To suggest that a group of students from the school will travel to the West Coast of the USA to study both physical and human geography will not only raise your students’ interest and excitement, but it will become a talking point throughout the school.
And once the details of the visit begin to emerge as to where the students will go, it is not too dramatic a claim to suggest there will be a sense of excitement and wonderment as to what is to come.
It is, of course, not possible to list every location that can be visited, so instead I’ve picked three major locations of geographic importance and three sites that everyone travelling to the area will want to see. But the choice and balance is very much yours. We’ll build the itinerary that you want.
To begin with the physical geography, there are the 1200 sq miles of the Yosemite National Park, with its deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, the powerful glaciers, and the tranquillity of the High Sierra.
Then, as an example of human endeavour you can visit the Hoover Dam, in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. No one had ever tried to build such a large concrete structure before this venture, but it was successful, it was finished two years early, and now encloses the largest reservoir by volume in the USA and provides power for Nevada, Arizona, and California.
The Grand Canyon National Park, with its one mile deep gully, exposes two billion years of geological history as the Colorado River continues to erode the canyon. It is often quoted as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and no matter what students expect it will always overwhelm their senses through the sheer immensity of what they find.
The fieldtrip covers a range of learning themes, covering human and physical geography, including tectonics, fluvial systems, tourism and water supply.
In total contrast students will value a fun-filled visit to Universal Studios in Hollywood, packed with exciting rides and shows.
Finally in our brief selection there is the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which attracts over 10 million visitors a year. It comprises more than 2,500 five-pointed stars embedded in the pavement commemorating actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups and fictional characters.
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