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 get your nature fix in the scenic national parks of the Appalachian Mountains. 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's no doubt that you'll definitely see the best of the east!

Au Pair Discount - Save 20%

All au pairs receive a 20% discount off all published prices displayed in the Dates & Prices tab. To receive your discount enter "333000" into the Discount Code field on the first page of the booking system and enter your Counselor, Coordinator or Area Director's details when prompted. Alternatively, quote the code and details to our reservations staff for telephone bookings. Discount cannot be combined with any other offers.

Included Highlights
  • Locally guided bike tour of Chicago's highlights
  • Thrilling Niagara Falls 'Maid of the Mist' cruise
  • Visit Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Philadelphia famous 'Rocky' steps & Liberty Bell
  • Washington DC many monuments & museums
  • Nashville's world famous country music scene
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
Wi-Fi Enabled

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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Our Best of the East Trek Tips include all you need to know about this Trek. They contain all the trip details, plus information on everything from visas to spending money and what to pack.

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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 overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

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 most popular activities for this trip which can be arranged via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • > White water rafting - New River US$70-$90
  • > Smithsonian National Museums - Washington DC US$FREE
  • > Willis Tower - Chicago US$20
  • > Cedar Point Amusement Park - Ohio US$40-$50
  • > Tree canopy zipline - West Virginia US$110
  • > Grand Ole Opry - Nashville US$19-$90
  • > Bike rental - Washington DC US$16-$75
  • > Country line dancing - Nashville US$10
  • > Country Music Hall of Fame - Nashville US$25-$40
  • > Country Western saloons - Nashville US$varies
  • > Baseball game - Chicago from US$20
  • > Blues clubs - Chicago from US$15
  • > Premium Outlet Mall - Woodbury Common US$your limit
  • > Johnny Cash Museum - Nashville US$14
  • > Museums - Chicago US$20-$50
  • > Bourbon tasting - Kentucky US$10
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 and Stripes in true Country style with live music and entertainment 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 to help shape US 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 specialties not to be missed! Washington DC is next on the agenda and you'll 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

    Have your cameras at the ready as you follow the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park for stunning views across the Valley. The lush trails put earth under your boots, great oaks tower above you and there's epic scenery every which way you look, it's time to enjoy some beautiful hiking.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4: West Virginia

    West Virginia is famous for its mountain scenery and there's heaps to do, but for all the adventure junkies out there, one thing you definitely must do is an optional white-water 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's simply stunning. Known to the Cherokee people as the 'Place of Blue Smoke', the valleys offer great walking trails for you to explore. As you hike the amazing trails, keep your eyes peeled for the American Black Bear and the native White-tail Deer that also roam the trails.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 7: Nashville

    Leaving the Smokies you and your fellow Trekkers 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 tradition 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 before you leave.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 8: Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky & Indiana

    Enjoy an awesome stop at Mammoth Cave National Park and feel like an explorer as you delve deep into the cave in search of stalagmites and stalactites. Then follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to Indiana (with optional tasting). 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's awesome! Home to North America's tallest building, the Willis Tower helps make up an incredible skyline that towers over the sandy shoreline of Lake Michigan. Hit all the highlights on an included 'Bobby's Bike Hike' tour of Chicago, including views of the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Exploring the city on two wheels is a sure fire way to 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 nights 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 for some chill out time around a roaring campfire.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 12: Niagara Falls

    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 included `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

    You make one final pit stop in the rural Finger Lakes region of New York State, for one last nature fix before you head back to the hustle and bustle of city life. The Finger Lakes are unique, full of beautiful waterfalls and world-class wineries. On your way to New York City stop in 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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  • Book your tour with a 10% deposit per person (no hidden fees)
  • Pay your balance in instalments over the phone or via the website
  • Pay your final balance 8 weeks before departure
  • No additional fees if you choose to pay by credit card
  • We hold ABTA & ATOL licenses offering financial security for your tour

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.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote.
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Private Departures

For 8 or more travellers, we can organise a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a departure date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic 'Trek' style of travel. Can't find a trip that suits your needs exactly? Let us tailor one of our traditional trips, or even create a bespoke itinerary. We will work with you to plan your adventure and with the benefit of our in depth knowledge we can build you a unique experience within your budgets and bucket lists!

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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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