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School trips to the USA are increasingly popular and surprisingly affordable. Your students will love exploring a country that they will in many ways be familiar with, thanks to TV and films, but may not have had the opportunity to visit.

Whatever your subject, a school trip to the USA is one that your students will never forget, making it the perfect option for inspiring in them a passion for your subject.

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Why visit the USA?

The influential culture

School trips to the United States are always a hit with students because American culture is so far-reaching. Your students will have grown up watching American films and TV programmes and listening to American music. So if you’re looking for a school trip to inspire performing arts or media studies students, then the USA could be the perfect answer!

Why not discover the history of American music on a school tour of the South, from Nashville to New Orleans? Or learn more about the media in North America on a trip to Los Angeles?

And you can even explore the American fashion industry and art scene on a school trip to New York City.

The huge choice of destinations

The hardest thing about a school trip to America is choosing which of its incredible cities to base your group in.

New York is a city that always makes a great impression on students of almost any subject and, being on the East Coast also offers some of the shortest flight times.

Also on the East Coast, Washington D.C. really is a must for any groups interested in the history or politics of the USA.

In the South, you could choose to visit Atlanta, where your students will have the opportunity to explore the civil rights movement and its most famous figures. Or take a tour of some of the most important cities in the South, such as Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, where your students will learn more about the country’s musical heritage.

And don’t forget about the West Coast, where you can choose to experience the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles or learn more about the USA’s fascinating geography in San Francisco.

The perfect destination for any school trip

America is a huge, diverse country and this is reflected in the variety of educational opportunities it offers for school trips.

New York City offers educational opportunities for most subjects, including food technology, business studies, maths and religious studies.

Perhaps you want your students to see science in action on a science school trip to Orlando, where you’ll explore the physics of rollercoasters and learn more about space exploration at the Kennedy Space Center?

Why not head out west to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park to explore the USA’s spectacular geography? The possibilities are almost endless, which also makes the USA a great choice for cross-curricular trips.

We’ll tailor your trip to meet your specific learning requirements so, whatever the motivation for your educational tour to America, we’ll ensure that your learning objectives are supported by a well-designed itinerary.

Political History & Civil Rights School Trip to Atlanta

Are your students studying civil rights? Then you cannot miss the opportunity to take them on a school trip to Atlanta!

£1499PP

School Media Studies Trip to Los Angeles

Inspire your media studies students with a school trip to Los Angeles, where they'll explore all that Hollywood has to offer!

£999PP

School Performing Arts Trip to Los Angeles

Known as the 'Creative Capital of the World', Los Angeles is the perfect setting for your next performing arts school trip!

£1099PP

Political History & Civil Rights School Trip to New York

Explore the diversity of New York and how various communities have affected the city's politics on your school trip to New York!

£1249PP

School Art Trip to New York

Looking for the ultimate art school trip to inspire your students? Look no further than the Big Apple - New York City!

£1249PP

School Business Studies Trip to New York

Considered the world's premier financial centre, where better than New York for business students?

£1249PP

School Performing Arts Trip to New York

Explore the incredible theatrical scene around Broadway on your unforgettable performing arts school trip to New York!

£1249PP

School Media Studies Trip to New York

Explore film and TV locations and visit working studios on your unforgettable media studies school trip to New York!

£1249PP

School Fashion Trip to New York

One of the world's major fashion capitals, a school trip to New York will be an unforgettable experience for your students!

£1249PP

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Activities in USA that your school group will love

Guggenheim New York

The original Guggenheim museum, conceived by Solomon Guggenheim in 1937 as an exhibition space for twentieth-century art, is a must

Financial District Walking Tour

This four hour guided walking tour, weavestogether history, events, architecture and the people of Downtown - the birthplace of New

Broadway Workshops

We can arrange a selection of Broadway related workshops from the Audition Process, Singing and Choreography, Stage Combat as well

Alcatraz Cruises

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that

Kennedy Space Center

A science tour to Orlandois not complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center. Just 45 minutes from Orlandothe NASA’s

Universal Studios

You’re the star at Universal Studios, the number one movie and TV based theme park in the world. At this

Smithsonian Institution

The world's largest museum complex and research organization is composed of 19 museums, 9 research centres and the National Zoo.

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial stands at the west end of the National Mall as a neoclassical monument to the 16th President.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is a spectacular sight and not to be missed on any trip to Utah. The name

NatureBridge Yosemite

NatureBridge Yosemite gives your students the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature, among the stunning surroundings of Yosemite National Park.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is surrounded by the towering cliffs andis known for its incredible canyons, including The Narrows, which attract

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles

Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign is more than just nine white letters; it’s one of the world’s most recognisable symbols and a

Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive, between Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, is a world famous three block long stretch

American Museum of Natural History

Bring your group to the American Museum of Natural History!Nothing rivals the range of offerings at this New York City

Empire State Building

Reaching more than a quarter of a mile into the Manhattan sky, the Empire State Building was the world's tallest

Statue of Liberty

No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty; the city’s iconic symbol.

Financial District Walking Tour

This four hour guided walking tour, weavestogether history, events, architecture and the people of Downtown - the birthplace of New

Macy's Department Store

Shopping in New York is not complete without a trip to Macy's, not only can you stop by and pick

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry exists predominantly for the purpose of getting commuters to and from Manhattan, but outside rush hour

Top of the Rock

Discover New York in all its forms from 70 stories up at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. The

Metropolitan Museum

One of the world’s most prestigious art galleries, the Met’s comprehensive permanent collectionspans five thousand years of art from a

Disney's Magic Kingdom Park

Follow your Disney dreams to a place where storybook fantasy comes to life for children of all ages. Seek out

Universal Studios

You’re the star at Universal Studios, the number one movie and TV based theme park in the world. At this

WonderWorks, Orlando

WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind with 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment”. The attraction combines education and entertainment

Alcatraz Cruises

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that

Golden Gate Bridge

The best way to see and enjoy the bridge is to drive to either side, park your vehicle and then

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Walk beneath the bright and glowing Caribbean Reef tunnel which is 30 meters long, marvel at the beauty of the

Historic Beale Street

Memphis is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll. Beale Street has been playing the

Jack Daniel's Distillery

Known all over the world for its square bottle and black label, Jack Daniel's Whiskey has long been linked with

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation is a historic plantation located on the Mississippi River in the town of Vacherie, Louisiana. Protected as

Swamp Tour

See the Cajuns of the Bayou living and surviving in harmony with the swamps. Here, the waterways are their highways. From

The Queen Creole Paddle Wheel Boat

The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen boat cruises along the Mississippi River both during the day and at night. An authentic paddlewheeler

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FAQs

I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.
Do my students need a visa to visit the USA?
To travel to the USA on a school trip, you will usually require a Electronic System for Travel Auuthorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. This can be applied for online and costs $14. There may be different requirements for members of your group travelling on a non-British passport. You can find out more on the [US state department website](https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html).
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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