USA Tour 14 Day Best of the East
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From $1,869, 14 days, USA Trip code: USBE

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 2 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Guided Chicago Bike Tour 
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise 
  • Evening illumination visit to Washington DC monuments  
  • Soak up the atmosphere in Nashville and see live country music
  • Sightseeing in Philadelphia - visit the famous 'Rocky' steps
  • National Parks- Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Services of an awesome tour leader 

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Exhilarating East USA tours; start amid the corridors of power then veer right off the tourist path. Feel the pulse of the city that never sleeps in New York City. Take in the incredible monuments and museums of Washington DC and touch the sky on the observation deck of the Sears Tower in Chicago. Let nature take over with the soaring peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, the Great Lakes of the mid-west and the spectacular rush of water at Niagara Falls.  Add a soundtrack of County and Blues and we reckon you’ve got the East covered.


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24 May 2015Best of the East - 14 days$1,869AvailableBook now
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What will I be doing?

  • Day 1 to 2 (2 days)

  • Day 3 to 4 (2 days)

  • Day 5 to 7 (3 days)

  • Day 8 to 10 (3 days)

  • Day 11 to 14 (4 days)

Day 1 to 2 : 2 days

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Destination info

In the States, ‘the East’ is everything to the right of the Mississippi River. From New York to New Orleans and from the Great Lakes south to the tropical Florida Keys; the East means something different to everyone.  To some it’s Boston, Broadway, basketball and the blues; to others it’s history, hillbillies and Harlem

  • Location: New York Area & Washington DC

Day 1-2: New York Area & Washington DC 

Washington D.C. is the perfect introduction to the social, cultural and political history of the United States. Explore D.C.'s parks by day and monuments by night. From the impressive Smithsonian Museum to the White House, to Georgetown's trendy bars, the capital has something for everyone.

Day 3 to 4: 2 days

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Destination info

In the States, ‘the East’ is everything to the right of the Mississippi River. From New York to New Orleans and from the Great Lakes south to the tropical Florida Keys; the East means something different to everyone.  To some it’s Boston, Broadway, basketball and the blues; to others it’s history, hillbillies and Harlem

  • Location: Shenandoah National Park to West Virginia

Day 3: Shenandoah National Park 

Follow the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park for stunning views across the Valley. The Appalachian Trail puts earth under your boots, great oaks overhead and huge scenery every which way you look. Enjoy this amazing hike!
 
Day 4: West Virginia 
The Mountain State should be called the Whitewater State: feed the rafting bug with an optional blast rafting some of the best whitewater in America or try your hand at zip lining through the trees.

Day 5 to 7: 3 days

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Destination info

In the States, ‘the East’ is everything to the right of the Mississippi River. From New York to New Orleans and from the Great Lakes south to the tropical Florida Keys; the East means something different to everyone.  To some it’s Boston, Broadway, basketball and the blues; to others it’s history, hillbillies and Harlem

  • Location: Great Smoky Mountains to Nashville

Day 5-6: Great Smoky Mountains 

Known to the Cherokee people as the 'Place of Blue Smoke', the valleys offer great walking trails to explore. Keep your eyes peeled, this is the home of the American black bear!
 
Day 7: Nashville 
Leaving the Appalachians we head to the center of American country music in Nashville, Tennessee. Expect a big slice of Southern charm where country and western fills foot-tapping live venues - then satisfy your urge for thumping bass, rock anthems or whatever gets you on the dance floor.

Day 8 to 10: 3 days

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Destination info

In the States, ‘the East’ is everything to the right of the Mississippi River. From New York to New Orleans and from the Great Lakes south to the tropical Florida Keys; the East means something different to everyone.  To some it’s Boston, Broadway, basketball and the blues; to others it’s history, hillbillies and Harlem

  • Location: Indiana to Chicago

Day 8: Indiana 

Hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail en route to the birthplace of the deep dish pizza, sweet home Chicago.
 
Day 9-10: Chicago 
Travel out of the woods and into the wildlife, Chicago that is! The nation's third largest city, home to North America's tallest building, the Willis Tower, boasts incredible nightlife. Hit all the highlights on Bobby's Bike Hike tour of Chicago, including views of the Willis Tower and Navy Pier, then browse hip blues joints on soulful Halsted Street.

