West Coast USA Geography

from £1100pp

Based on 7 days

Suitable for Secondary Schools


An exciting long-haul destination for the inspirational geography teacher who is looking for a different and utterly unforgettable experience for students.

The states of Nevada, Arizona and Utah in the South West USA are home to some of the world’s most magnificent, and possibly best-known, geographical landscapes.  The Grand Canyon National Park attracts almost 5 million visitors each year who flock here to see the wonders of the canyon, which spans a phenomenal 1.2 million acres. Travelling amongst the vast desert, plateaux, mesas and buttes, mighty rivers, gorges and canyons allows your students to bring geography to life in one unforgettable trip.

You can start and finish your tour in Las Vegas or San Francisco.  Las Vegas is every bit as outrageous as the landscapes that surround it – but the question your students will want to answer is: is it as sustainable?

Our Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1

    Flight from the UK to McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas).  Transfer to your accommodation. 

    Take in the main sights with the Las Vegas Strip Bus Tour! 

  2. Day 2

    Black Canyon Adventure - this unique day trip starts with climbing aboard a motor-assisted inflatable raft and travelling through the spectacular Black Canyon, the natural gorge of the Colorado River immediately below Hoover Dam (National Historic Monument and an extraordinarily impressive structure).  Explore miles of history and geography weaved through the canyon walls, and prepare to see desert big horn sheep, osprey and great blue heron in their natural setting.

    Visit the Hoover Dam Visitor Centre - murals, maps, photos and other displays provide an introduction to the history of the Hoover Dam.  You can also take one of the elevators 500 feet down into the wall of Black Canyon.

  3. Day 3

    Day trip to Grand Canyon: Landscape and Management

    You will receive a knowledgeable commentary from your guide, while you drive through the Mojave Desert, along the Colorado River to the Grand Canyon National Park, a World Heritage Site.  A full day spent along the South Rim, and taking in the breathtaking scenery, is an exciting opportunity to understand the geology and landscape development of the Canyon.

  4. Day 4

    Transfer to San Francisco.

    Arrive at your accommodation.

    Evening spent at Pier 39 - a must on your list of things to do in San Francisco, with sea lions, waterfront dining, street performers, live music, shopping and more!

  5. Day 5

    Day trip to Yosemite National Park.

    This vast protected parkland, stretching across the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is home to three of the world's highest waterfalls.  There are valleys carved by glaciers, giant sequoias, lakes, meadows and forests of intense beauty and interest to student groups.  Let us know if you'd like us to arrange a talk with a Park Ranger!

  6. Day 6

    Explore the laid-back city of San Francisco on a guided tour.  This takes in Union Square, the Golden Gate suspension bridge and China Town.  Visit the waterfront tourist area of Fishermen’s Wharf, where boats still pull in fresh seafood to be served at its restaurants.

    Overnight flight.

  7. Day 7

    Arrive back home.

School Trip Accommodation


There is a good choice of accommodation in the States suitable for school groups.  Let us know if you have any particular favourites, otherwise we'll recommend the best option for you and your budget.

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Hoover Dam

West Coast USA Geography

from £1100pp

Based on 7 days

If this sample West Coast itinerary isn't quite suited to your group, get in touch with us and we'll put together a personalised itinerary for you.
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