Business Study Trips to San Francisco
Why San Francisco?
We think a Business study trip to San Francisco has great educational value. Business culture and practices have evolved significantly with technology a key influencing factor. From supplier to proprietor and through to the customer, technology is constantly evolving. San Francisco and the surrounding areas of California’s Silicon Valley is where innovation is continuing to push barriers. Iconic brands such as Apple, Facebook, Fitbit, Google, North Face, Pinterest and Twitter call the West Coast home, and they all use technology in new and inspiring ways.
From Gold to Google
Whilst technology plays a huge part in San Francisco’s business hub, it all began with the California Gold Rush in the 19th Century. When gold was found in the area, people flocked to move here. The population grew in San Francisco from 200 residents to 32,000 within 6 years. This eventually meant the area became the financial district for the whole West Coast and has been dubbed the ‘Wall Street of the West’. A visit to the state and its extraordinary businesses and monuments will give students the insight of how an economy is born and developed. All our bespoke tours cater to the curriculum topics you are teaching. We incorporate a mixture of the ‘must see’ excursions, and the more unusual tours and sights. A business study trip to San Francisco could involve spending a few days in the industrial part of San Francisco, visiting factories and the financial district. Then you could travel through the Silicon Valley down to San Jose, a big city with small-town charm. You may choose to even add on a flight to Seattle, where a visit to the Amazon HQ will provide a unique lesson in building a global business. The opportunities on the West Coast are endless!
What to do in San Francisco?
A stay in San Francisco isn’t limited to the city. With easy access to San Jose-the home of Silicon Valley, a tour here can really pack a punch. Below are some of the excursions and visits we can include.
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We tailor each tour to meet the individual educational needs of our groups, but our educational travel experts have crafted these sample itineraries to provide an idea of what a tour to San Francisco could look like.
To make the most of the ‘free time’ segments in your Business study trip to San Francisco, why not try out some of these ideas?
- Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Centre and Walk
- Raging Waters, Waterpark in San Jose
- A local mall
- Madame Tussauds
- Golden Gate Bay cruise
- The Walt Disney Family Museum
Flights to San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle are available through several airlines from regional airports throughout the UK. Aer Lingus offers pre-clearance in Dublin, allowing you to fly from your local airport, pass through US customs in Dublin, and avoid those lengthy queues when you land in the US. We will find flights to meet individual requirements and budgets.
Where to Stay
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf
Located near the ever-popular Fisherman’s Wharf, this hotel is the perfect base for students to explore the city. It offers a delicious breakfast buffet and WI-FI, as well as comfortable yet simple rooms.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa Clara
Located on El Camino with local shops and restaurants nearby, this hotel is ideal for a stay in San Jose. Stylish rooms with TVs, I-Pod docks and coffee and tea facilities provide a comfortable experience in this fantastic city. Breakfast is provided.
When to visit San Francisco?
If you want warm temperatures, visit San Francisco between September and November. The winter months can be chilly, but provide fantastic rates for hotels and excursions, whilst the summer is a tourist’s haven with numerous local fairs and events.
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