BEST OF THE EAST

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Best of the East
DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to NEW YORK AREA
Trek Code:
BE
Destination:
USA East
Departs:
May-Sep
Accommodation:
Camping
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Enjoy Chicago, Philadelphia & Washington DC
  • > Get soaked on a Niagara Falls boat cruise!
  • > Experience southern country & blues in Nashville
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Tour Overview

It's time to get cultural as you experience the best of the east coast. Explore the fast-paced cities of Washington DC and Chicago and then get your nature fix in the scenic national parks of the Appalachian Mountains. Get back to basic with an introduction into the world of Amish country a place that hasn't changed in over 200 years. Hear the rhythm and blues in Nashville and relive America's history in Philadelphia. This tour does exactly what it says on the tin and there is no doubt that you will definitely see the best of the east!

Included Highlights
  • Locally guides bike tour of Chicago's highlights
  • Thrilling Niagara Falls 'Maid of the Mist' Cruise
  • The lush forests of the Appalachian Mountains
  • Nashville's world famous country music scene
  • Washington DC many monuments and museums
  • Philadelphia famous 'Rocky' steps and Liberty Bell
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 11 camping & 2 hostel nights
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road
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You can now check your email and update Facebook, Twitter and TrekAmerica Live while on the road with our wi-fi enabled vehicles. (Maximum 5 users at a time. Fair usage restrictions may apply. Only available in USA).

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Who travels with TrekAmerica?
Who travels with TrekAmerica

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world, aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.

Our tour price includes your own tour leader plus all transport and accommodation, so all you have to pay for are food, drinks and optional activities. Take a moment to add up all the costs of doing it yourself, and it soon becomes clear that a TrekAmerica trip offers fantastic value for money!

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local conditions and passenger requests vary, no two trips will ever be the same. With the guidance of your Trek Leader you may modify certain night stops and highlights to give a truly unique experience!

Optional Activities (paid locally)

There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

  • > Whitewater rafting on the New River US$70-$90
  • > Smithsonian National Museums US$FREE
  • > Willis Tower in Chicago US$20
  • > Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio US$40-$50
  • > Tree canopy zipline in West Virginia US$119-$199
  • > Bike rental in Washington DC US$16-$75
  • > Country Line Dancing in Nashville US$10
  • > Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville US$25-$40
  • > Country Western Saloons in Nashville US$varies
  • > Chicago - Baseball Game from US$20
  • > Blues clubs in Chicago from US$15
  • > Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Mall US$your limit
  • > River Tubing in Townsend TN, Great Smoky Mountains US$10
  • > Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville US$14
Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

Nashville bars
  • Celebrate July 4th in Nashville
  • Celebrate the Stars & Stripes in true Country style with live music in Nashville!

    Book 28th June 2016 departure


Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

  • Day 1-2: New York Area, Philadelphia & Washington DC

    Strap on your boxing gloves and head for Philadelphia's famous `Rocky' steps and recreate a piece of movie history. Cast your eyes on Independence Hall where brave men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England which helped shape U.S Constitution. Why not peruse the Reading Terminal Market and if all this action has got you hungry, grab yourself an iconic Philly cheese steak one of the many famous local specialities not to be missed! Washington DC is next on the agenda and you will really enjoy the grandeur of the nation's capital. From the impressive Smithsonian Museums to the White House and the city's trendy bars, the capital has something for everyone. Why not hire a bike to cover more ground and then take advantage of the great night life in Georgetown.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • 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!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4: West Virginia

    West Virginia is famous for its mountain scenery and there is heaps to do but one thing you definitely must do is an optional Whitewater rafting trip. If you want to stay on dry land but still want in on all the action, try your hand at zip lining through the trees for an awesome bird's eye view of this beautiful Mountain State.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 5-6: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    You'll have no problem understanding why this is the most visited national park in America, it is simply stunning. Known to the Cherokee people as the 'Place of Blue Smoke', the valleys offer great walking trails to explore. As you hike the amazing trails, keep your eyes peeled for the American black bear and the native white-tail deer. Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 7: Nashville

    Leaving the Appalachians you head to the centre of American country music in Nashville, Tennessee. Expect a big slice of Southern charm where country and western music fills the air, you'll be toe-tapping in no time. You can't come all the way to the music capital without paying a visit to the Jonny Cash Museum or the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you can learn all about the history and traditions of country music. If you didn't like country music before you arrived we're pretty sure you'll be an expert in all things country as you leave.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 8: Indiana

    Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail en route to Indiana and you're sure to be blown away by the superb scenery as you enter the land of the `Great Lakes'. With a capital full of culture, amazing nightlife and a wide mix of culinary delights, you're bound to be more than impressed.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 9-10: Chicago

    Chicago is a city that should not be overlooked, it is awesome! Home to North America's tallest building, the Willis Tower which helps make up an incredible skyline that towers over the sandy shoreline of Lake Michigan. Hit all the highlights on our included Bobby's Bike Hike tour of Chicago, including views of the Willis Tower and Navy Pier and work up an appetite for a slice of Chicago's famous deep dish pizza. Listen out for the city's unofficial anthem "Sweet Home Chicago", ringing out from the hip blues joints on soulful Halsted Street.
    Accommodation: Hostel included

  • Day 11: Ohio

    Cross the Midwest to Cedar Point Amusement Park - home of the Millennium Force - the greatest roller coaster in the world! If the thrill of the ride gets too much for you, head to Lake Erie where you'll be camping for the night.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12: Niagara Falls

    Then it's on to one of America's greatest natural attractions, Niagara Falls. Experience the full force of the falls as you don your blue poncho and hop aboard the Maid of the Mist cruise, just prepare to get a little wet as you get up close and personal to a serious amount of water. For the ultimate show head to the falls at night and see the falls lit up in all their glory.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 13-14: Finger Lakes & New York Area

    A last stop in the rural Finger Lakes region of New York State lets you get back to nature before you heading to the hustle and bustle of the city. Finger Lakes is a unique place full of beautiful waterfalls and world class wineries. On your way to New York City stop off at Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Mall for some last minute shopping before you say goodbye to your new Trek buddies. Be sure to leave yourself a day or two to experience the excitement of the Big Apple. Add an Urban Adventure and have the ease of being guided to all the cities hotspots by a local New Yorker.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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Essential Information

  • We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.
  • You will need adequate travel insurance to join this trip. Download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own TrekAmerica departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic "Trek" style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

City Tours

If you are spending extra time in our gateway cities, you can now plan in advance by pre-booking unique city sightseeing day tours in addition to your TrekAmerica trip.

New York City Tours
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  • All city day tours are operated by local experts who are dedicated to take you behind the scenes so you know it like a local! When booking your TrekAmerica trip, simply select your chosen city tour from the Tour Extras section on the online booking form.

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