Over the February half term, 43 students set off for the trip of a life time to the West Coast of the USA.
The first stop was San Francisco, where the group began with a city tour, where they took in sites such as the Trans-America building and Union Square. They visited the Golden Gate bridge and even had a ride on the famous San Francisco trams cars.
The afternoon was spent at Alcatraz, the famous prison on the rock. The group departed and set off for fabulous Las Vegas!
The girls went to Planet Hollywood hotel for dinner and a spot of shopping before taking in a show at the world famous Bellagio Fountains. There was an early departure the next morning as the Grand Canyon was on the itinerary.
A stop off at Seligman on Route 66 was made, where the group were lucky enough to visit the town that gave the Pixar movie ‘Cars’ its inspiration.
The Grand Canyon was a spectacular sight for all involved and the sheer size of it was breath-taking. The group moved onto Los Angeles for the final destination of the trip.
A trip to Universal Studios was first on the list to meet some characters and experience Hogwarts at the Harry Potter rides. A great time was had by all and everyone managed to meet someone they knew from the movies!
The second day in LA was spent doing a tour of the city. The group started off by seeing the famous Hollywood sign, followed by a trip to Grumman’s Chinese Theatre. This is the place where Hollywood royalty have their hand and footprints immortalised in the cement.
A walk along the boulevard allowed us all to pick out our favourite movie stars and have pictures taken with their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It was then onto Beverly Hills, the famous city of its own within the County of Los Angeles. We were able to see the famous Rodeo Drive and Beverly Wiltshire Hotel, the setting for some iconic movies.
The afternoon was spent at Santa Monica, a pedestrianised area along the coast, where the weather was fine and the scenery was beautiful.
The evening was spent at Jerry’s Famous Deli in Studio City, California for the final group meal. A quick dip in the pool the following morning and a lot of packing brought the trip to an end.
A wonderful time was had by all who came on the trip and memories made that will last forever!