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Itinerary for School Trips to San Francisco

Posted by Michaela Ruffino on September 9, 2020

Itinerary for School Trips to San Francisco 

A city famous for a variety of things, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the cable cars! San Francisco has been known as influencing a large part of California's history. Students traveling with GO Educational Tours on their school trip experience a customized and personalized itinerary.  Our sample itinerary for school trips to San Francisco offers three days full of historical and tourist loving attractions in San Francisco perfect for students. 

Day 1: 

  • Golden Gate Bridge Park

  • Chinatown Exploration 

Day 2:

  • Alcatraz Island

  • California Academy of Sciences

  • Painted Ladies

  • Fisherman's Wharf

Day 3:

  • Coit Tower

  • Cable Car Experience

Below you will find more details about our San Francisco trip itinerary: 


  • Day One: Golden Gate Bridge Park and Chinatown Exploration

Student groups start their school trip day one with traveling to the beautiful city of San Francisco. The first attraction on our itinerary visits the famous Golden Gate Bridge park! This bridge opened in 1937 and suspends 1.7-miles between San Francisco and Marin counties. The park itself offers a welcome center with exhibits, purchasable merchandise and a beautiful view! 


As the day continues, students are given an opportunity to visit San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood. Chinatown is located in the center of Grant Avenue and Stockton Street. This neighborhood is the oldest Chinatown in North America, as well as the largest known Chinese community outside of the continent of Asia! The Dragon Gate is the perfect school trip group photo backdrop. With the Dragon Gate being the entry point to Chinatown, this is the oldest street in San Francisco. A perfect first stop in this unique cultural experience neighborhood. 

golden-gate-bridge-1030999_1920 (1)The Golden Gate Bridge with students posing in the fog! 

  • Day Two Alcatraz Island, California Academy of Sciences, Painted Ladies and Fisherman's Wharf 

Day two is filled with memories of iconic San Francisco attractions. The California Academy of Sciences is among the largest museums of natural history in the world! Students are given the opportunity to visit this museum, which was completely rebuilt in 2008. Located at the heart of the Golden Gate Park, the Academy offers students of all ages a scientific expedition through the museum! From creature closeups to hands-on learning, the museum offers an exhibit for any visitor. Trip organizers that are planning a school trip to San Francisco can also check out the virtual tours and workshops offered directly on The California Academy of Sciences website


The itinerary continues to the famous Painted Ladies and Fisherman's Wharf. Student groups visiting the Painted Ladies enjoy one of the most photographed locations in San Francisco. A grassy square in one of the 11 historic districts, offers a stunning backdrop of skyscrapers and Victorian houses. 

Painted Ladies houses in San Francisco.The "Painted Ladies" houses in San Francisco!

  • Day Three: Coit Tower and Cable Cars 

Day three of the itinerary features an one of the kind experience for school trips visiting San Francisco. The San Francisco Cable Car system is the last working system of this type of transportation in the world! An unbeatable view of San Francisco as the underground cable is in constant motion. The cable car system was built in 1873 and has undergone numerous changes from earthquakes and debates. The cable car system is also the only mobile National Monument in the world! 

To end the school trip, students visit the observation deck of Coit Tower. A white concrete column perching from the top of Telegraph hill, has become an iconic part of the San Francisco skyline since 1933. This attraction provides a school trip 360-degree views of the city and bay. Trip organizers can choose to include a guided group tour of Coit Tower, which includes a docent-led tour of the murals and tower. 

View of Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill, in San Francisco, California.

The Coit Tower in San Francisco! 


San Francisco is a well rounded city for any type of tourist! GO Educational Tours would love to help plan your next itinerary for a school trip to San Francisco. 


View our San Francisco Itinerary!

By: Michaela Ruffino, Travel Specialist 

Topics: School trips, San Francisco

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