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  • Los Angeles
  • Palm Springs
  • Scottsdale
  • Grand Canyon
  • Page
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Visalia
  • Yosemite
  • San Francisco
  • uitbreiding mogelijk met Santa Maria en Los Angeles aan een meerprijs

You dream to visit all the highlights of the west coast of the United States in two weeks, from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite NP through Las Vegas and Los Angeles. In this case, our "Taste of the West" formula is ideal for you. This 15-day tour abounds with captivating natural sites and fascinating cities. The perfect itinerary for first-time visitors to the US West Coast.

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Day 1 & 2 - Los Angeles

You land in LA, the glamour capital of West USA. The musts on your programme? The startling Beverly Hills, the Walk of fame looking for the star of your favourite actor/actress, checking out the size of the hand and footprints of the celebrities near the Mann Theatre and of course taking a picture in front of the gigantic letters of Hollywood! 

On day 2, you continue your discovery of the city. There is an abundance of choice of tours. You can head to the centre and visit one or more of the opulent museums, just have a people watch on Venice Beach or how about a day at Disneyland or Universal Studios?

Standard Hotel:  Dunes Inn Sunset
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Superior Hotel:  BW Plus Dragon Gate (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
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Day 3 - Los Angeles > Palm Springs (171km)

In Palm Springs you can take a cable tram ride up to Mt. Jacinto or hike through the beautiful Indian Canyons with waterfalls and palm trees, which smell like butterscotch! Palm Springs is the perfect spot from where to visit Joshua NP, one of the most exceptional parks in California.

Standard Hotel:  Rodeway Inn
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Superior Hotel:  Palm Springs Mountain Resort & Spa
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Deluxe Hotel:  La Quinta Resort & Club Waldorf Astoria (Bed only)
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Day 4 - Palm Springs > Scottsdale (445km)

Today you travel through the Mojave Desert and get to know the Colorado River. You can practice water sports or just relax if you want.

Standard Hotel:  Hotel Bixby
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Superior Hotel:  Hilton Phoenix / Mesa
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Deluxe Hotel:  Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
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Day 5 - Scottsdale > Grand Canyon (368km)

One of the highlights of this self-drive is your visit to Grand Canyon, a true natural wonder. You can visit it on foot or by means of one of the many minibuses. Fancy moving around in excitement? How about a helicopter ride? If there is a place where you cannot miss a helicopter ride, then it is here!

Standard Hotel:  Red Feather Lodge (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Red Feather Lodge (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Yavapai Lodge West (Bed only)
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Day 6 - Grand Canyon > Page (304km)

You can continue your route to Page, or make a detour to the famous rock formations of Monument Valley on your way to Page.

Standard Hotel:  Quality Inn at Lake Powell (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Marriott Courtyard (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Lake Powell Resort (Bed only)
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Day 7 - Page > Bryce Canyon (265km)

In Page, a visit to Antelope Canyon is a must. The curves inside the cave formed by the water are stunningly beautiful. You drive on towards Bryce Canyon where you will spend the next two nights.

Standard Hotel:  Bryce View Lodge
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Superior Hotel:  BW Plus Ruby's Inn (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  BW Plus Ruby's Inn (Bed only)
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Day 8 - Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon is one of the most versatile landscapes of the United States. The towers or hoodoos seem so fragile. Walk down Wall Street or relax in Queens Gardens. The colours of the mysterious rocks in all its shades of orange and red are even more intense when the sun sets at dusk.

Standard Hotel:  Bryce View Lodge
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Superior Hotel:  BW Plus Ruby's Inn (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  BW Plus Ruby's Inn (Bed only)
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Day 9 - Bryce Canyon > Las Vegas (418km)

You decide today how to plan your day. You can stop and visit the coloourful Zion National Park, which is on your way or head directly to Vegas.

Standard Hotel:  Gold Coast Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Platinum Hotel and Spa (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Platinum Hotel and Spa (Bed only)
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Day 10 - Las Vegas

An extra day to discover Las Vegas and the surrounding area is just perfect. Las vegas action linger day in day out: casinos, spectacular shows, wedding chapels, hotels ... a mix of various,vibrant colours! Be sure to walk the Las Vegas Boulevard, better known as The Strip.
Standard Hotel:  Gold Coast Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Platinum Hotel and Spa (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Platinum Hotel and Spa (Bed only)
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Day 11 - Las Vegas > Visalia (621 km)

Start early a long day’s drive awaits. You leave Las Vegas and head through the desert to the foot of The Sierra Nevada. You reside in the historic town of Visalia.

