Every part of California is amazing, but there’s truly something magical about San Francisco. Known for its hippie past (and present), architectural marvels, picturesque parks and historic attractions, it typically doesn’t take much to convince someone to visit the City by the Bay.
There’s never a bad time to explore San Francisco, but the foggy city really comes alive in the summertime. If you’ve been contemplating a trip, we’ll give you 10 good reasons to book one now. And don’t worry about getting around — while the city has great public transit, booking a car rental reservations San Francisco package will ensure you get to experience as much as you want.
Ready to see San Francisco this summer? Here’s why you should.
- Fisherman’s Wharf is amazing this time of year.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a huge tourist attraction in San Francisco — in fact, about 75% of first-time visitors go there. And yes, that means it will be crowded. But the breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge is the San Francisco Bay alone make it worth it… and the tasty seafood and quirky shops don’t hurt, either.
- You’ll fall in love with Golden Gate Park.
This sprawling park is actually larger than Central Park in New York City. Every year, more than 13 people enjoy hiking, picnicking, and relaxing here. And it’s beautiful in the summer, and often lively — the annual Outside Lands Festival will be held August 12-18, a time to gather and celebrate music, food, and wine.
- The city is walkable, and there’s no better time to walk there than summer.
San Francisco is a great city to visit if you’re on a budget. Super Cheap will set you up with a great inexpensive car rental San Francisco package, but we highly recommend parking your rental car now and then and going for long walks. Not only will you see fantastic architecture and find some hidden neighborhood gems, but thanks to the abundance of hills, you’ll leave town in better shape than when you arrived.
- If you love art, the summer festivals in the Bay Area will blow your mind.
The San Francisco Bay Area is full of creative types, including thousands of talented artists. You’ll find art festivals big and small all over the city and beyond this summer, including the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival July 14-15 and the Palo Alto Art Center that same weekend (which is free).
- The nightlife in San Francisco is fantastic.
If you like to go out, you’ll love the City by the Bay. Whether you prefer a chill dive bar, a dance club with a DJ, a gay club or a fancy cocktail lounge, you’ll find it here. All you have to do is decide what kind of mood you’re in.
- The film festivals will make a movie lover out of you.
San Francisco hosts dozens of film festivals every year, several of which are held in the summertime. This year, a few you can enjoy are:
- The Frozen Film Festival, July 20-23, which is a nonprofit organization that creates avenues for independent filmmakers and youth.
- The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 20-26, the largest and longest-running event of its kind.
- The Turkish Film Festival in August, which shows free Turkish films all over the city.
- You can catch a Giants game at AT&T Park.
AT&T Park is one of the best sports venues in the country, showcasing panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. And even if you’re not a baseball fan, you might be after you leave a Giants game. The energy is palpable.
- The food scene here is like no other.
Yes, you can eat in San Francisco anytime, and the food will always be delicious. But summertime means it’s patio season, which takes things to a whole new level. When you visit this city, you should always bring your appetite. The Bay Area also has plenty of summer food festivals to check out, like Eat Drink SF in August.
- The beaches are beyond beautiful.
Think you need to visit Southern California to experience a warm, sunny, sandy beach? Think again. Head to Ocean Beach, which is adjacent to Golden Gate Park and the Richmond District, and you’ll be amazed. Marshall’s Beach and Baker Beach are also popular spots.
- You can explore the country’s largest and oldest Chinatown when the weather is perfect.
Located on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street, San Francisco’s Chinatown is truly like no other. You’ll find exotic shops, markets, temples, museums and plenty of renowned restaurants here, not to mention a nice, relaxing vibe. Plus, it’s close to Union Square, which happens to be one of the world’s premier shopping districts.