Geography tour to West Coast USA: 8 days, 6 nights

Geography tour to West Coast USA: 8 days, 6 nights

A geography school trip abroad to West Coast USA is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many students, offering a huge variety of unique learning opportunities. Your group will experience some and truly memorable geographical sights such as the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. A tour can be taken over a variety of durations with adjustments to the itinerary. See the 'Excursion Ideas' tab for further information or contact us to discuss possibilities.

Suggested itinerary

  • Day one
  • Fly from UK into San Francisco
  • Guided City Tour
  • Day two
  • Breakfast in accommodation
  • Alcatraz
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Trams
  • OR
  • California Academy of Science
  • Day three
  • Breakfast in accommodation
  • Visit Yosemite National Park
  • Day four
  • Breakfast in accommodation
  • Visit Death Valley National Park
  • Day five
  • Breakfast in accommodation
  • Hoover Dam
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Day six
  • Breakfast in accommodation
  • Transfer to Los Angeles
  • LA Guided City Tour (to include the Hollywood sign and other landmarks)
  • Day seven
  • Breakfast in accommodation
  • Morning at Venice Beach OR shopping at outlet mall
  • Transfer to airport & fly back to UK
  • Day eight
  • Arrive back in the UK

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Geography tour to West Coast USA: 8 days, 6 nights

  • Alcatraz

    Subject range: Cultural, History

    What you’ll experience:

    Alcatraz operated from 1934 to 1963 and is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons. Alcatraz was once home to some of the USA's most notorious criminals such as Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman". A must see opportunity whilst in this part of the globe! (Please see supervisory ratio restrictions below).

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    Special note - One adult leader (aged 21 years or older) is required for every nine students.

  • LA City Tour

    Subject range: Cultural, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    A local expert guide will escort you on your coach, whilst delivering valuable knowledge of the area and attractions. You’ll be able to hop on and off wherever you please. Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Hollywood are always group favourites.

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    This is a half day tour with a guide.

  • Universal Studios

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    This LA visit is a great way to reward your pupils and provide them with a well-earned break from learning. 

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    We can offer you reduced prices for school groups for this exciting theme park which offers many impressive rides and shows and includes the world famous back-lot tram tour.

  • Hoover Dam Tour

    Subject range: Science, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    For groups staying for two nights in Vegas, a visit to the famous Hoover Dam is a must. You can take a 30 minute tour of the Hoover Dam power plant and take a look around the visitors centre. 

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    You can also opt for the hour long guided tour, which includes the 30 min option plus a tour of the passageways of the dam itself.

  • Las Vegas

    Subject range: Cultural, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    An ideal location for the study of water resources, conflict, supply and management. This glitzy city, built in the middle of the desert, is a testimony to man’s ability to overcome the challenge of the physical environment. 

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    Groups can stay centrally near the main ‘strip’.

  • Grand Canyon

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    This vast chasm is arguably one of the most spectacular geographical sites in the world. Opt to take one of several set walks to explore this awe-inspiring canyon. A once in a lifetime opportunity! 

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    Stay over in nearby Tusayan.

  • Death Valley National Park

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    Pupils can experience first-hand Death Valley’s harsh, arid environment, dramatic scenery and landscapes. Your group will cross over the 5,000ft Towne Pass before taking a closer look at the desert. 

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    One of the hottest places on earth, this region is contrasted by the dramatic backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

  • Yosemite National Park

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    A wilderness park renowned for the mountain and valley scenery, waterfalls, grand meadows and forests containing the groves of giant sequoias.

     

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    Main route through Yosemite is shut November to April, but can still visit areas of the National Park.

  • Pier 39 & Fisherman's Wharf

    Subject range: Cultural, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf is a shopping centre and popular tourist attraction built on a pier in San Francisco. At Pier 39 there are shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performers, an interpretive centre for the marine mammal centre, the aquarium of the bay and virtual 3D rides.

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    A highlight is the views of California sea lions on the docks of Pier 39’s marina.

  • Muir Woods

    Subject range: Science, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    An opportunity to observe a truly remarkable ecosystem, only 30 minutes from San Francisco! On your morning coach excursion, pupils will observe the diversity of flora and fauna. 

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    The giant Redwood Sequoia trees will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance understanding of ecosystems.

  • San Francisco City Tour

    Subject range: Science, Cultural, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    San Francisco city lies on the world-renowned San Andreas Fault, and is well documented for its approaches to hazard management. Admire the amazing view of the city from Twin Peaks, opt for a San Francisco Bay cruise under Golden Gate Bridge, visit Alcatraz, or head down to the famous Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. 

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    We highly recommend a visit to the new California Academy of Sciences. The Academy recently opened a new 400,000 square foot facility which houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a four-storey rainforest all under one roof.

Geography tour to West Coast USA: 8 days, 6 nights

Learning areas:

Human Geography:

· Water supply/conflict
· World cities
· Tourism
· Hazard management
· Urban issues
· Cultural diversity
· Pollution & health

Physical Geography:
· Tectonics
· Arid environments
· Extreme weather
· Ecosystems
· Fluvial systems
· Coasts

Geography tour to West Coast USA: 8 days, 6 nights

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    Comfort Inn by the Bay - San Francisco

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    Location: San Francisco

    This is a well-positioned hotel in San Francisco, located close to Fisherman's Wharf. Union Square, Pier 39 and the Port of San Francisco. Great accommodation for our groups.

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    Whitcomb Hotel

    Location: San Francisco

    A beautiful historic hotel dating from the early 20th century, well located in Market street, San Francisco.

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    Comfort Inn Oakhurst

    Location: Yosemite area

    Conveniently located off Highway 41, only 15 miles from the south entrance of Yosemite National Park.

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    Super 8 Bishop

    Location: Near Death Valley

    Located off Highway 395, the Super 8 Bishop hotel puts you close to many outdoors activities in the scenic Eastern Sierra area.

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    Hampton Inn Tropicana

    Location: Las Vegas

    Ideally located only a half-mile walk from the Las Vegas Strip.

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    Sportsmens Lodge

    Location: Los Angeles

    Offering excellent accommodation in Ventura Boulevard close to many Los Angeles attractions.

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