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Hotspot Highlight: San Francisco

Focus on: the United States

By Alex Braelow

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Mark Twain is alleged to have said that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. Taken on its face, this is not a witticism to file under ‘flattery.’

Nevertheless, there is a good deal of truth to it. San Francisco is a chilly place. It’s surrounded on three sides by water, it’s windy, and when Karl (that’s what some locals call the infamous fog) comes rolling over the Golden Gate bridge, it’s your cue to pull out your windbreaker and head for the hills.

So, why, you might ask, are we focusing on such a miserably cold place? Well, 1) it’s a legitimately beautiful city, 2) we might be overstating how cold it is, and 3) every other part of the world seems to be melting from extreme Summer heat waves. For example, it’s gotten so hot in the UK that long lost neolithic monuments are emerging from 5,000 years of slumber (no, really).

But I digress. If you’re trying to beat the heat, a cold San Francisco summer is just what the doctor ordered. Whether you’re exploring Jack Kerouac’s old stomping grounds in North Beach, shopping for records on Haight-Ashbury, visiting the California Academy of Sciences, or strolling across the Golden Gate bridge, iPass SmartConnect™ will have you covered with an always best connected experience.