The USA is one of the largest countries in the Western hemisphere; so large that one side necessarily differs vastly to the other, in everything from culture and food to climate. There is so much variety to be found within the 50 states that you can be sure to find something that appeals to almost every taste and excite every interest on your next overseas school tour to the US. Whether it’s beaches or cities you’re after, natural wonders or human history, arts and culture or science and industry, America has it all.
Both the East and West Coasts of America are popular touring destinations with Student Horizons, and each has its own unique features that make it well suited to particular kinds of school tours.
The East Coast is a great place to start for a first school tour to the US, with several world-famous attractions and cosmopolitan cities. If history, culture and world issues are your jam, you could pay a visit to Washington DC, the political seat of one of the most powerful countries in the world. Or if entertainment value is at the top of your list, head down to Florida, where you can find your inner child at Disneyland, or partake in an Astronaut Training Experience at the Kennedy Space Centre! But of course, an essential stop on any trip to the East Coast, or indeed the States at all, is New York City.
NYC is one of the world’s greatest artistic epicentres. It is home to some of the most prestigious and well-known art institutions and museums, such as the Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), not to mention Broadway, the beating heart of modern theatre. New York is also the destination of choice for many an artist or performer looking to chase opportunities and follow their dreams. Film, theatre, dance and music all have highly respected educational facilities and thriving industries based in New York, so for creative professionals, NYC can be an untapped resource, a well of inspiration, and the first step on the road to success. It is the perfect place for any arts tour, both exciting and educational.
New York is also a base for global finance and trade, making it a fascinating and enlightening stop for business and commerce tours. Here you can visit famous and internationally influential finance institutions, such as the New York Stock Exchange, the Museum of American Finance, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Some of our most popular New York tours are arts, business and commerce tours, and, as home to the New York Knicks, as well as many superb college teams, New York is also a great destination for a basketball tour.
America’s West Coast is also one of our most popular tour destinations, a place for innovation, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and even stardom. We have a wide variety of groups travelling to the West Coast every year, from business and STEM students to media studies and sports teams.
San Francisco has an obvious pull for business, commerce and STEM students, with its innovative spirit and big-name success stories. A stop here will enable students to discover the famed Silicon Valley for themselves, and maybe even take a tour around the Google, Apple, and Intel headquarters. Student Horizons can also arrange fantastic workshops with industry experts, from state-of-the-art robotics labs to exciting new start-ups!
For sports teams looking for a bit of Californian sun along with a healthy dose of competition, San Diego is the place to go, with both rugby and soccer steadily growing in popularity. It is a city well known for its many natural beauties, so sports teams will be able to soak up the sights as well as experiencing the unique enthusiasm of an American sports crowd.
If there is one place in the world synonymous with any one discipline, nothing quite compares to what Hollywood is to filmmaking. Media studies students will get a thrill to visit movie making central and see iconic sights such as the Hollywood walk of fame, historical theatres like the Dolby or TCL Chinese Theatre, and of course the unmistakeable Hollywood sign itself. There are plenty of studio tours to choose from, including Universal Studios Hollywood, and workshops are sure to be of a unique calibre here in the birthplace of cinema.
America is a place where anyone can find their raison d’être. So whether your pursuit is to dance the entirety of Swan Lake solo or finally invent those clean energy flying cars we’ve all been waiting for, a school tour to the US is sure to provide the inspiration!
Currency: US dollar ($)
Language Spoken: English
Population: 324 million
Population per Sq Mile