San Francisco, a hilly city in California, is located on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Local time in San Francisco lags 8 hours behind the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). This city covers an area of 121.4 km2 with a population of 8.84 lakhs as in 2017. Currency operational is US dollar.
Weather and climate
San Francisco experiences Mediterranean climate with cool summers. Temperature ranges from 5°C to 23°C. It receives 485 mm of rainfall every year. June to September is the driest months and December to March are the wettest month.
Best time to visit
Choose the summer season for your visit, that is, from June to September because rainfall is minimum and temperatures are moderate. Although it gets a bit cold during night irrespective of the season you chose to visit and therefore must carry a sweatshirt or jacket.
Places of attraction
Golden Gate Bridge
It is a suspension bridge open to cars, bikes and foot traffic. It is used to cross the one mile straight that connects the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Its construction was started in 1933 and was completed in 1937. This bridge made of steel has a length of 2.737 km.
Cable Car System
It is the world’s last manually operated cable car system. Operated by the San Francisco municipal railway, it forms part of the urban transport network. Built in the year 1873, it has 3 lines and 62 stations. Around 20,000 people used it to travel every day in 2014.
Also known as ‘the painted ladies’. About 48,000 houses were painted in bright colors between 1849 and 1915. One of the best known is the row of Victorian houses at 710 – 720 Steiner Street. This block appears in movies, TV programs and ads frequently.
It is the city’s business center. Among the skyscrapers, Transamerica Pyramid building dominates the skyline. This place also has Tadich Grill, city’s oldest restaurant. It is spread over an area of 119 hectares.
It is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles away from the shore. The small island covers an area of 47 acres. This island was developed with a lighthouse and a military prison from 1934 to 1963. It has an elevation of 41 m.