School trips to the USA are increasingly popular and surprisingly affordable. Your students will love exploring a country that they will in many ways be familiar with, thanks to TV and films, but may not have had the opportunity to visit.

Whatever your subject, a school trip to the USA is one that your students will never forget, making it the perfect option for inspiring in them a passion for your subject.

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Why visit the USA?

The influential culture

School trips to the United States are always a hit with students because American culture is so far-reaching. Your students will have grown up watching American films and TV programmes and listening to American music. So if you’re looking for a school trip to inspire performing arts or media studies students, then the USA could be the perfect answer!

Why not discover the history of American music on a school tour of the South, from Nashville to New Orleans? Or learn more about the media in North America on a trip to Los Angeles?

And you can even explore the American fashion industry and art scene on a school trip to New York City.

The huge choice of destinations

The hardest thing about a school trip to America is choosing which of its incredible cities to base your group in.

New York is a city that always makes a great impression on students of almost any subject and, being on the East Coast also offers some of the shortest flight times.

Also on the East Coast, Washington D.C. really is a must for any groups interested in the history or politics of the USA.

In the South, you could choose to visit Atlanta, where your students will have the opportunity to explore the civil rights movement and its most famous figures. Or take a tour of some of the most important cities in the South, such as Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, where your students will learn more about the country’s musical heritage.

And don’t forget about the West Coast, where you can choose to experience the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles or learn more about the USA’s fascinating geography in San Francisco.

The perfect destination for any school trip

America is a huge, diverse country and this is reflected in the variety of educational opportunities it offers for school trips.

New York City offers educational opportunities for most subjects, including food technology, business studies, maths and religious studies.

Perhaps you want your students to see science in action on a science school trip to Orlando, where you’ll explore the physics of rollercoasters and learn more about space exploration at the Kennedy Space Center?

Why not head out west to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park to explore the USA’s spectacular geography? The possibilities are almost endless, which also makes the USA a great choice for cross-curricular trips.

We’ll tailor your trip to meet your specific learning requirements so, whatever the motivation for your educational tour to America, we’ll ensure that your learning objectives are supported by a well-designed itinerary.

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Take a look at our range of USA school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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Where to visit in the USA

School Trips to Atlanta

A school trip to Atlanta offers your students the exciting opportunity to explore the Deep South!

Atlanta school trips are most popular with political history groups studying the civil rights movement. Atlanta was an important city for the civil rights movement and was home to Martin Luther King Jr. and many other key figures who fought for desegregation and racial equality.

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School Trips to Los Angeles

School Trips to Los Angeles

A school trip to Los Angeles will provide your students with the exciting opportunity to experience the glamour of Hollywood!

Los Angeles school trips are a great option for both media studies and performing arts groups. There are many exciting activities to enjoy here, including being part of a live studio audience and taking a tour of the Sony Pictures Studios.

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View of Manhattan skyline in New York

School Trips to New York

School trips to New York are an unforgettable experience for any student and one that will be remembered forever!

New York is a great destination for many different subjects, including art, business studies, design and technology, fashion, food technology, maths, media studies, performing arts, politics and religious studies. And with so many options, it's ideal for cross-curricular tours too!

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School Trips to Orlando Florida

School Trips to Orlando Florida

School trips to Orlando, Florida are an incredible, unforgettable option for any science group!

If you're looking for a school trip that will inspire your young scientists, Orlando will take some beating. Visits here can include the Kennedy Space Center, as well as STEM workshops offered by some of the theme parks Orlando is famous for.

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School Trips to San Francisco

School Trips to San Francisco

School trips to San Francisco are a hugely exciting option for geography groups!

With its history of devastating earthquakes, San Francisco is the perfect option for any group interested in how populations in seismically active areas can prepare for earthquakes and prevent damage. And a school trip to San Francisco also offers the opportunity to visit Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.

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School Trips to The Grand Canyon

A school trip to the Grand Canyon offers your students the unmissable opportunity to explore one of the most fascinating landscapes on Earth!

Grand Canyon school trips are very popular with geography school groups who come here to find out how physical processes have affected land formation in the area. You can also visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.

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School Trips to Washington DC

School Trips to Washington DC

School trips to Washington D.C. are ideal for any politics group interested in US political history!

Your students will love this opportunity to explore how the US federal system works. They'll also have the opportunity to learn more about the life and death of Abraham Lincoln. And they'll deepen their understanding of the civil rights movement.

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School Trips to New Orleans

School trips to New Orleans are an exciting opportunity to learn more about the fascinating history and diverse culture of the USA!

Ideal for performing arts groups keen to explore the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans is a fantastic choice of destination for any history or politics groups learning about slavery or the American Civil War too.

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School Trips to Nashville

A school trip to Nashville offers your students the exciting opportunity to discover America’s musical heritage!

Nashville school trips are really popular with performing arts groups who want to learn more about the USA’s incredible musical history. One of the highlights will be a visit to the studios where Elvis first recorded.

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Activities and excursions in USA that your school group will love

Guggenheim New York

Guggenheim New York

The original Guggenheim museum, conceived by Solomon Guggenheim in 1937 as an exhibition space for twentieth-century art, is a must… Read More

Financial District Walking Tour

Financial District Walking Tour

This four hour guided walking tour, weavestogether history, events, architecture and the people of Downtown - the birthplace of New… Read More

Broadway Workshops

Broadway Workshops

We can arrange a selection of Broadway related workshops from the Audition Process, Singing and Choreography, Stage Combat as well… Read More

Alcatraz Cruises

Alcatraz Cruises

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that… Read More

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

A science tour to Orlandois not complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center. Just 45 minutes from Orlandothe NASA’s… Read More

Universal Studios

Universal Studios

You’re the star at Universal Studios, the number one movie and TV based theme park in the world. At this… Read More

Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution

The world's largest museum complex and research organization is composed of 19 museums, 9 research centres and the National Zoo.… Read More

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial stands at the west end of the National Mall as a neoclassical monument to the 16th President.… Read More

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is a spectacular sight and not to be missed on any trip to Utah. The name… Read More

NatureBridge Yosemite

NatureBridge Yosemite

NatureBridge Yosemite gives your students the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature, among the stunning surroundings of Yosemite National Park.… Read More

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is surrounded by the towering cliffs andis known for its incredible canyons, including The Narrows, which attract… Read More

National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles… Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.

To travel to the USA on a school trip, you will usually require a Electronic System for Travel Auuthorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. This can be applied for online and costs $14. There may be different requirements for members of your group travelling on a non-British passport. You can find out more on the US state department website.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!