Los Angeles School Trip Guide

Los Angeles is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is also a very popular destination for school groups. Here’s a helpful resource for those interested in organizing a school trip for their students. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance, accommodations and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.

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Why should my student group visit Los Angeles?

A trip to Los Angeles can be a great way for elementary classes to experience travel, discover art, learn American history and visit one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Perfect for any age, from elementary school graduation trips to high school Drama or Music class trips.

As Los Angeles has so much to offer, the best first step is to determine the intended focus of the trip. For example:

Educational Student Trip – Curriculum-related activities that bring to life the subjects of the classroom.

Biology – Show your science students the incredible biodiversity of this country, by having them participate in meaningful field research. Los Angeles has world’s largest urban natural research center for LA’s study on biodiversity.

Arts and Music – Fill your itinerary with museum and gallery visits, theatre performances, live music and more.

Outdoor Adventure – Do you want your students to experience some outdoor activities? Bike tour or hiking to Hollywood hills is definitely an unforgettable experience.

Community Service – Want to make an impact with your travels? There are a number of destinations throughout Los Angeles that offer a chance to put some volunteer hours to good use while being immersed in a local community.

Mixed focus – A balance of educational activities, outdoor activities, and cultural focus. The variety of geography, culture and history of within Los Angeles makes for a well-rounded trip.

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Luggage – Any seasoned traveller will tell you that the lighter – the better! When moving from place to place, don’t be weighed down by extra clothes, shoes or items. A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Los Angeles. For the organized packer, it’s very handy to have a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry! For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.

• Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
• Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
• Safe money holder or fanny pack
• Extra plastic bags / ziplocks

Clothing – Weather in Los Angeles is mostly reliable all year round. Typical high temperatures are 85 (30C) degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, 75 (25C) in the fall, 70 (20C) in the winter and 75 (25C) in the spring. The city averages over 320 days of sunshine per year, so you don’t have to worry about having your sunshine getaway rained out.

General Packing List 
• Socks, underwear, bras
• 1-2 pair of jeans
• 1-3 t-shirts
• 1-3 long sleeve shirts
• 1-2 light sweaters or sweatshirt
• 1 pair of shorts
• Hat
• Shoes – Bring shoes that are comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
• Flip flops / waterproof sandals
• Sleepwear

Accessories and Toiletries – Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.

• Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, compass, lock
• Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary
• Waterbottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
• Toothbrush & toothpaste
• Soap, shampoo & conditioner
• Medications

What to leave at HomeCarrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels

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Los Angeles Fun Facts 

  1. Los Angeles is home to people from more than 140 countries speaking 224 different identified languages.
  2. Los Angeles has the largest system of roadways in the country: more than 7300 miles in total.
  3. Los Angeles has the largest number of women-owned businesses in the nation.
  4.  In Los Angeles, there are more automobiles than people, and vehicles take up about 24% of the city’s total ground area.
  5. The Hollywood sign originally said “Hollywoodland.”