Visiting San Francisco in the Springtime

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Explore the iconic city of San Francisco in the springtime! Discover the magic of the city by the bay as it awakens with renewed energy and endless possibilities this spring season. 


Despite the weather, San Francisco in the Springtime is magical, without a doubt. Not only can you avoid the huge crowds and find better deals on pricing, but the city is in full bloom this season! Our guide will teach you how to have the most fantastic spring season in the City by the Bay. Let’s go! 

san francisco in the springtime

Springtime in San Francisco

Springtime in San Francisco is a delightful season filled with blooming flowers, sunny days, and endless adventures waiting to be explored. As the city comes alive with the sights and sounds of spring, you can journey all around the city with ease, visiting top attractions and taking part in lively events. Here’s our guide on how to have the best adventure ever when visiting San Francisco in the Springtime. 


Weather in San Francisco in Spring 

While it may not be as warm as SoCal, San Francisco in Spring still brings great weather conditions for enjoying an amazing trip! San Francisco experiences cool and often foggy weather in the springtime. Daytime highs range from the upper 50s to mid-60s Fahrenheit (around 14-18 degrees Celsius), but the city’s notorious fog can lead to fluctuations in temperature throughout the day. While spring brings occasional sunny days, especially later in the season, be prepared for the possibility of overcast skies and fog, particularly in the morning and along the coast. 


Where to Stay in San Francisco in Spring 

When planning your trip to San Francisco in the springtime, having an ideal place to stay can make or break your experience. Thankfully, ITH has the perfect spot. Right on the border of Chinatown, ITH Pacific Tradewinds Hostel offers a cozy and welcoming retreat for travelers looking to experience the city in the springtime. Situated within walking distance of popular attractions like Chinatown, Union Square, and the Embarcadero, we provide the perfect home base for exploring. Plus, it’s conveniently located near public transportation, making exploring other parts of the city with your newfound friends easy. 


San Francisco in the springtime

What to Wear in San Francisco in Spring

Springtime in San Francisco brings a mix of sunshine, fog, and cooler temperatures, making it important to dress in layers to stay comfortable throughout the day. Here’s a simple guide to help you dress accordingly with the unpredictable weather:


Layers, Layers, Layers: Layering is the key to dressing for San Francisco’s spring weather. Start with a base layer, such as a T-shirt or blouse, and add a sweater or jacket on top for warmth. If you are someone who is always cold, consider bringing a scarf as well that you can easily remove or add.


Jeans or Pants: While it’s not quite the season for shorts yet, it’s ideal to opt for jeans or pants to keep your legs warm. If you’re planning to spend time outdoors, consider water-resistant or quick-drying fabrics in case of rain showers. 


Comfortable Footwear: San Francisco is a city made for walking and is super easy to get around, so be sure to wear comfortable footwear. If you’re exploring areas like Golden Gate Park or the hilly streets of the city, supportive shoes with good traction are the best choice, and your feet will thank you later.


Outerwear: Be prepared for San Francisco’s famously foggy weather by bringing a waterproof jacket or windbreaker. A hooded jacket or an umbrella can also come in handy, depending on the temperatures outside.


Extras: Sunglasses are a must, especially when the sun breaks through the clouds. A cap can help protect you from the sun or keep your head warm on cooler days. And don’t leave home without a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day to save money on drinks. You can fill up your bottle at ITH before heading out for the day!  


Spring Events & Things to Do 

From iconic landmarks to institutions and seasonal festivals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in San Francisco in the Springtime. Here are our top picks and suggestions for things going on in San Francisco this Spring: 

For a full event calendar, click here.

Famous Landmarks: Obviously, you have to explore the most famous landmarks in San Franciso, like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Fisherman’s Wharf. These destinations offer a quick glimpse into the years of history and culture that have defined the city. 


Cultural Institutions: San Francisco has a thriving arts scene, and what better way to experience it than by visiting institutions such as the de Young Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and the Exploratorium. From world-class art exhibitions to interactive science exhibits, these museums showcase the talents and interests that define San Francisco’s culture.


Festivals and Events: Experience the spirit of the city at springtime events like the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown and the San Francisco International Film Festival. You can also indulge in the best of Bay Area craft beer at the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival or catch a baseball game and cheer on the San Francisco Giants. 


Outdoor Adventures: The beauty of springtime in San Francisco is so underrated, mainly because of the unpredictable weather. But fear not! Springtime still brings ideal days for walks and picnics in Golden Gate Park, wandering through the Conservatory of Flowers, or hiking or biking along the coastal trails of Lands End, offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. For a stroll with stunning waterfront views, head to Crissy Field and take in the sights of the skyline and Golden Gate Bridge. 


San Francisco in the springtime


Despite the weather being cooler and unpredictable, springtime in San Francisco has a lot of things to see and do that the weather can’t completely destroy. We hope this guide has inspired you to visit the City by the Bay in the Spring. Keep in mind the lower season brings less crowds and affordable prices, so don’t miss your chance. Be sure to book your stay at ITH Pacific Tradewinds to make the most of your spring season in San Francisco. 

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