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West Coast USA
Basic price from
4 nights accom. & travel  for 40 students and 4 staff

Geography school trips to West Coast USA

Geography school trips to West Coast USA

Some incredible geographical wonders can be found along the West Coast of the USA including the Grand Canyon and the Yosemite Mountain Range providing plenty of learning opportunities for students on a Geography school trip. Compare the contrasting landscape of Muir Woods, an old growth redwood forest and Death Valley, a desert biosphere that’s the lowest, driest and hottest place in Northern America. No school trip to the West Coast is complete without visiting the Grand Canyon where you can encourage your students to investigate the scale of time required for the Colorado River to carve its path through the layers of rock within the deep chasm. With so many geographical differences to discover a Geography school trip to West Coast USA will inspire students when returning to the classroom.


Suggested Itinerary


      • day


        • Leave the UK and arrive in San Francisco
      • day

        Urban environments

          - Explore San Francisco
      • day

        Forest Ecosystems

        • Travel to Muir Woods
      • day

        Ecosystems and Geomorphology

        • Explore Yosemite National Park
      • day

        Hot Desert Environments

        • Transfer to Death Valley
        • Continue to Las Vegas
      • day

        Water Management and Hydroelectricity

        • Tour Hoover Dam
        • Travel to the Grand Canyon
      • day

        River Landscapes and processes

        • Discover the Grand Canyon
        • Travel back to nearest airport for departure
      • day


        • Arrive in the UK


Itinerary price from: £1295

Price details

Priced based on:

  • 6 night tour for 40 students and 4 staff

Price includes:

  • Return international flights
  • Return airport transfers by coach
  • 5 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation on a bed-sharing basis
  • 1 night full board accommodation
  • Standard insurance
  • Entrance to excursions based on above itinerary


Case Studies

KEY TOPIC: Urban life

Case Studies

Main Case Study Opportunities

      • San Francisco
      • Las Vegas

KEY TOPIC: Ecosystems (hot desert, forest, upland)

Main Case Study Opportunities

Case Studies

      • Muir Woods
      • Yosemite
      • Death Valley
      • Grand Canyon

KEY TOPIC: Resource Management: Energy/Water

Main Case Study Opportunities

Case Studies

      • Hoover Dam
      • Las Vegas
      • Grand Canyon

KEY TOPIC: River landform and processes

Main Case Study Opportunities

Case Studies

      • Grand Canyon – Colorado River


Curriculum Links


      West Coast USA Accommodation - HI - San Francisco Downtown

      HI - San Francisco Downtown

      • Fantastic Location
      • Recently renovated

      The HI-San Francisco Downtown is a popular, clean and central hostel that is great for groups.

      Location: Just a block from Union Square and is at the centre of everything such as the Cable Carts, China Town and the many shops, restaurants and theatres.

      Facilities: There is a common room, kitchen area and a theatre style TV room. Free WiFi is also available.

      Accommodation: The hostel has 4 to 8 bedded dorm rooms with private and shared facilities. Private rooms are also available at an extra supplement.

      Meals: Free breakfast available.

      West Coast USA - Radisson’s Hotel – Fisherman’s Wharf

      Hotel Zephyr - San Francisco

      • 2 miles from airport
      • Swimming Pool

      Experience fantastic views of San Francisco Bay at this super elegant and stylish hotel.

      Location: Minutes away from San Francisco's best attractions, Hotel Zephyr is close to Pier 39, the ferries to Alcatraz and the historic cable cars.

      Facilities: A fantastic option for groups, Hotel Zephyr features a large outdoor area complete with a fire pit and games area. Other amenities include a shared lounge/TV area, on-site coffee house, snack bar, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

      Accommodation: All rooms have recently been renovated with with en-suite facilities and air conditioning. Rooms are based on a bed share basis, with single bed accommodation available at an extra supplement.

      Meals: A variety of fantastic restaurants are close to the hotel and we can arrange meals upon request.

      West Coast USA - Sportsmen Lodge Hotel – Los Angeles

      Sportsmen Lodge Hotel - Los Angeles

      • Near Universal Studios
      • Swimming Pool

      Location: Located on Ventura Boulevard and is just 4 miles from Universal Studios.

      Facilities: The hotel has a great outdoor swimming pool and spa tub. WiFi access is also available.

      Accommodation: En-suite with double or double/double rooms with king sized beds and air conditioning. These will be based on a bed share basis, with single bed accommodation available at an extra supplement. The rooms also feature private balconies and patios where you can enjoy the city and pool views.

      Meals: The hotel has restaurant facilities and all meals can be arranged upon request.

      West Coast USA Accommodation - Clarion Las Vegas

      Clarion Las Vegas

      • Excellent Location
      • Swimming pool and Spa

      The Clarion Hotel® is close to the activity of Las Vegas strip while still being safe and convenient for schools.

      Location: : Located within walking distance of the north end of Las Vegas strip and the Las Vegas Convention centre.

      Facilities:With an on-site casino the hotel also features an outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness centre, picnic area and public computers with Internet access.

      Accommodation: Guest rooms offer coffee makers, hair dryers, pillow-top mattresses, cable television.

      Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.

Subject Specific Excursions

The Grand Canyon *(Itinerary specific)

One of the biggest wonders in the world, the Grand Canyon is a majestic gorge in the Colorado River. Students can study local geology, examine visitor pressure and practice field skills.

Las Vegas City *(Itinerary specific)

Visit the glitziest city of the world, where you're sure to be dazzled by its lights and vibrant life. A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multi-coloured rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness.

Death Valley *(Itinerary specific)

Death Valley is a fantastic geographical site to explore being the lowest, driest and hottest part of North America. Holding the record for the highest recorded air temperature in the world – 56 degrees.

Yosemite National Park *(Itinerary Specific)

One of the first wilderness parks in the United States, Yosemite is best known for its waterfalls.

California Academy of Sciences

One of the largest Natural History Museums in the world. Home to an aquarium, a simulated earthquake, over 40,000 live animals, a planetarium, a rain forest and an abundance of other awe-inspiring exhibits: the California Academy of Sciences is a great addition to your tour.

Aquarium of the Bay

Learn about conservation, climate and sustainability at San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay. Have the chance to come face-to-face with the Pacific’s most fascinating residents: sharks, octopus, eels and thousands of other marine animals – walk through the crystal tunnels and explore the wonders of the Bay in an experience you’ll never forget!

Quick Tip: If you have an excursion in mind which you don't see listed, please get in touch so we can do our best to arrange it for you!

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