Make no mistake, San Francisco has year-round appeal but its most recent edge is really turning heads. It's a city that shines in the summer with comfortable temperatures, colorful views of hill-sloped neighborhoods. It's often referred to as Los Angeles' more refined northern cousin but San Francisco is a cool spot with big-city buzz and small-town charm. The arts scene isn't flamboyant as much as it is tasteful, and there's a pretty good chance – like a really good chance – that you're a fan of a musician or a band from the Bay Area. Visitors will also follow crowds to the Mission District, The Haight, The Castro and the tourist-loving Fisherman's Warf area which offers personal views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. With the sights, world-class cuisine and cozy cafes, there's no shortage of things to do to stay busy during your trip, just make sure to book ahead for the summer season. Sun-seekers are constantly booking weekends off to visit San Francisco and June, July and August remain the cities busiest months. If you're looking for a California beach experience, it also wouldn't hurt to check out Southern California – San Diego, in particular.