Standard Hotel:  Wyndham
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Superior Hotel:  Wyndham
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Deluxe Hotel:  Wuksachi Lodge (Bed only)
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Day 12 - Visalia > Yosemite (224km)

Make a stop at Sequoia National Park to discover the giant trees or continue straight to the freshness of Yosemite. After a visit to the Visitor Center, explore the park by car or on foot along one of the marked paths.

Standard Hotel:  Southgate Hotel and Suites
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Superior Hotel:  Yosemite View Lodge El Portal (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (Bed only)
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Day 13 - Yosemite > San Francisco (316km)

You have ample time to discover San Francisco, the city of Golden Gate Bridge. Not to be missed: a funicular tram ride, a blood-curdling visit to the famous prison on the island of Alcatraz or a day at Golden Gate Park.

Standard Hotel:  Fusion Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Carriage Inn
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Deluxe Hotel:  Park Central
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Day 14 - San Francisco

You have two days to visit the ins-and-outs of San Francisco

Standard Hotel:  Fusion Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Carriage Inn
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Deluxe Hotel:  Park Central
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Day 15 - San Francisco

You finish your regular selfdrive here unless you decide to add two more nights with the optional programme towards L.A. These extra two nights stay are optional and not concluded in the listed price.

Day 15 - extension

Optional day 15: San Francisco - Santa Maria (458km)

To reach Santa Maria, you drive down Highway 1, one of the most famous sea-hugging highways in the world. You wheel past highlights such as Monterey, Cannery Row and 17 Mile Drive with its breath-taking scenery.

Standard Hotel:  Historic Santa Maria Inn (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Candlewood Suites (Bed only)
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Day 16 - extension

Optional day 16: Santa Maria > Los Angeles (264km)

After discovering the specific Danish character of Solvang, you continue on to Santa Barbara. This charming coastal city with colonial architecture and appearance has also a wide and beautiful white sand beach with pier. Continue to Los Angeles.

Standard Hotel:  Comfort Inn Cockatoo near LAX (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  H I Express and suites LAX Hawthorne
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Day 17 - extension

Optional day 17: Los Angeles

Your self-drive ends here.

Universal Studios Hollywood One Day Pass

 Full day

A must for movie lovers! A tour ‘behind the scenes’, shows, roller coaster rides based on movie themes… In one word: awesome!.

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Universal Studios Hollywood One Day Front of the Line Pass

 Full day

Thanks to your Front of the Line Pass have reserved seats for each show. And you pass in front of those holding a regular day pass on your first-time ride on any attraction in this paradise for movie lovers! A tour 'behind the scenes', shows and rides in movie themes ... you will experience an exciting day.

Please note: Prices of the Front of the line Ticket at peak season vary and are €265/ticket!

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Grand Canyon - Full Day Rafting

 

Are you ready for the experience of your life? Then choose one of our unique rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River that rises in the Rocky Mountains runs through the heart of the Grand Canyon. Rafting on the Colorado River is an incredible and unique experience. Not only are you in the middle of the Grand Canyon and you have beautiful views during the rafting trip. The Colorado River is also great for rafting. Depending on the season you experience a rapid level between 3 & 8 here! You can be proud of the adrenaline rushing through your body! This is bucket material at its best!
The rafting full day trip takes you to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where you will experience different rapids with a raft. The first 16 kilometres are intense, after which the river becomes calmer and you can enjoy the views. Along the way you make a stop for a short walk to the Travertine Falls and enjoy a picnic lunch on the edge of the Colorado River. Your local raft guide belongs to the Hualapi Indian Tribe and will guide you through this experience.

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Grand Canyon - 2-Day rafting incl. overnight stay in the Grand Caonyon

 2 days

Are you ready for the experience of your life? Then choose one of our unique rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River that rises in the Rocky Mountains runs through the heart of the Grand Canyon. Rafting on the Colorado River is an incredible and unique experience. Not only are you in the middle of the Grand Canyon and you have beautiful views during the rafting trip. The Colorado River is also great for rafting. Depending on the season you experience a rapid level between 3 & 8 here! You can be proud of the adrenaline rushing through your body! This is bucket material at its best!
During this trip you stay 2 days on the Colorado River in the heart of the Grand Canyon. During this excursion you will experience 2 rafting trips. An active trip through the rapids with the paddle ready and a quieter part where you can sail deeper into the Canyon by motorboat. In the evening you pitch your tent in the heart of the Canyon and enjoy a delicious dinner with your local native Hualapi Indian guide who will tell you many stories. You will enjoy the unique setting under a beautiful starry sky for sure. The next day you have time for some walks in the canyon before taking you by boat down the rest of the river.

