If it is pristine nature settings you are after, then grab your bags and your camera and get ready for the trip of a lifetime through the Wyoming prairies and the awe-inspiring national parks of Badlands, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountains. If you believe the US West Coast is spectacular, keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you as this will be a fortnight filled with amazing surprises.
Day 1 - Salt Lake City
Your road trip starts in Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah and seat of the Mormon church. With over 16 million members worldwide, this religious movement is omnipresent in both the state and the capital, where most streets are named after their location in relation to the Mormon temple on Temple Square. The city is scenically surrounded by mountains. And why not head to the Salt Flats, a vast salt plain where all kinds of vehicles try to break set speed records every year on the famous Bonneville Speedway.
Day 2 - Salt Lake City > Moab (480km)
Day 3 - Moab
Today you can explore these two parks, a mere 50 km from one another. Hint: rise early and watch the sun rise over the Mesa Arch and the giant canyon behind it in Canyonlands. Highlights in Arches include the Delicate Arch, a sandstone arch that has been in balance for about 70,000 years and is the symbol of Utah. The sunsets here are unforgettable.
Day 4 - Moab > Vail (403km)
You leave Moab and drive along the HWY 128, the setting of many a Hollywood blockbusters including 'Thelma & Louise'. The road runs along the banks of the Colorado River and then climbs to Vail, one of the most famous ski resorts in Colorado.
Day 5 - Vail > Cheyenne (312km)
Today you will head north as you add a third national park to your trip: the Rocky Mountain NP. The Trail Ridge Road will take you up to 3700m altitude and spoils you with numerous viewpoints of snow-capped peaks. Next you drive to the capital of Wyoming: Cheyenne, thé hotspot for rodeo lovers. If you want, you can visit the Frontier Days Old West Museum, where you will learn all about cowboys and -girls.
Day 6 - Cheyenne > Badlands (491km)
Day 7 - Badlands > Rapid City (160 km)
Day 8 - Rapid City
Half an hour suffices to view the huge Mount Rushmore. The faces of presidents carved into the rocks are more than 18 meters high. A good dose of patriotism! Next you wil lbe driving along the incredible Iron Mountain Road towards Custer State Park, where 1500 bison and thousands of prairie dogs await your visit. On the way do not miss out on Crazy Horse Memorial, one of the largest sculptures in the world that, when completed, will measure 195 meters by 172 meters. Still time at hand? Continue to Wind Cave National Park.
Day 9 - Rapid City > Billings (512km)
On your programme are the Deadwood saloons famous among other things as the film set for its namesake tv-series, The Devil's Tower in Wyoming features in Steven Spielberg's movie 'Encounters of the Third Kind' which towers 265 m above the surrounding landscape. You continue to Billings where you spend the night.
Day 10 - Billings > Cody (171km)
Today, you drive down the legendary Beartooth highway, considered one of the most beautiful roads in the United States. In winter, snowfall is so heavy here that the road is usually closed until mid-May! Keep your eyes peeled for animals along the way! Tonight you reside in the city of Buffalo Bill! This is the perfect time to attend a rodeo.
Day 11 - Cody > Yellowstone (189km)
Rise early and go explore one of the absolute highlights of your trip. Indeed, today you set foot in the first national park in the world! Why not start with Yellowstone Lake? Promiss you will not have to wait long before you see the earth boil in front of you.
Day 12 - Yellowstone
Today is all about: geysers, steam, canyons but also bison and with a bit of luck even bears. Hint: visit the Old Faithfull Visitor Center first to find out more about the best time to photograph the eruptions as you present the planning of your day to the rangers.
Day 13 - Yellowstone > Jackson (157km)
You travel south of Yellowstone and enter the last national park of your trip: Grand Teton, which probably offers one of the most beautiful mountain panoramas in the country. In the afternoon you arrive at the charming village of Jackson, which you could call the Courchevel of the USA. The village lies at the foot of the park and is surrounded by mountains. The cowboy atmosphere will bound charm you. You can eat in the numerous restaurants, there are some for every taste. After dinner put on your cowboy boots and sit at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Do not look for bar stool, here you sit on a cowboy saddle. In the town square you can make a nice photo under one of the deer antlers arches.
Day 14 - Jackson > Salt Lake City (441km)
Day 15 - Salt Lake City
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.
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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.
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- 14 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
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Your international return flight and car rental, unlisted meals and beverages, National Park Pass and personal expenses such as fuel, tips, etc
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