33 Days. 10,000 Miles. 15 States.
This is a summer adventure that you will never forget. A five-week road trip with fellow students who quickly become fast friends. The trip takes you to national treasures, including the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, as well as iconic cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, and New Orleans. Along the way, you’ll visit historic landmarks such as the St. Louis Arch, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle and The Alamo, and attractions such as the Great Salt Lake, Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo, and the French Quarter.
- The Bus: Our trip across America takes place on a deluxe motor coach piloted by a professional driver with an excellent safety record. The Prevost motor coaches are considered the most comfortable and safest on the road. Students are assigned seats each day to foster new friendships.
- Activities: The Grand Western Tour adventure includes whitewater rafting on the Flathead River, horseback riding in Montana, jeep rides in Arizona, a train ride in Colorado, and a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River.
- Accommodations: Students experience a variety of lodging during the trip, from rustic cabins in Montana to the comfort and luxury of a resort and spa. Most accommodations allow for four students per room. Roommate assignments are rotated at each hotel to encourage interaction between all students.
- Meals: Students enjoy a variety of delicious meals, representative of various cultures and backgrounds, in restaurants throughout the country. This includes eating fresh food at a family farm in Indiana, enjoying a cookout on the beach in La Jolla, visiting the world’s largest pizza parlor in Colorado, and eating at the famous Chinatown restaurant in San Francisco. Most meals (about two-thirds) are included in the cost of the tour.
- Shopping/Free Time: Students will have free time for shopping and other activities when time and schedule permit. During free time, students stay in small groups of three to five people, unaccompanied by a staff member. Students are not allowed to travel on their own at any time. When free time is available, students are given specific instructions on where they may go and when they must return.
- Spending Money: Students are encouraged to bring spending money to cover certain meals, snacks and souvenirs. Most students bring a debit or credit cards.