Planning for our May/June United States of America (USA) West Coast trip had turned out to be easier than expected – we have always heard of the necessity to rent a car for the cheaper cost and convenience of getting around attractions within the USA. However we were quite concerned with driving in a foreign country especially with the left hand drive (which is opposite from the right hand drive of Singapore) and the need to familiarise with local road customs and rules.
We decided instead to adopt a mix of internal flights and day tours to avoid the hassle of driving. Surprisingly, this is quite a cost-efficient, easier and less stressful approach and we were just able to cover most of the key attractions in West Coast America. Our tour of West Coast America covers Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco with day trips to Grand Canyon and Death Valley.
If you are planning a trip to West Coast USA and would like to avoid driving and maximise your time covering the key attractions in these area, you can consider downloading (Word docx version) our United States of America West Coast Trip Itinerary (no driving required) featuring these cities – Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco (includes Disneyland Park at Anaheim, Grand Canyon and Death Valley).
With the right trip preparations and resources e.g. CheapTickets.sg multi-stop trip functionality, you will be able to pick up bargain deals e.g. discounts off day tours and cheap airfares within the USA and even to & fro USA (as we did with Cathay’s promotion)!
For a more economical way of seeing more attractions at Hollywood and San Francisco, we also picked up CityPASSes from CityPASS Hollywood and CityPASS San Francisco – see USA West Coast itinerary for more info.
Even with the savings from the CityPASS and affordable airfares, such a trip will cost about upwards of S$6000 (after factoring in accommodation, food and entrance fees). For better cash flow control, I recommend OCBC Cashflo Mastercard which allows customers to defer payment for their holiday in the States without incurring any interests (if they pay back on time of course!)
OCBC Cashflo is designed for people who are looking to manage their cash flow smartly and pay for expenditures in instalments. OCBC Cashflo customers can break expensive holidays into 3 or 6 months instalments without any interests. That way, it helps to manage their customers to manage cash flow better and smarter. Furthermore, you can earn rebates of up to 1% to offset your bill (treat it as a 1% discount for your United States holiday! – potential saving of at least S$60 just by using OCBC Cashflo). Plus you can enjoy movie discounts, dining and motoring privileges when you use OCBC Cashflo Mastercard!
For more information on OCBC Cashflo and how it can help you plan your financials for your holiday, see this link: http://www.ocbc.com/personal-
The following pictures provides a quick preview of some of the places covered with our itinerary. Do stay tuned to our next few posts for our journey around the West Coast USA – Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco.
Checking out the birthplace of Mickey Mouse and the original Disneyland Park at Anaheim, California (an hour away from Los Angeles) which others were modelled after e.g. Hong Kong Disneyland and Paris Disneyland
The beautiful sights of the Grand Canyon at Arizona state – do you spot the eagle in the rock behind us; this is called Eagle’s Point which is well known for the eagle-like rock formation behind us…
… and of course the Golden Gate Bridge – the icon of San Francisco.