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  • Salt lake city
  • Idaho Falls
  • Helena
  • Lethbridge
  • Calgary
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • Clearwater
  • Revelstoke
  • Canbrook
  • Missoula
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Salt Lake City

The Rocky Mountains are one of the largest mountain ranges worldwide and cover a distance of about 4800 km from north British Columbia to the Rio Grande in New Mexico. If you want to honour its impresssive mountain chain you cannot take national boundaries into account. This 3-week self drive follows the natural location of the Rockies throughout the US and Canada. Nature lovers this is your selfdrive!

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Day 1 - Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City, the capital of the Mormons. Visit Temple Square, with the imposing Mormon Temple and the famous Chor tabernacle. In the Family History Library, the world's largest database, you can trace your ancestry.

Standard Hotel:  Crystal Inn and Suites
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Day 2 - Salt Lake City - Idaho Falls (432 km)

Start of your roadtrip through the Rockies. Your destination today is Idaho Falls. Enroute, the Craters of the Moon National Monument is a good time for a pause. Due to the volcanic activity in the region, this park offers some remarkable views.

Standard Hotel:  Shilo Inn
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Day 3 - Idaho Falls - Helena (438 km)

You exchange the state of Idaho for Montana and cruise though a rugged mountainous area. This region is the cradle of Montana's mining legacy. A visit to the Bannack State Park and the Minte Museum in Butte, once called the richest Hill of earth, is recommended. You spend the night in the picturesque town of Helena, the capital of Montana, born during the gold rush of 1864. It once had more millionaires per capita than any other place in the world.

Standard Hotel:  Shilo Inn
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Day 4 - Helena – Lethbridge (443 km)

You follow the Lewis & Clark trail through the Missouri River country and cross the border into Canada. A visit to Glacier National Park is on your must-do list today.

Standard Hotel:  Coast Lethbridge Hotel
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Day 5 - Lethbridge - Calgary (254 km)

Up to the city of the rodeo: Calgary. Those who long for some extra bit of green can build in a detour to Waterton Lakes National Park just southwest of Lethbridge. Other drive straight to Calgary and discover the city at their own pace. make sure you visit Heritage Park and the Calgary Tower.

Standard Hotel:  HI Macleod Trails
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Day 6 - Calgary - Banff (130 km)

You continue your way to Banff. Welcome to the the magnificent and enchanting decor of the Canadian Rockies, some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Standard Hotel:  Inns of Banff
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Day 7 - Banff

A full day in Banff to comb the area and enjoy its splendour. Take the cable car to the top of Suphur Mountain, go for a bike ride, a river rafting experience, a ride on horseback or put on those boots for walking and go explore!

Standard Hotel:  Inns of Banff
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Day 8 - Banff - Jasper (285 km)

The magnificent Icefields Parkway, flanked by majestic peaks and sparkling glaciers, takes you to the turquoise waters of Lake Louise. Stop at Lake Peyto and Moraine Lake for a walk. Then, continue to Jasper. The scenery is breathtaking and outrdoor activities abound.

Standard Hotel:  Marmot Lodge
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Day 9 - Jasper

Extra day at Jasper. Visit Jasper and its surrounding area, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Maligne, float relaxedly in Miette Hot Springs, the hottest hot springs in the Canadian Rockies, or jump aboard the Jasper Sky Tram to the summit of Whistler Mountain (7.472 feet).

Standard Hotel:  Marmot Lodge
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Day 10 - Jasper - Clearwater (450 km)

Take the Yellowhead mountain pass. On a clear day it offers stunning views of Mount Robson, the highest peak of the Rockies. Next, follow the Thompson River to the south along Wells Gray Provincial Park. Make sure to pause for a boat ride at Blue River.

Standard Hotel:  Clearwater Lodge and Resort
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Day 11 - Clearwater - Revelstoke (280 km)

On your programme today is Revelstoke, a village located near the hononymous national park. Spectacular waterfalls, dizzying mountain peaks and beautiful lakes ar your travel companion today as well.

Standard Hotel:  Coast Hillcrest Hotel
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Day 12 - Revelstoke - Cranbrook (395 km)

A final ride along the Canadian Rockies leads the way through Glacier National Park. You cross the Rogers Pass. Yoho National Park is one of the country's oldest national parks with its Kicking Horse Pass. Via Radium Hot Springs, you continue to Canbrook where you spend your last night for now on Canadian territory.

