You have little time but want to squeeze a maximum in? Then this selfdrive has been designed for you! You explore Los Angeles and San Francisco, two cosmopolitan cities which may be geographically closely linked, yet in style and feel they are worlds apart. The phenomenal Pacific Coastal drive links the two cities. Then it is on to the awesome mountain scapes of Yosemite National Park and from here to the excitement capital of the world: Las Vegas. Your loop ends in the City of Angels. There is no two ways about it: this drive is simply stunning.
Day 1 - Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the glamour and entertainment capital of the United States. Drive through Beverly Hills, home of many movie stars, stroll along the Walk of Fame and look for the star of your favourite film star, match your hand and feet to those of celebrities in over 200 impressions at the Mann’s Chinese Theatre. You spend the night near the airport.
Day 2 - Los Angeles > Santa Barbara > San Simeon (386km)
Santa Barbara is a gem. The pristine city's climate gives rise to a number of natural attractions. Stroll through the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens to view breath-taking flora or hike a scenic nature trail in Los Padres National Forest. The beaches all have their own allure. East Beach attracts the trendy and young while fishing and whale watching are the favourites at Arroyo Burro. Continue to San Simeon for an overnight stay.
Day 3 - San Simeon > Monterey > San Francisco (339km)
Today you take the luxurious drive up the Pacific Coast towards Monterey, once the sardine capital of the Western Hemisphere. In Cannery Row (made famous by the novelist Johan Steinbeck) old sardine factories have been converted to quaint restaurants and amusing boutique shops. Monterey Bay is a fantastic place to go on a whale watching tour, but don’t forget to take the time out to follow down the scenic 17-Mile Drive up the coast. Continue on to San Francisco for a two night stay.
Day 4 - San Francisco
Union square, Nob Hill, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Park, all famous landmarks. Too many for one day!
Why not explore them by means off different vehicles? Take a breath-taking ride on a cable car, rent a bike and cycle across the Golden Gate, visit the worlds most notorious jail, Alcatyraz, or cruise the Bay. By car you may wish to drive down the dramatic curves of Lombard Street, the "crookest street in the world" – expect a queue! Savour exotic ingredients in Chinatown or Castro-district.
Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : Hop on Hop off, Alcatraz, Escape from the Rock Cruise, Aquarium of the Bay
Day 5 - San Francisco > Yosemite > Fresno (458km)
Leave the hustle and bustle of San Francisco behind and drive towards Yosemite National Park. The striking beauty of Yosemite is due in part to the Yosemite Valley, whose flat floor contrasts with nearly vertical granite walls named El Capitan, Glacier Point and Half Dome and the major waterfalls that tumble over them.
At Yosemite Village, you can visit the Valley Visitor Centre and see its orientation film, publications, theatre programs, and exhibits highlighting the natural and human history. Self-guiding trails are nearby.
Day 6 - Fresno > Las Vegas (640km)
From the green pastures of Yosemite you drive to the dry and hot site of Las Vegas, a city beyond 'spectacular'. Each hotel and casino has a distinctly different theme and all have marvelous displays. Casino’s, wedding chapels, hotels, restaurants…in Las Vegas life seems to mix in an electrifying display of light!
Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : performances, flights by helicopter or plane over Grand Canyon or The Strip. Fly by helicopter or plane over The Strip or Grand Canyon.
Day 7 - Las Vegas > Los Angeles (439km)
Too soon you are on your way again, back to L.A, via Santa Monica. Its Pier, built in 1916, it was once known as the "finish line" of legendary Route 66 and features an aquarium, an amusement park and the famous Hippodrome building that has been featured in many films. Visit the Getty Centre and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. or swipe your credit card shopping on Rodeo Drive.
Day 8 - Los Angeles
Take out a full day at Universal Studios Hollywood and look behind the scenes at movie making or cast yourself in the thrilling rides, shows and attractions that bring the movies to life. Universal CityWalk offers restaurants and nightclubs. Or spend a day at Disneyland. Whichever you choose: entertainment is ensured!
Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : Universal Studios Hollywood & Disneyland
Day 9 - Los Angeles
Take out a full day at Universal studios and look behind the scenes at movie making or cast yourself in the thrilling rides, shows and attractions that bring the movies to life. Universal City Walk offers restaurants and nightclubs. Or spend a day at Disneyland. Whichever you choose: entertainment is ensured!
Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : Universal Studios & Disneyland
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.
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.
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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
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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)!
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.
US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,92 EUR & 10 EUR = 10.83 USD (01/05/2020)
- 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.
Average Temperatures (°C):
- 8 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
- Your 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
Start or end your journey with an unforgettable citytrip or extend with another awesome selfdrive.
Make the most of your flight and make a stopover in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago or Philadelphia enroute to your selfdrive destination.