Day 1 :
Welcome to San Francisco!
- Arrive in San Francisco:
Meet your WorldStrides representative and begin your once-in-a lifetime experience!
- Depart for Silicon Valley:
- Apple Park Visitors Center:
This architectural extension of the private campus provides unique views of Apple Park. You'll enjoy a daily tour on all things Apple.
- Computer History Museum:
Tour this museum that documents the vision behind the computer revolution and its impact on the human experience.
- Photo Stop at Googleplex and Android Lawn Statue:
- Dinner and Hotel Check-in:
Day 2 :
Explore Yosemite National Park
- Yosemite National Park:
Spend a day at Yosemite. First protected in 1864, this park is best known for its waterfalls, granite cliffs, clear streams, and giant sequoia groves.
- Yosemite Valley Tram Tour:
Spend the first half of your day learning about Yosemite and its history. Appreciate the majestic cliffs and scenic waterfalls, but also the rich stories of the wildlife, ecology, and people who have helped shape the national park as we know it.
- Engineering of Climbing:
Learn about the tools and techniques skilled climbers use to traverse the Earth's natural landscape before getting to the fun part - climbing in one of the best rock climbing areas in the world!
- Return to hotel:
Day 3 :
Monterey Bay and beyond
- Depart for Monterey Bay:
- Monterey Bay Aquarium:
Home to more than 623 species of plant and animal life, this interactive museum takes you on a journey through the sea. Explore collections including interactive touch tanks, tropical fish, sea otters, and a jellyfish exhibit that is simply electrifying.
- Beach Stop:
- Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park :
Take a guided walk between giants in this peaceful old-growth forest Using all five senses, learn about identifying the age of trees - including one that is over 1,200 years old! Students will bridge connections to park resources and inspire ideas about conservation.
- Hotel Check-in:
Day 4 :
Discover San Francisco's Iconic Sites
At this world-famous interactive science museum, students will explore the more than 650 hands-on exhibits, which cover topics from the human body to outer space!
- Alcatraz Island:
Learn about the significance of this historic location during the Civil War, and get familiar with the famed prison's transformation.
- Fisherman’s Wharf: Pier 39:
Explore the sights and scenes of Pier 39, situated along the San Francisco Bay. Laugh with the sea lions, enjoy performance art and live drama, or take time to watch the beautiful
- San Francisco Sightseeing:
Tour the city with your Course Leader.
- Return to hotel:
Day 5 :
Continuing Exploring San Francisco
- California Academy of Science:
Explore the many exhibits that fill one of the ten largest natural history museums in the world! Learn about the technological innovations that make the museum one of the most energy efficient buildings in the city.
- Golden Gate Park:
- Golden Gate Bridge:
Visit the 1.7 mile- long iconic “international orange” landmark, and glimpse the sights of the San Francisco Bay, including infamous Alcatraz Island. Consider the challenges facing the engineers and bridge builders in the early 20th century.
- Marine Mammal Center:
A scientific research center focusing on the rescue and rehabilitation of seals and sea lions. Learn how they treat the ill, injured or orphaned animals and return the healthy ones back to the wild.
Visit the biggest Chinatown in the U.S..
- Cable Car Ride:
Soak in the sights of the city as you ride one of San Francisco’s historic cable cars. Explore the mechanics, engineering, and history behind this unique transportation and how cable cars managed the steep slopes of the city in an age of horse drawn wagons.
- Return to hotel:
Day 6 :
- Breakfast and hotel check-out:
- Depart San Francisco for home: