San Francisco is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States; famous for scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine. San Francisco’s landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square, and North Beach.
Located at the edge of the city’s dynamic South of Market district, the Moscone Center is just four blocks from Union Square, the City’s vibrant shopping district and the Powell Street cable car station to Nob Hill, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) and Muni Metro stations are within two blocks. Delicious restaurants are everywhere.
For more information about San Francisco, or other nearby pleasures in Northern California, visit the ASCB San Francisco Travel Website.
San Francisco is a city with temperate, though unpredictable, weather. You should bring layers of clothing and be sure to have a sweater, jacket, or coat as well as an umbrella. Average temperatures in December range from a maximum of 57°F / 19°C to a low of 46°F / 7.77°C. The average rainfall is 3.5”/ 9 cm.
To get a more timely sense of the weather, visit the weather page on SF Gate, a local news source for the Bay Area. You will find information about current conditions, as well as a five-day forecast.
The average restaurant tip is 15-18% of the total check and is not included in the check. The average taxi tip is 15% of the fare. And airport and hotel baggage handlers should receive $1 per bag.
The sales tax is 8.5%; hotel rates in San Francisco do not include a 14% occupancy tax, a 1.5% Tourism Improvement District (TID) assessment fee, or a $0.25 per day commerce tax, subject to change.
Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas. It is illegal to smoke tobacco products in any public gathering space in California, including parks, restaurants, bars, stores, and office buildings.
Walk “smart” when you leave the Moscone Center:
The City’s Outdoor Warning System is designed to alert residents and visitors of San Francisco about possible danger. Specific emergency announcements can be broadcast over any one of the 65 sirens which are located on poles and on top of buildings throughout all neighborhoods in San Francisco, Treasure Island, and Yerba Buena. They are tested at noon every Tuesday.
During the weekly test, the siren emits a single 15 second alert tone, similar to an emergency vehicle siren. In the event of a disaster, the 15 second alert tone will sound repeatedly for 5 minutes
If you hear the siren at a time other than its regular test on Tuesday at noon:
If you are indoors when shaking starts:
If you are outdoors when shaking starts:
Once the earthquake shaking stops:
If you are trapped in debris: