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Tailor-made School Trips to San Francisco

Reasons to Visit
Places to Stay
  • Overview

    San Francisco is one of the USA's most attractive cities. Famously hilly, its seven- by-seven square mile size also makes it surprisingly compact and accessible. While Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf are on every to-do list, it is the spirit of the city that makes it such an inspiring destination to take a school trip. Good times and social revolutions tend to start here from the original gold rush, the hippy sub-culture to the yet unimagined technology being developed at Silicon Valley.

    Built on the San Andreas Fault with Yosemite National Park so close the city has its fair share of natural and man-made wonders that demonstrate the resilience of the city. It may have lost almost everything in earthquakes but it never loses its nerve, and is a unique and interesting destination for a school trip or educational visit.

  • Reasons to Visit
    1. Alcatraz Island

      The formidable fortress in the middle of San Francisco Bay known as “The Rock” started out as a lighthouse station in 1854, but its isolated location made it an ideal spot for a penal colony. Infamous former inhabitants include Al Capone, George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly and Robert Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz. The audio cellhouse tour, narrated by former inmates and guards, offers accounts of life at the prison and escape attempts.

    2. Fishermans Wharf

      The best known neighbourhood in San Francisco is home to the city’s waterfront community where it'a rich seafaring history comes to life. Waterfront marketplaces and the Wharf's famous fishing fleet complete with sea lions basking in the sun, seafood stalls and steaming crab cauldrons; you know you’re in world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Souvenir shops and historic ships add to the atmosphere

    3. Golden Gate Bridge & Park

      Arguably the world's most beautiful bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County and can be experienced from near countless angles. Drive, bike, or walk across the two-mile long suspension bridge. The 1,000-acre Golden Gate Park, larger than Central Park, is located in the western area of the city includes several great museums, a botanical garden, and an arboretum.

    4. Golden Gate Bay Cruise

      Make your trip to San Francisco complete with a 1-hour Golden Gate Bay Cruise. You’ll depart Fisherman’s Wharf and cruise along the North Beach shoreline

    5. Coit Tower

      The view from here is one of the most impressive in San Francisco, taking in the Bay, two bridges, and the Marin Headlands.

    6. Cable Car Ride

      A visit to San Francisco wouldn't be complete without a ride on San Francisco's most notable form of transportation. Hop aboard and you'll be treated to a unique 9 mph rolling tour of the city that includes views of Nob Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, the Bay and Alcatraz Island.

    7. Cable Car Museum

      At this entertaining museum you can find out how the cars work, as well as view the cable-winding machinery that actually powers them. You'll also learn about emergency procedures, bell-ringing competitions and the workmanship that goes into each car.

    8. Chinatown

      Home to the largest concentration of Chinese outside China, San Francisco’s Chinatown packages exotic shops, restaurants, produce markets, temples and more within nearly two dozen downtown blocks.

    9. Yosemite

      Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find glacier-carved valleys, grand meadows, alpine peaks, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

    10. Levi Strauss Headquarters

      The Vault, the lobby exhibi?on space, has displays focusing on the history of the company, including jeans that saw the gold rush, videos about Levi's marke?ng and tex?le restora?on, and temporary displays such as the jeans made for celebs like Lady Gaga and Elton John. You can purchase Levi's and Dockers straight from the source at the cosy lobby bou?que. The wonderful Filbert Steps to Coit Tower are across the street.

    11. Wells Fargo Museum

      Located at the site where Wells Fargo first opened for business in 1852, the museum tells the story of how Wells Fargo provided banking and express services to pioneers in Gold Rush San Francisco.

    12. The Walt Disney Family Museum

      The museum features exhibits chronicling the life and legacy of Walt Disney.

    13. Sausalito

      Step aboard the Sausalito Ferry for ride to this delightful community just across the Bay. The city of Sausalito offers the charm of a quaint Mediterranean seaside village tucked amongst the hills of Marin County. Meander the narrow streets, browse through art galleries and shops, and dine at some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area, all the while enjoying stunning views of San Francisco

    14. Farmers Market

      Fort Mason Center transforms into a farmers’ market and its proximity to the Bay and view of the Golden Gate Bridge certainly makes it one of the most scenic markets. The market is packed with vendors, offering beau?ful seasonal produce and prepared foods, and families.

    15. Winchester Mystery House

      The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose which was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. The Victorian mansion is renowned for its size, its architectural curiosi?es, and its lack of any master building plan. It is a designated California historical landmark and is listed on the Na?onal Register of Historic Places.

    16. Barbary Coast Trail

      Barbary Coast Trail is a walking tour that connects the City’s most important historic sites marked by approximately 180 bronze medallions and arrows embedded in the sidewalk along the 3.8 mile route. The sites of the trail date from the California Gold Rush of 1849 to the Earthquake and Fire of 1906, a period when San Francisco grew from a small village to the busiest port on the West Coast.

  • Places to stay
    • HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

      Ideal location offering unbeatable views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island - 2-6 bedded rooms - Shared facilities - Cafe, common room & games room

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