San Francisco is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The hilly city has peaks and crests with prime views of the San Francisco Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco is tip of a peninsula, with one side of it facing the cold Pacific and the other facing the Bay. The famous fog of San Francisco is due in part to the cities' location.
San Francisco has a climate that is strange and changes depending where you are. It never snows here, instead, it rains in the winter, but there is not that much fog. In the warmest months of San Francisco of July to October, the fog rolls in like clockwork in the late afternoon, blanketing the city in a chilly, dense fog.
If this doesn't sound good to you, just consider that San Francisco neighborhoods are all different. Some, like the Mission district southwest from downtown will often be sunny when there's fog up on Twin Peaks. This enormous hill has its own fame. Take Market Street headed west from downtown. Keep going past Church Street. You will pass a large rainbow flag on your left, which means you've just gone past the Castro District. The hill will start to wind to the right. At the top of this big hill is Twin Peaks and some of the best views of the San Francisco Bay Area.
On the other side of Twin Peaks is the famous Haight Asbury district, or the Upper Haight, since this area is centered around Ashbury and Masonic. This neighborhood get a fair amount of for but that just adds to its mystique. At the end of an area from around Masonic is where you will find the funky shops, great cafes, and nightclubs.
Today, the Haight Ashbury is one of the most visited San Francisco neighborhoods. It is a place to see and be seen, or enjoy a nice lunch then stroll down to theGolden Gate Park to watch the drum circle. Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and the Jefferson Airplane are part of the history of Haight Ashbury, from the Janice's tree near the drum circle to the old Grateful Dead house on Ashbury.
There are a few quaint beds and breakfasts in the Victorians along Haight Street. This type of San Francisco lodging lets you get a feel for everyday life in the city, while being close to one of the most interesting California attractions. The comfortable Beds and Breakfasts in Upper Haight are some of the most unique, interesting San Francisco Hotels.
San Francisco has a large Asian American community. Chinatown is one of the most visited San Francisco neighborhoods, and comes to life with activity around Chinese New Year. The festivities, which included an elaborate parade down Market Street, are punctuated by the explosions of hundreds of thousands of fireworks set off at the end of the parade.
If you're visiting the Bay Area, you will want to find a be sure your San Francisco lodging will be close to places you want to get to and not hard to find at the end of a long day. The area just south of Fisherman's Wharf has some of closest San Francisco lodging to the waterfront attractions are often filled in the summer with tourists who want to enjoy a short walk to Pier 39.
Most of the hotels in San Francisco are downtown, which is a transportation hub. With so many ways to get to the San Francisco neighborhoods you want, it is just a matter of preference in many cases. You can take the bus, the streetcar, the MUNI light rail, the Cable Car, or the BART high speed train. Union Square is on the cable car line, and the 8-block area around Powell and Market to South of Marker has the most hotels in San Francisco. If you're looking for a hostel, there are 2 of them on Folsom (SOMA Inn) and off Folsom between 7th and 8 (Globe Hostel on Hallam Place), hostels often have private rooms. For young vacationers and couples traveling on a budget, these private hostel rooms represent some of the most inexpensive accommodations of all the hotels in San Francisco.
With easy access to the Monterey Peninsula and the Central Coast, you can do any number of day trips from San Francisco. You can spend a day in Napa or on the Northern Coast and still come back to the city at night.
When you visit San Francisco, going to the different neighborhoods and spending a few days help can help you appreciate the city by the Bay.