Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

West Coast USA Geography trip

Posted on: Wednesday 28th February 2018

On 6th February, 40 students from Years 11, 12 and 13 set off for 7 days to the West Coast of the USA. Following touch down and a good night’s sleep in San Francisco, the group visited Alcatraz and toured the city before heading to Yosemite where they took in the sights of El Capitan, Half Dome and numerous waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls. After a drive through the Mojave Desert we arrived in Las Vegas and walked up ‘The Strip’ and enjoyed an evening meal in Planet Hollywood located in Caesar’s Palace. The next day we time travelled on the Hoover Dam, moving forward and backward an hour as we walked from Nevada to Arizona and back to Nevada time whilst being amazed at the 40m drop in water level of Lake Mead since 1985. Freezing conditions met us at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We embarked on 3 mile walk from Mather Point to Bright Angel Lodge along the edge of the canyon, looking down at the Colorado River below. Our final stop was Los Angeles. After a long journey, we arrived at the Farmers Market for lunch and then had a guided tour of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard, Sunset Strip and the La Brea Tar Pits. Our final day involved a visit to Universal Studios and a surprise visit to Santa Monica and Venice Beach. All the pupils behaved fantastically and were a credit to the school.

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