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San Francisco Student Tours: City by the Bay

San Francisco, CA
san Francisco student tours

San Francisco Student Tours: City by the Bay

San Francisco, CA

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Destination: San Francisco, CAType: EducationalSubject: History, Social Studies, Science, College Prep, TRIO, STEM, Literature, C3, Culinary

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From gold rush workers to beatnik poets, freewheeling hippies to tech yuppies, San Francisco has long hosted cultural revolutionaries. Our San Francisco student tour will take students to must-see sights like Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Park. Students will enjoy sweeping views of the Bay Area’s hills and Victorian rooflines, as well as visits to the city’s distinct neighborhoods. Of course, San Francisco student travel wouldn’t be complete without plenty of chances to snap pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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  • Alcatraz Island
  • Twin Peaks
  • Golden Gate Park
  • California Academy of Sciences

Day 1

Arrive in San Francisco

Explore Chinatown

North America’s oldest and largest Chinatown has influenced Chinese immigrant culture since its foundation in 1848. Students can immerse themselves in the neighborhood’s cultural heritage as they explore streets lined with herbal shops, restaurants, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon medallions.

Enjoy Lunch in Chinatown

Take a Guided Tour of the City

Discover the history of the famous Golden Gate bridge, navigate your way down the world’s most crooked street, enjoy panoramic views from Coit Tower and see historic Victorian homes known as “painted ladies.”

Check into Your Hotel

Experience a Broadway Show with SHN Theatres

Broadway productions come to life in San Francisco’s historic theaters.

city by the bay day 1

Day 2

Enjoy Breakfast at Hotel

Visit Fisherman’s Wharf

Now a popular tourist destination, this waterfront neighborhood’s distinct characteristics stem from the Italian immigrant fishermen who moved to San Francisco in the late 19th century to take advantage of the city’s influx of population following the California Gold Rush. See a sea lion colony on Pier 31 and visit shops along the pier.

Tour Alcatraz Prison

Located 1.5 miles off the coast of San Francisco, Alcatraz Island is the site of the first U.S. built fort on the West Coast, the federal penitentiary that hosted Al Capone and other infamous criminals and a Native American activist occupation.

Explore Golden Gate Park

Students can explore 1,107 acres of horticulturally diverse grounds filled with gardens, lakes, trails, cultural venues and monuments. Highlights include the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, Dutch Windmills and a paddock that hosts a herd of Bison.

Visit the California Academy of Sciences

One of the world’s largest museums of natural history includes a planetarium, an aquarium, a rainforest exhibit enclosed in a glass dome, geophysical exhibits and more. Since its establishment in 1853, the museum has consistently carried out research in a variety of fields.

Fishermans Wharf

Day 3

Enjoy Breakfast

View San Francisco from “Twin Peaks”

Located near the geographic center of San Francisco, two of the city’s highest hills offer panoramic views, natural vegetation and a lovely opportunity for students to stretch their legs.

Visit Aquarium of the Bay

Located at the edge of Pier 39, this aquarium showcases species found within the bay. Check out kelpfish, eels, gobies, sturgeons and over 50 species of sharks.

Enjoy Lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf

Visit Coit tower

Built with the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, an eccentric socialite with a penchant for firefighting, this 210-foot art deco tower was adorned by murals during the New Deal.

Check Out of Hotel

Depart for Home

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