Alcatraz Island can be reached via ferries that leave Pier 41 at Fisherman’s Wharf. Alcatraz was a former maximum security federal penitentiary that once incarcerated such notorious criminals as Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly and Robert Stroud, the “Birdman of Alcatraz”. A self-guided trail, cellblock tour, slide show and ranger programs are available. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing.
Cable Car Museum and Powerhouse Viewing Gallery contains models, photographs and relics of San Francisco’s first cable car, built in 1873. A video about cable cars describes how they work, and an underground viewing room enables visitors to observe the huge sheaves that guide the vehicles from under the street.
Carmel was established in 1904 by a group of artists and writers as a bucolic retreat. As the settlement grew, its founders fought the encroachment of paved streets, gas, electricity and other modern amenities, and stringent zoning ordinances have preserved Carmel’s village flavor and individuality. Carmel is an architectural conglomerate of international styles, reflecting the whims of the residents.
Chinatown More Chinese live in this “city within a city” than in any other place in the world outside of China or Hong Kong.
Fisherman’s Wharf with its picturesque sights and pungent smells, attracts millions of visitors annually. Along the waterfront are many restaurants, markets, import houses and souvenir shops. Fresh seafood and sourdough bread are favorite buys.
Ghirardelli Square is within walking distance of Fisherman’s Wharf and the Cannery. The 2.5-acre site comprises a complex of crenellated, white-trimmed brick buildings of the old Ghirardelli chocolate company, a woolen mill, apartments and other buildings that have been refurbished to house specialty shops, bakeries and international restaurants.
Golden Gate Bridge With a length of 8,981 feet and main span length of 4,200 feet, it is one of the longest single-span suspension bridges ever built. Its two massive towers are the world’s highest bridge towers, at 746 feet above the water. A clearance of 220 feet allows passage of the largest oceangoing vessels.
Golden Gate Park John McLaren, a Scottish landscape gardener and park superintendent 1887-1943, transformed a barren wasteland into this lush oasis with a dozen artificial lakes and a collection of trees and other plants of worldwide scope.
Lombard Street is often referred to as “the crookedest street in the world”. The street is so steep that they had to have a way to slow traffic down, so they made it crooked.
Mission Dolores The oldest building in San Francisco, it was founded June 29 and opened Oct. 9, 1776, by Father Juniper Serra. Masses are still held in the original Mission building, which features 4-foot thick adobe walls, redwood beams lashed together with rawhide to support the roof, and a ceiling painted with vegetable dyes. This building survived the 1906 earthquake, which destroyed much of the surrounding area.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Houses more than 500 species of marine life in more than 100 galleries and exhibits. Included is a million-gallon tank whose denizens, including sunfish, barracudas, tuna, sharks and green sea turtles, are visible through an acrylic panel 54 feet long, 15 feet high and 13 inches thick.
Muir Woods - Redwoods Over the Golden Gate Bridge and less than an hour from San Francisco, you will find the tallest living things-the redwoods. One tree is 252 feet tall and 14 feet wide. Most are 800-1,000 years old. The trees have matured and survived fires due to their thick bark, anywhere from 6-12 inches.
Nob Hill was the center of luxurious living in the last half of the 19th-century, when men who had made fortunes in railroading and gold mining built their houses in this territory. This place is full of history and lore.
Pier 39 at the foot of Stockton St. on the Embarcadero and two-blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf, is a festival marketplace with postcard views of the Golden Gate, Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, the San Francisco Bay and skyline. The pier has numerous fun-filled attractions.
Presidio served as an active military garrison almost continuously for 218 years. The Presidio was closed as an Army post in 1994, and its 1,480 acres transferred to the National Park Service. Within its boundaries are Fort Point, San Francisco National Cemetery, Fort Winfield Scott, Letterman Hospital and Crissy Field. The higher hills offer spectacular bay and ocean vistas.
Seventeen-Mile Drive is the scenic route from Pacific Grove to Carmel and a highlight of any visit to this coastal region. Points of interest along the way include Seal Rock, Cypress Point and Lone Cypress. Among the six golf courses on the route are Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Spy Glass Hill and Monterey Peninsula, scene of the AT&T Pro-Am Golf Tournament at the end of January and the beginning of February.
Telegraph Hill rises near the east end of Lombard St. and provides a panorama. Coit Memorial Tower, built roughly in the shape of a fire hose nozzle, memorializes volunteer firefighters.
Enjoy Your Bayside Experience
- Hotel accommodations (in quads)
- Security Provided Nightly
- Complete Sightseeing of the Area
- Professional Tour Escort
- 4 meals - 2 breakfast/2 dinner (3 day/2 night trip)
- 6 meals - 3 breakfast/3 dinner (4 day/3 night trip)
- All entrance fees and admissions
- All taxes, tips, and gratuities
- Coverage under E.T.C.'s Liability Insurance Policy
One totally free teacher / chaperone
for every ten students (in double occupancy)