West Coast USA Transition Year School Trips & Tours

Don’t hesitate to visit America’s West Coast. With its areas of great natural beauty coupled with some of the world’s most awe-inspiring cities, you’ll be far from disappointed. Film studios strip back the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to give a true impression of what really goes on behind-the-scenes.

An array of other media and film visits and workshops, a huge selection of leisure opportunities, guided city tours and the incomparable National Park scenery, is guaranteed to leave your students wanting more. 

Sample itinerary

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.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Daytime flight & transfer to accommodation Overnight: San Francisco
2 Full day San Francisco city tour followed by a visit to Alcatraz Explore Pier 39 & Fisherman's Wharf. Overnight: San Francisco
3 Visit to Muir Woods Continue to Bakersfield Overnight: Bakersfield
4 Death Valley National Park Overnight: Las Vegas
5 Explore Las Vegas Overnight: Tusayan
6 Grand Canyon Transfer to airport Overnight flight to Ireland
7 Arrive Ireland
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Morning Daytime flight & transfer to accommodation
Afternoon Overnight: San Francisco
Evening
Morning Full day San Francisco city tour followed by a visit to Alcatraz
Afternoon Explore Pier 39 & Fisherman's Wharf. Overnight: San Francisco
Evening
Morning Visit to Muir Woods
Afternoon Continue to Bakersfield
Evening Overnight: Bakersfield
Morning Death Valley National Park
Afternoon Overnight: Las Vegas
Evening
Morning Explore Las Vegas
Afternoon Overnight: Tusayan
Evening
Morning Grand Canyon
Afternoon Transfer to airport
Evening Overnight flight to Ireland
Morning Arrive Ireland
Afternoon
Evening

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Accommodation

Popular options in West Coast USA


Top visits

San Francisco Tour

The city lies on the world-renowned San Andreas Fault, and is well documented for its approaches to hazard management. Admire the amazing view of the city from Twin peaks, opt for a San Francisco Bay cruise under Golden Gate Bridge, visit Alcatraz, or head down to the famous Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. We highly recommend a visit to the new California Academy of Sciences for all groups. The Academy recently opened a new 400,000 square foot facility which houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a four-storey rainforest all under one roof.

Muir Woods

An opportunity to observe a truly remarkable ecosystem, only 30 minutes from San Francisco! On your morning coach excursion, pupils will observe the diversity of flora and fauna. Giant Redwood Sequoia trees will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance understanding of ecosystems.

Death Valley National Park

Pupils can experience first-hand Death Valley’s harsh, arid environment, dramatic scenery and landscapes. Your group will cross over the 5,000ft Towne Pass before taking a closer look at the desert. One of the hottest places on earth, this region is contrasted by the dramatic backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

Grand Canyon

This vast chasm is arguably one of the most spectacular geographical sites in the world. Opt to take one of several set walks to explore this awe-inspiring canyon. A once in a lifetime opportunity!

Pier 39 & Fishermans Wharf

Pier 39 and Fishermans Wharf is a shopping centre and popular tourist attraction built on a pier in San Francisco. At Pier 39 there are shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performers, an interpretive centre for the marine mammal centre, the aquarium of the bay, virtual 3D rides and views of California sea lions hauled out on docks on Pier 39’s marina. 

Universal Studios

This visit takes pupils beyond the classroom to bring education to life. Take learning to a new level with Universal Studies - the hands on, inside out, real life, beyond the imagination educational programme available at Universal Studios, that will will excite and inspire your pupils.

Hoover Dam Tours

For groups staying for two nights in Vegas, a visit to the famous Hoover Dam is a must. You can take a 30 minute tour of the Hoover Dam power plant and take a look around the visitors centre. Alternatively, opt for the hour long guided tour, which includes the 30 minute option plus a tour of the passageways of the dam itself.

Yosemite National Park

A wilderness park renowned for the mountain and valley scenery, waterfalls, grand meadows and forests containing the groves of giant sequoias. 

May to October only due to seasonal weather. 

Las Vegas

This glitzy city, built in the middle of the desert, is a testimony to man’s ability to overcome the challenge of the physical environment. Its main street and focal point is the Strip, just over 4 miles long. This boulevard is home to themed hotels with elaborate displays such as fountains synchronized to music as well as replicas of an Egyptian pyramid, the Venetian Grand Canal, and the Eiffel Tower.


Evening activites

  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Bowling

Transport

We offer flights from a variety of departure airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
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