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San Francisco in Nov/Dec

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San Francisco in Nov/Dec
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Hi there to fellow travellers and the locals over there in the City by the Bay! Hope this finds you in fine spirits. I am thinking of visiting San Francisco sometime in late Nov/early Dec at year's end. Just one question: what's the weather usually like at that time of the year? Will most attractions be closed and will the weather hamper driving outside the city. I'm thinking of making side trips to Carmel and Monterey as well as the Red Woods and Yosimite Park. What do you think? Any ideas and suggestions would be much appreciated from any seasoned travellers!

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«what's the weather usually like at that time of the year?»

At the TouringSFO site http://geocities.com/touringsfo/ is the DON'T-MISS SIGHTS IN SAN FRANCISCO page that includes a WEATHER chart. Rain is possible but not likely.

«Will most attractions be closed»

It is extremely rare that anything here is closed on account of weather.

«will the weather hamper driving outside the city.»

Only if you go into the Sierra. The snow level is usually higher than four thousand feet.

«I'm thinking of making side trips to Carmel and Monterey»

Please visit the DRIVING DIRECTIONS page geocities.com/touringsfo/…DriveDir.html where many of your questions are answered.

«as well as the Red Woods and Yosimite Park.»

Muir Woods, with its Tall Trees, is very close. Yosemite, with its Big Trees, is covered on the page of Driving Directions.

«Just one question: … What do you think?»

I think I answered four questions therefore I think one of us doesn't count very well.

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Thanks Swingcha! Appreciate your answers and expert advice!

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I usually go to SF in November (although it is usually mid November) and the weather is always nice. Not too warm or too cold. I don't think I have ever taken anything more than a jacket to layer up. The last time (2006), we went to Napa and it was perfect. Nice and warm, mid 70's.

Have a fun trip!

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Thank you 2manyjules! Does anyone out there know how best to enjoy San Francisco for a family of 4 without breaking the bank? The guide books I read do give me some ideas but perhaps the locals can give me some even better ideas? Thanks and any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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henrylee asked «how best to enjoy San Francisco for a family of 4 without breaking the bank?»

Among other helpful pages at the TouringSFO site at http://geocities.com/touringsfo/ site is the

DON'T-MISS SIGHTS IN SAN FRANCISCO page. Most of the attractions on the page are gratis, many of very modest cost.

Considering Singapore's economic strength relative to that created by the current President of the USA, your currency should purchase quite a bit of ours.

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Actually, the exchange rate is still about 70 cents to 1 USD, so SF may not be that much of a bargain for Singaporeans. It's the Brits that I'm jealous of!

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I also plan to visit during Thanksgiving time (Nov 24-29) to San Fran. I plan to make trip to Lake Taho as well as Yosemite. My questions are:

-What would be driving conditions while driving SFO->Yosomite, next Yosemite to Lake Taho?

- Can I drive with ordinary Compact/full size car or need SUV for bad road/snow conditions?

- Will most Yosemite & Lake Taho attractions be open?

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Yosemite and Lake Tahoe "attractions" (whatever that means) are outside. As far as I know the outdoors never closes.

It could be snowing in the Sierra or it could not. Most years not very much, snow is made by ski resorts so that over the Thanksgiving holiday skiers/boarders will be able to use the resorts.

If the weather reports indicate large snow storms then maybe you'd want to switch from your smaller car to an SUV. Most roads are regularly cleared of snow so that the only time you actually need 4 WD or tire chains is during the snow storm and before the road is cleared. Are you experienced enough to drive a car, SUV or otherwise in that kind of weather? Some roads (Tioga Pass, 4, 108) are closed in the winter and not cleared at all.

You should plan to use the west side of the sierra to pass from Yosemite to Tahoe. This means using 120 (Big Oak entrance, Groveland), 49 & 88 to travel between them.

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