San Fransisco

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Stopovers to Australia: San Francisco

Build yourself up to your Australian adventure. Prepare for your visit to one of the world’s friendliest countries with a visit to the US’ friendliest city.

 

Stopover San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Image credit: “Break of Dawn” by Jason Jenkins from Southbay,CA Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share via Wikimedia Commons

 

Ride a cable car, visit the infamous Alcatraz, walk or bike the Golden Gate Bridge or go to Chinatown. Discover the hippie history of Haight Ashbury (it’s full of boho-chic wine bars these days) and climb the many steps of Telegraph Hill. If the latter doesn’t ring any bells, you’ll have seen it in a million movies.

Do I need a visa for San Francisco?
If you hold a machine readable or biometric passport you should be able to stay for up to 90 days using the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). Find out how to apply online here.

What vaccinations do I need for San Francisco?
None, but check with your doctor eight weeks before you travel as requirements can change.
Do make sure your regular UK vaccinations are up to date.

Best time to visit San Francisco?
September to November. It’s warm (average 23°C) with less wind and fog so you’re more likely to be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge. Spring is fine but the wind can be a little harsher.

Summer is dry but can bring view-ruining fog. Winter is cool (13°C average) and rainy.



Whilst in San Francisco you must see...

The Golden Gate Bridge

Ever noticed how it isn’t actually golden? Not even in the slightest?

It is, however, magnificent.

It does seem to spend half the year covered in fog and the rest in a howling gale, but if you catch it with blue skies on a calm day it’s one of the most iconic and glorious walks in the country.

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