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.
Check in to UK airport for flight to San Francisco.
Arrive and transfer to your accommodation.
Take a stroll around Fisherman's Wharf.
Tour of Silicon Valley.
Visit the Computer History Museum.
Visit the Museum of Modern Art.
Take a walk over Golden Gate Bridge, visit the Museum and Botantical Gardens.
Take a ride on a Cable Car and visit the Cable Car Museum.
Visit to and tour of Alcatraz Island.
Take a visit to China Town and maybe some souvenir shopping.
Overnight flight back to the UK.
Arrive UK airport, onward return travel to school.
Top Tips from Our Travel Experts
"San Francisco is one of America’s most vibrant cities. Close to the centre of America’s tech industry, the city is both full of history and extremely modern. Take a cable car down to Pier 39 and watch the seals basking in the sun whilst eating a bowl of clam chowder or an ice cream from Ghiradellis. A trip to the island of Alcatraz for a headset tour of the former maximum security prison, once home to some of America’s most notorius criminals. See where they ate, slept and planned daring prison escapes before being closed for good in 1963. Before you finish your educational programme be sure to take a tour of San Franciscos lively and colourful neighbourhoods. From Chinatown to the vast shops on Union Square, to the Castro and Haight Ashbury. Each neighbourhood is unique, with photo opportunities a plenty"