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Geography Trips to West Coast USA
Create a trip of a lifetime for your geography students travelling to America's West Coast. With mega urban conurbations and spectacular geological phenomenon, this area showcases the extremes of man's achievement and nature's power. From San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, built on the San Andreas fault, to Las Vegas, a neon oasis in the heart of the Nevada desert, the mega cities of West Coast America show how man has overcome the challenges of the environment. Contrast Yosemite's waterfalls, glacial peaks and ancient sequoias, with the dry, arid and spectacular canyons of Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and of course the awesome Grand Canyon.
This region offers spectacular scenery, canyons, deserts, glittering cities and man-made wonders to provide an unforgettable geography experience.
Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4
- Urban sustainability
- Water and Energy
- Tectonic Hazards
Curriculum Topics Key Stage 5
- Contemporary urban processes
- Contemporary sustainability issues
- Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Check in to UK airport for flight to Las Vegas||Arrive and transfer to your accommodation||Time to explore The Strip, stay overnight in Las Vegas|
|2||Depart Las Vegas for tour of Zion National Park and on to Bryce Canyon||Overnight in Bryce or similar|
|3||Depart Bryce for tour of Grand Canyon National Park, including South Rim|
|4||Early Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour & Visitors Centre||Transfer to Las Vegas airport for return flight||Overnight flight back to UK|
|5||Arrive UK Airport, onward return travel to school|
|Morning||Check in to UK airport for flight to Las Vegas|
|Afternoon||Arrive and transfer to your accommodation|
|Evening||Time to explore The Strip, stay overnight in Las Vegas|
|Morning||Depart Las Vegas for tour of Zion National Park and on to Bryce Canyon|
|Evening||Overnight in Bryce or similar|
|Morning||Depart Bryce for tour of Grand Canyon National Park, including South Rim|
|Morning||Early Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour & Visitors Centre|
|Afternoon||Transfer to Las Vegas airport for return flight|
|Evening||Overnight flight back to UK|
|Morning||Arrive UK Airport, onward return travel to school|
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Reasons to Visit
Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)
Bryce Canyon National Park is named after just one of many canyons which form a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters on the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. Erosion has carved colorful Claron limestones into thousands of spires, fins, arches and mazes. Collectively called "hoodoos," these unique formations are whimsically arranged and tinted with colors too numerous and subtle to name. From late May through early September, the free Bryce Canyon Shuttle takes visitors to the park’s most popular viewpoints, trails and facilities. Using the shuttle is voluntary, but encouraged.
Zion Canyon (Utah)
Zion National Park is Utah's oldest and most visited national park receiving around three million visitors each year attracted by the immense canyons, beautifully sculptured rock formations, soaring cliffs and breathtaking landscapes. Zion canyon was formed over centuries of erosion caused by tributaries of the Virgin River which left behind the beautiful eroded canyon walls and monoliths. Originally inhabited by the Anasazi people; their abandoned cliff houses and rock art are scattered throughout the park, later by the Paiute Indians before the first Mormon settlers arrived in 1858 and gave it the name Zion Canyon.
Grand Canyon South Rim (Nevada)
A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon will overwhelm your senses through its immense size; 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893, Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service. Today Grand Canyon National Park receives close to five million visitors each year. The oldest human artifacts found are nearly 12,000 years old and date to the Paleo-Indian period. There has been continuous use and occupation of the park since that time.
Hoover Dam (Nevada)
Standing 725 feet above the Colorado River, Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon on the border between Arizona and Nevada. Beginning with a film about its construction, this tour then takes you down into the bowels of the dam through the tunnels used for its construction, admire the beautiful terrazzo floors installed in the 1930s and the massive generators. A walk along the sidewalks on top of the dam provides awe-inspiring views of the dam face, Lake Mead, the intake towers, the Colorado River, and other features around the dam site.
Nevada Test Site
You can’t get much further behind the scenes than this tour! Encompassing an area larger than the state of Rhode Island, the Nevada Test is one of the most restricted-access areas in the United States. Visitors to the site can see first-hand many relics remaining from nuclear weapons test, rocket experiments, and other energy-related programs.
California Academy of Sciences
Visit this stunning architectural achievement with hundreds of unique exhibits and nearly 40,000 live animals, a great place for students to learn about species from around the world. It is the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.
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What you say
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Beech Hall School
The visits were superb! The students were amazed at the Grand Canyon and thoroughly enjoyed our trek through Zion National Park.
University Academy Holbeach