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Why You Should Visit San Francisco in Springtime


Spring has finally sprung in the Bay Area!  This region of California is beautiful to visit anytime of the year, but the city really comes alive in spring as the weather turns warmer, and all of the lovely flora and fauna reawaken from a brief winter slumber.

In March, San Francisco awakens to longer and warmer days, illuminated by a golden light, while the sweet aroma of jasmine permeates the air. The city bursts into life with blossoming flowers emerging from once-dormant buds throughout the city, adorning tree branches along streets, spilling over fences in overflowing bushes, and creating flower-filled patches on sidewalks.

The city comes alive with greenery that has been nourished by the winter rains, giving the entire area a lively and energetic atmosphere. Springtime also means there are a variety of plant and flower festivals to enjoy. Wildflowers are easily spotted on hiking trails, contributing to a general sense of cheerfulness and friendliness. Without a doubt, San Francisco is at its best during the spring season, making it a perfect time to visit.

Each distinctive district in San Francisco is bustling with activity, with both locals and tourists alike enjoying the pleasant weather and exploring all that San Francisco has to offer. With so much to do and see, it can be challenging to navigate through all the options and decide which ones should be included on your “must” see and do list.

One of the best ways to take advantage of the spring season surrounding the Bay Area is to explore the great outdoors by hiking one of the many scenic trails around San Francisco. The city proudly boasts lots of open outdoor spaces and preserved coastal areas that offer opportunities for hiking, biking, and other exciting adventures. Whether you prefer a day trip to explore places outside of San Francisco or prefer to visit the city’s popular attractions, there is no shortage of activities to keep you busy when visiting the Bay Area this spring.

We’ve provided a list below of must see attractions while visiting San Francisco.

1. Golden Gate Park

No trip to San Francisco is complete without a stop at the world famous Golden Gate Park.
The stretch of land from Lands End to the Golden Gate Bridge is part of the Golden Gate National Park system and features a network of trails, green spaces, beaches, and a golf course. The public beaches and coves are accessible via well-maintained trails, including China Beach, Baker Beach, and Marshall Beach. Walking along the shoreline of Marshall Beach leads directly under the Golden Gate Bridge and to Fort Baker.

Whether you have an entire day, or only a few hours, there is so much to do and see while here. From the traditional Japanese Tea Garden, the California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers, the de Young Museum, to Golden Gate Park’s miles of lakes, green lawns, bridle paths, and 7,000 varieties of plants, it is an area of San Francisco that should not be missed!

2. Visit the Presidio Area

San Francisco boasts an impressive array of green spaces, parks, and trails that offer stunning views of the city’s most famous landmarks. Beginning with the Golden Gate area and extending through the Presidio National Park, the bayfront at Crissy Fields, the Marina District, and all the way down to Fisherman’s Wharf, the city has preserved some of its most beautiful scenery for public enjoyment. Despite being a densely packed urban center, San Francisco offers numerous opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy nature and breathtaking views.

3. Night Tour of Alcatraz

This tourist attraction may not be for everyone, but it is perfect for those who enjoy a spooky, historical night out! Special programs that are only available on this tour offer an up close glimpse into what the lives of “residents” of Alcatraz was actually like. Visitors will also experience stunning sunsets and breathtaking views of San Francisco from the island of Alcatraz.

4. China Town

Visiting San Francisco’s world famous China Town is one of the most “touristy” tourist things you can do while visiting the Bay Area. Chinatown is a small neighborhood, only covering 15 city blocks, making it a great place to explore on foot. With its narrow streets and pedestrian alleys, walking is the only way to truly experience Chinatown.

The main attraction of Chinatown is the feeling of being transported to China as you stroll through Grant, Stockton, and the surrounding streets. You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, including Chinese produce markets, herb shops, tea shops, and dozens of authentic Chinese restaurants competing for business from locals, not just tourists. Stockton Street is typically filled with 90%+ Chinese pedestrians.

While exploring, be sure to check out popular sites such as the Dragon’s Gate, the Fortune Cookie factory, Taoist Temples, and Buddha statues. And don’t forget to indulge in the local cuisine and pick up a unique Chinese trinket that you wouldn’t find at home. Even the alleys are bustling with activity, people, and a rich culture.

Where to Stay When Visiting San Francisco

The Payne House, now a boutique hotel in San Francisco, is located on Sutter between Franklin and Gough, and was the last remaining large home in the area. It is noteworthy for its architecture, the Payne family’s contributions to early San Francisco history, and the role of its architect, William Curlett.

Architect William F. Curlett blended various Victorian styles, such as Eastlake and Stick, with the later Queen Anne Style, emphasizing spaciousness and openness in the design. The house was constructed with state-of-the-art plumbing, central heating, machine-made hardware, and contemporary materials. The toilet rooms were fully integrated into the house, a step up from the back yard privy, and featured hot and cold running water in lavatories and tubs.

Today, the Mansion on Sutter stands in its place as a prime example of San Francisco’s golden Victorian architectural era. The 17,000 square feet of living space includes art and antiques from the period and modern amenities. This luxury 5-star boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city, with 10 beautifully appointed guest suites and interiors inspired by both modern and classical tastes. Book your stay at Mansion on Sutter today!

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