Originally built to display works of art for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, the Palace was meant to be a temporary structure, but in the end was deemed too beautiful to see destroyed. Today, its grounds feature a (now structurally sound) replica of the original rotunda, a 966-seat theater, and a lagoon perfect for lazy afternoons watching people and wildlife swan about.
Address: 3601 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: +1 415-886-1296
SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast entirely devoted to 20th-century art, and today features over 33,000 works by artists such as Frida Khalo, Andy Warhol, and thousands more. The best part: it’s free to students and chaperones (just be sure to book ahead online).
Address: 151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: +1 415-357-4000
The cultural heart of the Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood, YBCA is an inclusive space dedicated to bringing art, performance, and film to the community it serves. Exhibits and performances are created with the goal of provoking dialogue and inciting social change.
Address: 701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: +1 415-978-2700
A 15-minute ferry ride will take you to the famous island featured in countless action movies and legends of epic escapes. Students can tour the prison, check out the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast, and mingle with colonies of gulls and egrets that have made a home here. Plus, there’s a view of a little-known bridge that isn’t too shabby.
Address: San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: +1 415-561-4900
It’s no surprise that the city of startups and tech giants is a treasure trove of fun, creative team building activities. Go on a wild scavenger hunt across the city, make a movie in a day (that you then get to screen), or challenge your crew to a game of trampoline dodgeball. Hop on over to our San Francisco team building blog post for more inspo!
Your group might be itching to get their blood pumping; luckily SF provides much in the way of hiking trails. Some have a rich history you can explore, while others offer unparalleled views of the ocean (complete with frolicking dolphins). Check out our list of fave trails in the Bay Area. Save your energy for the hike by having your charter bus drop you off right at the trailhead.
The water might be a little on the cold side, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a bomb beach day, replete with sun, sand, and some of the most Insta-worthy views this side of the Mississippi. We’ve got the lowdown on the more secluded spots, the rowdier scenes, and the, uh, clothing optional areas you might want to avoid.
Considered the #1 public university worldwide, UC Berkeley is more than just a school: it’s a way of life. With a storied history and a laundry list of traditions, from the Big Game rally, to rubbing the 4.0 ball for good luck, the Golden Bear spirit will remain with you long after you graduate.
Address:2227 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: +1 510-642-5215
Located right in the heart of the city, USF offers students a real taste of life as a San Franciscan. The school prides itself on its commitment to diversity, ranking fifth among U.S. national schools for student ethnic diversity. A top-ranked school in general, it really shines in the liberal arts and management departments.
Address: 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: +1 415-422-5555
For groups looking for an arts-and-culture-filled getaway, an LGBTQ+-friendly experience, or simply want the fun of a metropolitan setting with awe-inspiring nature at arms reach, San Francisco is where it’s at. Check out the sights at Fisherman’s Wharf, snap a pic of the famous Painted Ladies, or visit the trendy South of Market (- or SoMa, to locals) – for some arts, shopping, and great eats. Touring the Bay is a must, with the Golden Gate Bridge and Baker Beach topping the list.
The 21+ camp will undoubtedly enjoy a day trip to nearby wine country — especially when they’ve got a charter bus ferrying them back safely to home base after a day of sampling the region’s finest. In fact, booking a charter bus to get you and your group around the sprawling city and the Bay area is the smartest and easiest (and most budget-friendly) way for your classmates to get the most out of every minute of their week away from the books. So you can relax and let your hair down, the real San Francisco way.
Maul those Golden Bears! Defeat the Dons! Gather your school’s most raucous sports fans and fly your team’s flag on enemy territory. If you’re going to go to any city for a rally, make it San Francisco, especially if your school is playing UC Berkeley (or even if they’re not). Their Big Game rally is really a week-long party, and includes a cable car parade, dancing through the streets, and a humongous bonfire.
Whatever team you’re playing, renting a charter bus is the best way to get your group to the rally pumped up and ready to win. You can even go all out with a custom wrap for your bus if you really want to make your presence known.
With SF being home to some of the top schools in the country, it’s also host to dozens of student conferences held annually, in fields ranging from education, to interior design, to, of course, technology. Whether your group members are presenting or simply attending, a great way to get them there is by charter bus. It’s safe, cost-efficient, and, if you opt for a coach bus or mini coach bus, more comfortable than flying, by leaps and bounds – with the added bonus that you’re guaranteed not to lose your luggage.
If your group does fly into SFO, though, Conversely, the school bus or minibus rental will get you from the airport to your hotel in a flash, and will be ready and waiting for you as soon as you touch down; no more pairing off into costly cabs. You can also easily organize a daily shuttle from the conference to the hotel. And while you’re there, why not hit up some of the city’s hottest spots for networking and team building. After all, what’s student life without an equal balance of work and play?
With the world’s greatest tech giants (as well as hundreds of startups) in nearby Silicon Valley, San Francisco is undoubtedly the hotspot for those looking for work in the industry. In fact, most of the top paying jobs in the city are in STEM and business management fields, (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
For the same reason, job fairs in SF are highly competitive, and students must be prepared if they want to stand out in the crowd. A coach bus rentals, with its spacious seating and on-board WiFi, is the perfect environment for students to read up on the companies on their wish list, practice their pitches, and come up with a game plan for getting the most out of the busy fair. Read up on how to best prepare to wow recruiters and land that dream job here.
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