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  • Las Vegas
  • Zion
  • Kanab
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Lake Powell
  • Page
  • Monument Valley
  • Kayenta
  • Canyonlands
  • Moab
  • Arches
  • Dead Horse Point
  • Capitol reef
  • Torrey
  • Anasazi Indian
  • Kodachrome Basin
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Cedar Breaks
  • Las Vegas

Enjoy the glitter and glamour of electrifying Las Vegas and fall under the spell of the most splendid National Parks of the World: Zion, Grand Canyon, Moab, Bryce... Such amazing beauty and magnificence!

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Day 1 - Las Vegas

Las Vegas. Day or night doesn’t matter. In the City of Lights, life is always vibrant: exciting casinos, spectacular shows, joyful wedding chapels, imaginative hotels... all and everything blends in down the strip.

Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : shows, flights by helicopter or plane over The Strip or Grand Canyon.

Standard Hotel:  Gold Coast Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Platinum Hotel and Spa (Bed only)
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Day 2 - Las Vegas > Zion

After the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas you drive to the peace and quiet of Zion National Park and the soft rush of Virgin River. There is a complimentary shuttle system that runs through the park. By utilizing this, you can visit the Zion’s other major attractions such as the Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock and Angels Landing.

 

Standard Hotel:  HI Express (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  La Quinta Inn & Suites
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Day 3 - Zion > Kanab

Enjoy most of the day exploring Zion before you leave for Kanab. You can go on a bike ride or enjoy one of the stunning trails in the park.

Standard Hotel:  BW Red Hills
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Superior Hotel:  BW Red Hills
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Day 4 - Kanab > Grand Canyon > Lake Powell > Page

Depart Kanab very early this morning to see the north Rim of the Grand Canyon. It has 3 developed viewpoints that offer a sense of looking across the expanse of the canyon, rather than into its depths. Views of the Colorado River are rare. Note that the trip to Point Imperial and Cape Royal, with short walks at each and several stops at pull-outs along the way, can easily take half a day. Continue to beautiful Lake Powell in the afternoon, where you can enjoy a boat ride surrounded by red cliff walls.

Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : Lake Powell Cruises & Antelope Canyon

Standard Hotel:  La Quinta Inn and Suites Page at Lake powell
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Superior Hotel:  Lake Powell Resort (Bed only)
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Day 5 - Page > Monument Valley > Kayenta

This morning visit the John Wesley Powell Museum to learn more about the lake, before and after the dam construction. You may also wish to visit the magnificent Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural bridges in the world. It may be reached by boat, on foot, or on horseback.

Drive on towards Monument Valley, a familiar sight and setting of many a western. Learn about their names ‘Three Sisters’ and ‘The Tumb’. Consider a visit to the Navajo National Monument which preserves three intact cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people.

Pre-bookable excursion at favorable rate : Monument Valley Tour

 

Standard Hotel:  Kayenta Monument Valley Inn (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Goulding's Monument Valley Lodge (Bed only)
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Day 6 - Kayenta > Canyonlands > Moab

Drive towards Canyonlands National Park with its spectacular rock formations and vivid colours. Here you can view thousands of feet down to the Colorado and Green Rivers, or thousands of feet up to red rock arches, spires and cliffs. The Needles district is the most colourful section. You can hike, go on guided ATV and bicycle tours or consider a white water rafting, any way you chose, you’ll be impressed! Continue to Moab for a two-night stay.

 

Standard Hotel:  Motel 6
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Superior Hotel:  Red Cliffs Lodge (Bed only)
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Day 7 - Moab & Arches National Park

In Arches National Park you will encounter over 2,000 natural freestanding sandstone arches. The number varies from day to day, as old arches crumble and new ones form. The most famous of these is Delicate Arch.

Pre-bookable excursion at a favorable rate : rafting in Canyonlands

 

Standard Hotel:  Motel 6
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Superior Hotel:  Red Cliffs Lodge (Bed only)
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Day 8 - Moab > Dead Horse Point > Capitol Reef > Torrey

Leave Moab early mornings to explore the amazing Dead Horse Point State Park. You may recognize views from the final scene in Thelma and Louise. Next on your programme is Capitol Reef National Park. Stop at Panorama Point which offers excellent photo opportunities and to enjoy the views. Continue to Torrey for an overnight stay.

 

Standard Hotel:  BW Capitol Reef Resort (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  BW Capitol Reef Resort (Bed only)
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Day 9 & 10 - Torrey > Bryce Canyon

Drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. Stop for a visit at the Anasazi Indian Village State Park, believed to have been occupied from A.D. 1050 to 1200 and largely unexcavated. As you continue, drive through Kodachrome Basin State Park with its spectacle of massive sandstone chimneys, ever-changing from grey and white to shades of red with the day's mood. Your next stop is the “amphitheatres” of colourfully eroded rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park, called hoodoos.
Tomorrow you may wish to consider a drive to Rainbow Point. From some of the overlooks, you can see more than 100 miles on a clear day. Sunrise and Sunset Point are absolute musts on your schedule. They can be reached by car, on horseback or on foot.

Standard Hotel:  Bryce View Lodge
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Superior Hotel:  BW Plus Bryce Canyon (Bed only)
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Day 11 & 12 - Bryce Canyon > Cedar Breaks > Las Vegas

Cedar Breaks National Monument somewhat resembles Bryce Canyon, but in a much smaller scale. It is shaped like a giant coliseum made up of stone spires, arches and pinnacles in shades of red, yellow and purple. The bristlecone pine, one of the world's oldest trees, grows in the area and can be found along the Spectra Point Trail. Continue to Las Vegas for a two-night stay.
Excursion: Fly by helicopter or plane over Grand Canyon.
Standard Hotel:  Gold Coast Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Platinum Hotel and Spa (Bed only)
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Day 13 - Las Vegas

Today is your selfdrive comes to an end. Should you have the time, why not extend with an extra few days or combine your trip with another selfdrive?

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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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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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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Page Canyon Adventure Cruise

 2h30

What better way to explore Lake Powell then during a boat trip. This 2h30 cruise takes you to the Navajo and Antelope Canyon.

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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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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 Panoramic Cruise

 2 hours

What better way to explore Lake Powell then during a boat trip. In summer, the evening cruise is a must!

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Lake Powell Rainbow Bridge Air Tour

 35 - 40 min.

Why not hop on a plane fitted with oversize windows and explore Lake Powell’s many twists and turns. At approximately 2,000 miles in length, the shoreline of Lake Powell is actually longer than of the entire US east coast. The highlight is definitely the rainbow bridge, a nature-shaped sandstone arch and largest natural bridge in the world, a favourite amongst photographers!

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Lake Powell Rainbow Bridge Cruise

 6 hours

What better way to explore Lake Powell then during this 6-hour cruise to Rainbow Bridge with a short hike to the impressive natural bridge. 

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Secret Antelope and Horseshoe Bend

 

This tour offers you a visit to one of the isolated slot canyons of the region where only 25 people are admitted at the same time. Also enjoy a different viewpoint on Horseshoe Bend from a much less visited place!

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Moab Rafting in Canyonlands - Afternoon Trip

 4h30

Explore Canyonlands from the Colorado River! Take waterproof sunscreen, and clothes and get ready for a half day of fun in a breathtaking setting.

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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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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.

(Wikipedia)

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 = 0,92 EUR & 10 EUR = 10.83 USD (01/05/2020)

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?

  • 11 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

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.

Standard Price per person


S1LAS177


Superior Price per person


S1LAS177


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