USA West Coast
The dynamic states of the USA’s West Coast are a perfect choice of destination for a school geography trip. Spectacular canyons, volcanic activity, diverse ecosystems, dynamic rivers and sprawling coastal urbanisation will allow your students to see geography in action. Combine your trip with some amazing sightseeing options, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, all of which will highlight the human impact on the landscape and the methods employed to try to overcome the environmental challenges faced in the area.
Popular activities include visits to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park, although we will tailor make a trip that will meet your group’s specific requirements. Our curriculum-based tour will be suited to your study aims and designed to inspire your students, firing their enthusiasm for geography.
|Day 1||Board your flight to Phoenix||Arrive Phoenix and transfer to your hotel||
Evening meal at your hotel in Phoenix
|Day 2||Travel to the Grand Canyon||
Walk along the South Rim to view the millions of years of wind and water erosion that have created the Canyon
Continue to Tuba City
Evening meal and overnight in Tuba City
|Day 3||Travel to Monument Valley to view the desert plain with its gigantic sandstone monolithic structures||
Lunch of Navajo specialities followed by a jeep tour with Navajo Indians
Arrive Page late afternoon, making stops at Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam
Western meal with live country music show and overnight in Kanab
|Day 4||Beautiful drive crossing the plains to Bryce Canyon to view its pink cliffs||Continue to Las Vegas||
Buffet meal and overnight in Las Vegas
|Day 5||Travel to the Valley of Fire offering superb multicoloured desert landscapes, strangely eroded rocks and 150 million year old sand dunes||
Continue to Lake Mead and visit the Hoover Dam on the famous Colorado River
Return to Las Vegas
Meal and overnight in Las Vegas
Leave Las Vegas for Death Valley, approx. 320 ft below sea level
Discover Badwater Point, the lowest spot in the valley, Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Sand Dunes
Visit the Borax Museum displaying the history of mining in Death Valley
Continue to Mammoth Lakes
Meal and overnight at Mammoth Lakes
Drive to Yosemite National Park, a clear contrast to the landscape previously visited
Discover Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls
|Drive down from the mountains across the fertile agricultural lands of Central Valley to San Francisco||
Meal and overnight in San Francisco
|Take a guided tour of San Francisco including the Bay, Chinatown, Union Square and more||
Visit Golden Gate Park and the California Academy of Science with its excellent Earthquake Exhibition
Photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf for meal and overnight in San Francisco
|Morning at your leisure for a little shopping||Transfer to the airport for your return flight||
Overnight on flight
|Arrive the UK||
This price includes:
- 8 nights' half-board accommodation (plus 1 lunch)
- All flights inclusive of tax
- Airport transfers in the US & dedicated coach throughout tour
- Services of a guide throughout tour
- National Park & California Academy of Science entry fees
- Free staff place ratio 1:10
- Detailed information pack
- Travel & medical insurance
- Itinerary planning service
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