Tailor-made Trips to San Francisco

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.

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Reasons to Visit

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.

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

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 National Register of Historic Places.

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.

The de Young Museum

The first M.H. de Young Museum opened in 1895. De Young, publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle, helped inspire the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park which, in turn, inspired the creation of a permanent museum in the area. The most recent renovation (by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron) was completed in 2005, The focus of the new design was on natural light and materials, including a copper facade that will oxidize over time and blend in with natural surroundings.

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.

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.

Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. Its holdings include nearly 15,000 treasures spanning 6,000 years of history, representing cultures throughout Asia. The museum's mission is to lead a global audience in discovering achievements of Asian art and culture

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.

Levi Strauss Headquarters

The Vault, the lobby exhibition space, has displays focusing on the history of the company, including jeans that saw the gold rush, videos about Levi's marketing and textile restoration, 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 boutique. The wonderful Filbert Steps to Coit Tower are across the street.

 

City Hall

Designed in 1915, this French Renaissance-style, Beaux Arts landmark is considered by many to be San Francisco's most beautiful structure. The 24-carat gilded dome is 306 feet above the newly refurbished building. Internal highlights include birdcage elevators, crystal chandeliers, oak panelling and skylights, all of which have survived three fires and a major earthquake. City Hall features art exhibits on the ground floor, including photography, painting and crafts. Free tours highlighting building history, art and architecture are available daily.

The Walt Disney Family Museum

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is one of the world’s most innovative museums of modern and contemporary art. Whether you’re interested in traditional painting and sculpture, extraordinary photography, visionary architecture and design, or cutting-edge multimedia installations there is something for everyone interested in art.

Silicon Valley Tour

Take a guided tour of the this world renowned high-tech hub and visit the campuses of some of the biggest names in technology. Visit the googleplex campus and take photos with the famous android statues, visit the Apple Company Store, unique in the world as the only place that sells Apple branded merchandise. While it is not possible to tour the individual company headquarters this tour offers students an insight into this unique region.

NASA Ames Centre

NASA Ames Research Centre is a key facility for many of NASA's missions and projects. Come to the Exploration Centre and learn about the amazing NASA facility. Current exhibits include Immersive Theatre, Mercury Redstone Capsule, Moon Rock, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), Kepler Mission and International Space Station Module.



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