USCG Air Station San Francisco
1020 N. Access Road, San Francisco, CA 94128
In San Francisco, the summers are long, comfortable, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 72°F and is rarely below 39°F or above 83°F.
The warm season lasts for 4.4 months, from June 13 to October 24, with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year is September 20, with an average high of 72°F and low of 58°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.0 months, from December 4 to February 4, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is January 3, with an average low of 45°F and high of 56°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from November 4 to April 9, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 31% on February 20.
The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from April 9 to November 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 19.
Cost of Living
The average cost of living in San Francisco, CA is 202, that puts it 46% higher than the average of California and 102% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of San Francisco, CA, the price of goods and services are 17% higher than the average of California as well as 29% higher than the nation’s average.
Getting to Know the Area
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world.
The Lands End Trail is the perfect San Francisco activity for three reasons: one – it’s an easy way to show how beautiful this place is thanks to views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and coastal terrain; two – there are tons of only-in-SF hidden treasures, like the rock labyrinth, Mile Rock Lighthouse, and octagon house; and three – it’s an urban hike, which means you get to show off how natural SF really is and get in a workout.
Another one of those touristy things to do that’s totally worth it is walking the Golden Gate Bridge – the most photographed bridge in the world. Plus, the only way to truly understand the size of it is to stand atop it. Once you’re on the other side, walk down to Sausalito and go to Bar Bocce for pizza and bocce with water views, before taking the ferry back to SF.
If you’re not going to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (or even if you are), head to Crissy Field and walk along the promenade by the water until you get to this fort built for the Civil War that overlooks the Golden Gate. It’s a great place to take pics of the bridge, watch surfers narrowly miss jagged rocks and get a little history lesson while you’re at it. Don’t forget to high-five or high-10 Hoppers Hands when you get there.
Is Lombard Street technically the crookedest street in San Francisco? No, it is not. But the actual crookedest street in Potrero Hill isn’t paved with red brick and lined with perfectly manicured greenery and colorful hydrangeas. Which means THIS is the crookedest street your out-of-town guests want to see. Sure it’s touristy, and sure sometimes there’s a wait to drive down it, but hit it up on your way to Fisherman’s Wharf…if only because their delight will delight you.
If you get the sense that your friends or family members need to unwind, take them to the oh-so serene Japanese Tea Garden where you can meander on the winding paths past koi ponds, a Zen garden, native Japanese plants, and pagodas. And be sure to make them climb the famous Drum Bridge so you can take a picture.