We have just come back from 17th Sep to 6th Oct. 2 Days Vancouver - 3 days San Francisco. Take layers from long jons(only worn on two occasions, glacier visits) to skimpy T Shirts and sun cream. Get good walking shoes, I lived in mine, even on ship durling the day. Wind and Showerproof light weight jacket.(Light in colour so you can be seen) You will have an amazing time. Research your stops and wildlife to get the most from your wounderful trip. from Sue in Cornwall.
Weather changes quickly in Alaska so be prepared. Alaska is also very causal. Bring along jeans, slacks, sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts (short and long sleeve), a rain jacket and comfortable walking shoes. In September the high is around 54F.
Seattle is known for its rain but will be warmer in the 60sF with average rainfall of 2".
September is a great month for san francisco. usually less fog and rain and in mid 60s but can be hotter. The advice from the tourist board is as follows:
Layers, layers, layers. Even in the warmest months, San Francisco visitors should always bring a light jacket. Unexpected upswells from the deep and frosty Pacific Ocean and chilling blasts sweep over San Francisco without notice and can change San Francisco's weather in an instant. Overall, jeans, light sweaters, long sleeve shirts and close-toed shoes make up the typical San Franciscan's wardrobe, with the occasional voyeur daring a short skirt (pared with a heavy jacket) and sandals in the "summer" months.
Do what I did - go to google and put in 'vancouver in september' etc. Advice abounds. Have a lovely time.
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We sailed to Alska in June this year from San Francisco through to Vancouver and likewise wondered what clothes to pack. In June the temperatures ranged from 85' in San Francisco to 75' in Skagway and down to 62' in Vancouver where it rained for a couple of days. I would suggest you look at the ten day weather outlook before you leave, but would certainly pack a lightweight waterproof and a jumper, just in case.........we were extremely lucky when we sailed. Regarding currency, American dollars will suffice for most of the holiday, although I would take Canadian dollars for Vancouver.
I have done 13 nights Akaska Cruise with RCCI Srenade of the Seas on the 20th of September to Los Angeles from Vancouver. I had a pre- cruise one night stay in Vancouver before going to Ballentine pier in Vancouver to join the cruise to Los Angeles. Please bring with you the following : A winter coat/water proof windbreaker coat with a hood, pullover, a cardigan, a muffler. a formal shoes, a walking or trainee shoes on shore trips, a room slipper. I find that having the nationwide debit card is most useful and cheaper in paying or withdarawing money from ATMs. I had American and canadian dollars with me but i only use themon small purchases like postcards and stamps. I use also my nationwide debit card against my seapass on the boat and I find this cheaper when the money is taken from my account. Buy your excursion tickets on the quay side or on shore.
Jn alaska you will need american dollars in vancouver you will need canadian dollars.
Take either because now the canadian dollar is very strong and very good value against the US Dollar.
You will need some warm, water and windproof clothing, as it can get v.chilly.
You also need both Amercican and Canadian dollars, they are not interchangeable.
The weather is always mixed, and Alaska is in the rainforest - so layers (from strappy tops to a woolly jumper and waterproof jacket are a must plus sunglasses for the snow glare of the glaciers. I also find it quite cool on ships because of the air conditioning, so evening wear with sleeves, a pashmina or a jacket would be useful. Take US Dollars for Alaska, Canadian Dollars for Vancouver. Have a fantastic time - the scenery is breathtaking.