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.