Getting around San Francisco is relatively easy. However the city is not totally interconnected like London and New York City are. Unlike London and NYC, San Francisco is not geographically large and most sights and attractions are walking distance. However there are times visitors will need transport to connect to a few out of the way sights (Golden Gate Park and Golden Gate Bridge for example). That said most visitors find the public transport to be convenient and easy to figure out after very little study.
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San Francisco is located on the tip of a peninsula that extends off the west coast of California. To the west of the peninsula is the Pacific Ocean, to the east, San Francisco Bay. San Francisco itself is a relatively small city in both terms of geographic size and population (over 900,000) giving it what residents call “ a small town feel”. However the San Francisco Bay area that encompasses other familiar cities such San Jose, Oakland and Berkley is home to over 7 million.
San Francisco is at its best between April and September and the ideal time to visit (See below for extensive essential info if visiting then). Visiting between October and March should not be ruled out. However it should be noted that the weather during this time of year can be unpredictable.
San Francisco is one of the safest cities in the US to visit. Violent crime against tourists is virtually unheard of and the main areas of the city that are worth seeing (Union Square, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Castro) enjoy minimal crime rates-however that’s not to say petty thefts such as pick pockets or the lifting of an unattended purse don’t happen. Men should wear wallets in front pockets and women always hold to purses.
San Francisco is by far one of the easiest cities to travel to from anywhere in the world. The city is served by three major airports (two of which have direct rail link) and two major freeway systems.