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Bryce Canyon on Horseback

 1h30

Looking for a fun way to explore Bryce Canyon manageable for all? How about a  scenic ride on horseback along the highlights of this national park? On your programme are Dixie National Forest, the edge of the Water Canyon amphitheater and the Sinking Ship peak. Perfect and powerful! Fancy longer rides? Half day and full day tours are also available.

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Red Rock Canyon Tour

 4 - 5 hours

Just past Vegas you will find a stunning nature park, Red Rock Canyon. The ideal way to explore it is off-road by 4x4. Get ready for awesome desert landscapes and red sandstone rock formations.

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Page Antelope Canyon Sightseeing Tour

 1h30

During your visit you will discover spectacular petrified sand dunes, masterfully sculpted by wind, water and sand erosion. You reach the entrance of the narrow canyon by 4x4. From here you walk along and through 40 m high walls. 

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Monument Valley Tour

 2h30

After a weaving demonstration of Navajo rugs, this tour allows you to admire the best views of the famous monoliths. You stop at John Ford's Point, The Mittens, Three Sisters, North Window ... even in places where no private cars are allowed.

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Lake Powell Top of The World Helicopter Tour

 35 - 40 min.

Are you familiar with the fabulous Tower Butte? This mammoth natural and massive rock rises 1500 meters or 5,000 feet above the surrounding landscape. Can you imagine landing and standing on top of of Tower Butte? The 360° views from here are nothing short of awesome…
From Page you fly over Lake Powell and Navajo land to enjoy the jitters on top of one of nature’s most unique rock formations. En-route an eagle’s view of Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, the Kaiparowits Plateau, the Grand Staircase and the Vermillion Cliffs are thrown in for free.

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Grand Teton Snake River Rafting

 

Explore Grand Teton National Park from Snake River Canyon! This unique rafting trip is a mix of Class I, II and III rapids and thus an ideal family fun activity. Bring sunscreen and clothes that can get wet and you're ready for half a day of water fun amidst breath-taking scenery.

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Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

 
Just after dawn or just before sunset are the ideal two moments to spot wildlife. Together with a ranger who knows the park through and through, you peel your eyes and spot animals. Count on seeing herds of buffalo, deer, elk, bears and with a little bit of luck even wolves.
 
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Hotels & Meals

Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.

Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.

Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.

The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.

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Travel Documents

  • Travel documents: All Belgian nationals*  (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages,  valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems. 

  • All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.

  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.
Medical interventions and costs can soon become outrageous in the U.S.A. Reflect before leaving and subscribe a decent travel insurance. Our protections All-in Premier insurance was especially designed specifically for travel to the U.S.A. and provides ample cover for all major calamities (fly-on-time and natural disasters included)!

Time Zones

The United States span 4 time zones:

  • Eastern (- 6 h)
  • Central (- 7 h)
  • Mountain (- 8 h)
  • Pacific (- 9 h)

Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am.  In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am.  The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Currency

Currency

US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,90 EUR & 1 EUR = 1.106 USD (18/09/2019)

Payment Methods
  • A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
  • You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.

Climate

Average Temperatures (°C):
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
San Francisco 13 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 21 21 18 14
Las Vegas 14 17 21 26 31 37 40 39 34 27 19 14
New York  3  5 10 16 22 26 29 28 24 18 12  6
Miami 24 25 26 28 30 31 32 32 31 29 27 25
Chicago -1  2  8 15 22 27 29 28 24 17 9  2
Washington DC  6  8 13 19 24 29 31 30 26 20 14  8

What's included?

  • 14 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
  • Your digital roadbook (day-to-day itinerary)

What's not included?

Your international return flight and car rental.
The total to be paid will depend on your travel dates/class and the size and category of your rental car.

Good to Know

You can choose to start this tour in Los Angeles or San Francisco. The description below follows the route from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Want to add the beautiful coastal road Highway 1 to your programme? In this case, add the extension of two nights at the end of your tour (not included in listed price).

Standard Price per person


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Superior Price per person


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Deluxe Price per person


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