Day 11 to 14: 4 days

Destination info

In the States, ‘the East’ is everything to the right of the Mississippi River. From New York to New Orleans and from the Great Lakes south to the tropical Florida Keys; the East means something different to everyone.  To some it’s Boston, Broadway, basketball and the blues; to others it’s history, hillbillies and Harlem

  • Location: Ohio to New York

Day 11-12: Ohio & Niagara Falls 

Cross the midwest to Cedar Point Amusement Park - home of the Millenium Force - the greatest roller coaster in the world! Then it's on to one of America's greatest natural attractions, Niagara Falls. By day, get as close as you dare on the "Maid of the Mist" boat trip where a serious amount of water crashes only feet from you, and at night see them lit up in all their glory.
 
Day 13-14: Finger Lakes & New York Area 
A last stop in the lovely and rural Finger Lake region of New York State, before returning back to the Garden State where the adventure began. This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book extra hotel nights and explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own before heading home.

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What's included?

  • Transportation
  • Services of a tour leader
  • All camping fees and equipment
  • Guided Chicago Bike Tour
  • Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • Sightseeing in Nashville
  • All accommodation

What's not included?

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Activities
  • Spending Money
  • Food

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age is 18 years. Maximum age is 38 years.

 

Accommodation

11 nights camping (including fees and equipment)

2 hostel/hotel nights 

 

Meals

On our camping tours, our groups share in the preparation and cooking of the food. Supplies, excluding soft drinks and alcohol, are purchased from the food kitty, and each member of the group pays US$10 per day en route. This covers three meals on most days while we are camping; eating fresh foods that we purchase as we travel to satisfy the international flavour of the group - a healthy way to travel at an unbeatable price. Naturally this does not cover hotel stops or when Trek groups sometimes sample regional cuisine at local restaurants.

 

Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Trek America.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. How many people will there be on the tour?

Between 6 and 13 people with one tour leader.

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2. What is the average age of the tour participants?

The age range is 18-38 and early to mid twenties are the most common ages.

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3. How fit do I need to be?

There will be a fair bit of walking and hiking on the tour as well as the opportunity to do lots of activities. So you should be relatively fit but dont forget that activities are optional so you can do the trip at your own pace.

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4. Will I be the only person travelling on my own?

No, the majority of our travellers are solo travellers and you will meet lots of people on your tour!

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5. What if I have never camped before?

Don't worry, your fantastic tour leader will show you how to put your tent up and use your camping equipment.

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6. How much money do I need to bring on the tour?

For TrekAmerica camping tours you will need to budget for the food kitty. This is usually US$10 a day however see individual tour pages for specific details. This will cover all of your meals while camping but does not cover meals during hotel stops or when the group chooses to sample regional cuisine. Depending on the tour you choose, there may be en-route hotel nights paid locally and the cost will be shown on the itinerary. You should budget for each of these night stops. We recommend you take at least US$40/CAN$40 dollars per day to budget for your optional activities and snacks along the way on all our North American Treks. This does not include money for food kitty and en route hotel expenses. We suggest you bring US $150 with you in cash. ATM’s and cash machines are readily available throughout North America and major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country. Traveller’s checks are accepted and can be a safe way to take your funds but aren’t always the most practical. In some off the beaten track destinations ATM’s and cash machines may be limited. Credit card payment can’t be accepted for food kitty and enroute hotel payments.

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7. Do I need to tip?

Although it may not be customary in your country, it is normal and expected in North America to tip waiters, bar staff, any type of guide and taxi drivers. Service workers are paid a low wage and depend upon their tips for their livelihood. A minimum of 15% is standard in restaurants. Your trek leader works long and hard for you. He or she may well become your close friend during the trek, but they also need to pay their bills. If the leader's performance meets or exceeds your expectations we recommend a tip of US $5 per person, per day.

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USA Tour 14 Day Best of the East

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Blues clubs in Chicago Maid of the Mist boat trip at Niagara Falls

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Don't pack more than you'd need - you can buy extra out there. Relax and take the time to look around your surroundings. Enjoy yourself.

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