Standard Hotel:  Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort
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Day 13 - Cranbrook - Missoula (407 km)

Welcome back in the USA. Obviously nature does not know about human made boundaries and continues its glorious splendour. You drive alongside the US Rocky Mountains in a southernly direction and pass the impressive lake Flathead surrounded by extensive woods.

Standard Hotel:  Holiday Inn
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Day 14 - Missoula - Yellowstone National Park (613 km)

Today the longest stretch of your self drive features on your programme. Your reward however is just as impressive: a 3 night stay at the awesome Yellowstone National Park.

Standard Hotel:  Yellowstone Park Hotel
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Days 15 - 16 - Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, the very first park to acquired the status of US National Park way back in 1908, is jaw-droppingly awesome. Not only will you find the highest concentration of geothermal activity in the world, the park sets out to protect herds of bison, elk and other (endangered) species. Two full days on site give you the opportunity to enjoy its mindboggling beauty.

Standard Hotel:  Yellowstone Park Hotel
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Day 17 - Yellowstone National Park - Grand Teton National Park (204 km)

A short drive will take you south of Yellowstone to the next peak of natural beauty, Grand Teton National Park and its snowcapped mountains. You spend the night in Jackson Hole, a cowboy village with saloons and ranches where you can enjoy Wild West Shows.

Standard Hotel:  Togwotee Mountain Lodge
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Day 18 - Grand Teton National Park

Take your time to visit this park extensively. Spot wildlife or go rafting; these are only two of the popular outdoor activities around.

Standard Hotel:  Togwotee Mountain Lodge
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Day 19 - Grand Teton National Park - Salt Lake City (458 km)

From the Wild West you drive to Salt Lake City, where it all began. Turn tonight into a memory, just like the ones you were spoilt with during this unforgettable selfdrive.

Standard Hotel:  Crystal Inn and Suites
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Day 20 - Salt Lake City

End of your selfdrive.

Banff Horseriding in Sundance

 2 hours

Enjoy the fresh mountain air of the Rockies during your horseback ride. You ride along the banks of the river Bow and cross over Sulfur mountain. A unique opportunity to enjoy nature with all your 5 senses and make beautiful photos as lifelong souvenirs. 

Season:  operates 24 APR - 05 OCT. Min. 8 years; max 113 kg / 250 pounds

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Banff Gondola

 2 hours

From the cable car that takes you to the summit of the Sulfur Mountain you can admire breathtaking panoramas. Follow the marked walk on top of the mountain. Super instructive and stunning views guaranteed.

Season:  operates 1 APR > 31 OCT. Child rate: age 6 > 15

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Jasper Walk the Athabasca Glacier

 1h20

Travel to the heart of the Rockies and board the Ice Explorer, a specially designed 4x4 vehicle, to the 6 km large Athabasca glacier. You will feel the ice crack underneath your shoes. An exceptional experience, especially in summer! 

  • The excursion to Athabasca Glacier lasts 1h20, of which 90 min. are spend on the glacier
  • Season: Operates 19 APR > 14 OCT (weather-permitting). Childfare: age 6 > 15.
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Jasper Rafting the Athabasca River

 2h30

What is the best way to experience Canada like real Canadians and explore nature up close?
Thanks to your experienced guide you see the landscapes and the wilderness like never before. This excursion does not need you to be experienced; the rafting is suitable for the whole family!

  • Season: Operates 10 MAY > 06 OCT (weather-permitting).
  • Childfare: age 2>5 and 6>17.
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Jasper On top of the Athabasca Glacier & Skywalk

 1/2 day

Besides exploring the Athabasca Glacier, you also get the chance to walk the brand new glass suspension bridge. Perched above a cliff over the Sunwapta Canyon,280 metres high, you will be awe-struck by the unlikely stunning panoramic views and the feeling to be on top of the world. A unique experience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Season: Operates 19 APR > 14 OCT (weather-permitting). Childfare: age 6 > 15.

  • The excursion to Athabasca Glacier lasts 1h20, of which 90 min. are spend on the glacier
  • The time at skywalk is unlimited
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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 = 0,92 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?

  • 19 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.

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