DatesGrades 7 & 8July 1 - July 21Grade 9June 26 - July 16June 29 - July 19Grades 10 & 11June 26 - July 16June 29 - July 19Later DepartureJuly 27 - August 16
Current Grade7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
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California & The Canyons Teen Tour
This is truly the ultimate west coast teenage road trip! This program begins in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Then cruise down the coast and fall in love with the beaches of Santa Barbara and the most famous hotspots in LA & San Diego. Next, this summer adventure takes you into the American Southwest exploring the majesty of dramatically changing scenery with a stay in Vegas and grand finale in beautiful Scottsdale. Our summer program leaders are experts at creating a close, inclusive family atmosphere where everyone feels welcome. With so much adventure and excitement on this teen tour, you’re in for an unforgettable summer with plenty of new friendships ahead!
About This Program
What It's Like
An adrenaline-filled program with the coolest activities, picture-perfect landmarks and a close group bond.
Hotels, resorts & college residences.
Includes breakfast and dinner daily.
Includes all recreation & activities listed.
Chartered deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach with a professional driver.
Middle School Available
An exclusive departure is available for students currently completing 7th or 8th grade.
Separate departure dates are assigned to create compatible co-ed age groups.
Varies from 28 to 48 participants.
• Learn to surf with professional lessons in San Diego.
• Sail our private charter across Lake Tahoe.
• Magnificent National Parks: Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon.
• Sea kayak off the coast of Santa Barbara.
• Whitewater raft the rapids of the American River.
• Laugh it up at the IMPROV Comedy Club.
• Thrill ride the Big Shot or X-Scream atop The STRAT Hotel.
• Venice Beach, Rodeo Drive and Hollywood.
• Waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard or tube Lake Tahoe.
• Visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
• Explore Universal Studios and Disneyland.
• Venture into the Sedona desert on the Pink Jeep - Broken Arrow Tour.
Fly to San Francisco, where your orientation officially begins with some of our favorite icebreakers and “get to know you” activities.
Welcome to the City by the Bay! Hop on a famous cable car for a ride to Chinatown. Visit “the Rock” (Alcatraz*), explore Pier 39 and see its famous residents (the sea lions), sample fresh seafood near Fisherman’s Wharf, taste chocolate in Ghirardelli Square, wobble down the most crooked street in the world, walk the Golden Gate Bridge, cheer on the A’s or Giants game and so much more!
*As per the National Park Service, we disclose that Alcatraz tour has a retail value of $41 included in the program tuition.
Take on whitewater rapids on a river adventure. The next day, unwind on the shore of Lake Tahoe under the California sunshine, take a swim and play beach volleyball. Go waterskiing with professional instructors or go tubing or wakeboarding before our sailing cruise around the lake on our private charter.
Enjoy the perfect stay on the California Coast. Santa Barbara features small-town charm, miles of beaches and the beauty of the surrounding mountains at your fingertips. Sea kayak the Pacific Ocean, and check out Stearns Wharf and State St. Enjoy a beach day, go for a swim or play a pickup game of soccer in the sand… don’t forget the sunscreen!
Tour the world’s most famous back lot on the Universal Studio’s Studio Tour and come face-to-face with Jaws, King Kong, the Mummy and other Hollywood stars. Explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Jurassic World-The Ride! Look for your favorite celebrities on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and compare handprints with the stars outside of Mann’s Chinese Theater. Check out the characters on Venice Beach, watch for celebrities on Rodeo Drive, and laugh out loud at the IMPROV comedy club. Stroll into the trendy college town of Westwood Village for a made-to-order ice cream sandwich. Spend the day at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland, featuring ‘Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge’. Sample delicious treats at the Original Farmers Market on Fairfax & 3rd, choose from over 100 different cuisines.
Enjoy the warm California sun and cool ocean breeze as you learn to surf with professional instructors. Take a guided tour through the San Diego Zoo; be sure to keep your eyes open for the famous panda bear exhibit. Check out Seaport Village on San Diego Bay. Spend the evening at San Diego’s iconic beachfront boardwalk, Belmont Park, and take a ride on the Giant Dipper or Tilt-A-Whirl while overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Stroll Las Vegas Boulevard and its incredible sites – an erupting volcano at the Mirage, the dancing fountains and hand-blown glass sculptures at the Bellagio, the charm of Venice in the Venetian, the talking statues in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and more. Ride the roller coaster at New York-New York. Explore M&M World and live on the edge, literally, as you choose from Big Shot, Insanity or X-Scream 1000′ up the top of The STRAT Hotel’s observation tower.
