive, especially on weekends.

Off Season: December to April

Foggy, rainy, and cold (temperatures in the 50s), but there are fewer crowds and better deals on hotels; be aware that air travel can sometimes get delayed during this time due to visibility. If you luck out and visit before the rain really starts coming down (often this occurs in early to mid-January), you might just see blue skies and 60-degree sunny days, which are common during winter months in between the rainy stints.

Sweet Spot: May; October

If the weather is kind you can score pleasant days with few crowds. On the other hand, you can be faced with early fog season in May, so make sure your plans are flexible.

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