The Perfect J1 Day In…San Francisco

10 Weeks. 10 Locations. 10 Perfect J1 Summer Days.

The J1 season has well and truly begun, with college campuses up and down the country buzzing with chatter about one topic…No, it’s not that Economics assignment (but make sure you get it done though), it’s where to spend your summer in 2018. More specifically, where in the US to spend your summer?

It’s not easy deciding whether your perfect day involves Times Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, Navy Pier or even exploring Oahu.

That’s why, over the next month or so we’ll be giving you our Perfect Day in ten of the most popular J1 destinations for 2018.

Trust us, we’ve been there and done it! First up – Can you guess?


The Perfect Morning in San Fran

Start your day off in the Castro District where you will find some of the best brunch spots. The Castro district is home to America’s first LGBT museum. The story of the U.S. gay rights movement can be seen all over the Castro District.

The Castro, San Francisco


Walk off all that brunch and take in some the history of SanFrancisco. Once cultured out, head down to the Fisherman’s Wharf and cool off with the lovely sea breeze. There are a few little gems in the very tourist heavy area.

The first one is the Musée Mécanique. Featured in The Princess Diaries film, Musée Mécanique is a unique arcade, with a mix of vintage and modern arcade games. Each game priced at 25 cents each, it’s a perfect way to have a great day without hurting your wallet too much!

San Francisco is Cycle City

Make your way out of the arcade to a stunning view of the San Francisco bay and Alcatraz Island. Like cycling? Rent a bike at one of the many bike rental shops, prices vary from $20 – $40 depending on the length of time you want to rent and the drop off point.

@sonhen13 had the right idea last summer!

Cycling is the best way to view the bay area and a popular choice of transport to explore the Golden Gate Bridge on. You’ll cycle around the bay, over the bridge and on to Sausalito where you can get the ferry ($12.50) back experiencing some of the most breath-taking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco as you go. Make sure you don’t get too caught up in the scenery though! The last ferry to take you back to where you began is at 7:45pm. The ferry will get you back just in time for a well-deserved bit of grub! Head to one of the many restaurants along the Wharf to be amazed by the local seafood on display.

Lazy Option: A trip to Alcatraz Island will take up most of your day. Make sure you book your ticket before you go as they are hard to come by in the summer months with the tour being so popular!

Catch A Game Before A Night Out in Castro

Power naps are an optional extra during this jam-packed perfect day in San Francisco. SF is home to the 49ers (they’re off in the summer though), the Golden State Warriors (Oakland so slightly cheating) and the Giants (Three baseball World Series wins since 2010).

AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants

For the purpose of convenience, take a trip to the ball game as per your J1 rite of passage and head for the 42,000 capacity AT&T Park where cheers, chants, nachos and beers (once you’re 21) and ample side draws to the action itself.

The Giants, win a lot more than they lose so embrace being a plastic fan, celebrate with gusto and then head back to the Castro district for a night to remember!

Have you started your J1 application yet? Even the US Embassy is urging 2018 J1ers to get started asap. As if you didn’t need more encouragement it’s the last week to avail of our J1 Basic package for just €99!

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