Marvel at the colors of the sandstone cliffs and valleys contrasting against a beautiful blue sky in Zion National Park. Be amazed by the red, orange and white hoodoos in Bryce Canyon. Hike the Bright Angel Trail for breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon.
Enjoy a rugged Pink Jeep tour with the iconic backdrop of Sedona’s famous red-rock formations such as Bell Rock, Chapel Butte or the Rock of Gibraltar. See the views from Submarine Rock or Chicken Point and hold on tight as you go around Mushroom Rock and descend down the Road of No Return! Head to the resort to work out, tan or lounge by the pool. Enjoy our farewell dinner and cherish memories that last well beyond summer’s end!
Return Flight Home from Phoenix, Arizona
Head to Phoenix and say farewell to your new friends as you part ways for your return home. The summer might be over, but all the memories you’ve made will last a lifetime!
Located at the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is a breathtaking lodging option. The property features a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool, and a fitness center.
Santa Barbara, California
Enjoy your stay in the beautiful Santa Barbara area at the Hilton Garden Inn or Hampton Inn. Work out at the fitness center and have fun with your friends at the outdoor pool.
Los Angeles, California
The UCLA campus is so amazing that after your stay in the UCLA Residence, you might not be able to wait to send in your application. Enjoy their unmatched facilities and check out the bookstore in the Ackerman Union (the perfect place to pick up a great hoodie).
Located on famous Las Vegas Boulevard, “The Strip”, the pyramid-shaped Luxor hotel offers a unique way to experience the over-the-top decor for which Vegas is famous! The pool deck is one of the largest in Las Vegas, with a choice of 4 pools to enjoy – the perfect place to cool off from all the excitement and bright lights of the city!
After exploring the spectacular scenery of Bryce and Zion Canyons, return to one of our Kanab hotels, the Holiday Inn Express or Comfort Suites, and reflect on the wild beauty of Southern Utah!
After an exciting day of adventures at the Grand Canyon, relax at either The SpringHill Suites or Hampton Inn & Suites. Both of these hotels feature a fitness room and pool for you to enjoy in your free time.
Flight to San Francisco, California
We help you coordinate your flight to arrive within designated times so that we may greet you upon arrival. For participants from the New York area, we offer a chaperoned flight that leaves early morning. One of your summer leaders and staff from our office will be at the airline counter to greet you, introduce you to fellow travelers, help you to check-in and the leader will be with you from check-in onward.
Return Flight Home From Phoenix, Arizona
Our leaders help you to check-in and remain in the airport until flights in designated times have departed. For those from the New York area, we offer a chaperoned flight.
Food and Meals
Eating well while away from home is an important part of a summer’s success. We understand how it helps our travelers feel secure, happy and looking forward to their day. Our North American Active Teen Tours visit great restaurants. Depending on the itinerary, you may be dining at the Cheesecake Factory, Hard Rock Cafe, a popular upscale food hall/marketplace with local gourmet options or a happening area where you will have many cuisines to select from. We make a point to balance great food choices that teens love with trying great local favorites like the sourdough bread from the Boudin Bakery in San Francisco.
We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive experience in this area.
You will stay in the finest hotels, resorts and college residences, which are chosen based on safety, security, amenities, comfort and location. Rooms vary from doubles to triples. Triples may contain two beds and a rollaway or be a suite style with a sofa bed. Each participant has their own bed.
You will only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in the packing list that will be sent to you prior to departure. We visit local laundromats weekly and we will supply the detergent and dryer sheets. Don’t worry if you’ve never done laundry before, we’ll show you the ropes. Parents, we know the thought of your children doing laundry is making you smile!
Included in your program tuition is all lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, recreation & entertainment listed, airport transfers in designated times, gratuities & taxes.
Not included is transportation to and from the program, lunches, snacks, personal spending money for souvenirs, and laundry. We also make available optional travel insurance that is not included, but highly recommended.
Please contact us with any questions. We are happy to hear from you!