Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco

Sure, San Francisco has more than a weekend’s worth of fun activities, sightseeing, dining, and places to explore. But even the locals know that there’s always something new to find. While San Francisco is dense, it’s also manageable, so it’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway with your partner, best friend, or that new acquaintance who shares your passion for adventure. Below are some quick tips and a sample checklist for maximizing your weekend enjoyment.

Golden Gate Bridge

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The best part about planning for a weekend getaway is that you don’t need to pack much. Besides your carry-on luggage, here are a couple of other things you should consider when planning this weekend escape:

Weather

San Francisco weather is a fickle beast so it’s smart to stay updated with its ever-changing mood. You never know if you’ll get caught in a heat wave or rainstorm. Sunny days and moderate temperatures extend through the fall so you can beat the heat and the crowds of tourists if you plan an ideal trip in September or October. However, the foggy clouds and erratic climate are part of the city’s charm so any trip to The City by the Bay is always a good one. Here’s a quick link to check the San Francisco weather.

The Ferry Building

Photo by @sh00tr74

Transportation

Flying into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) can be unreliable because it tends to have frequent delays due to fog. Many travelers who are on a tight schedule fly into the Oakland International Airport (OAK). From there, they then take a 35-minute drive into San Francisco. So for a quick weekend getaway where time is precious, consider looking at flights into both SFO and OAK to make the best use of your time.

Parking is scarce and expensive, so your best bet is to take public transportation. San Francisco is famous for its cable cars which interconnect throughout the city for easy access to all of the city’s best spots. They’re color-coded and cost $7 per ride but the pros suggest you purchase a Muni Pass, which gives you unlimited rides on all public transportation. The three-day visitor pass is only $33 and more information can be found here.

Pier 39

Photo by @box_of_sparkle

Some Places to Visit

You could see all of these attractions in one weekend. And you could even see a few of them from a hotel room at Loews Regency San Francisco, located near the base of The Embarcadero and blocks from Union Square. Sometimes the best trips are the ones that are unplanned, leading you to wander. With such a rich history and a dynamic population, San Francisco can be a fun adventure wherever you roam.

For more information on The City by the Bay, please visit San Francisco’s tourism authority, San Francisco Travel.

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