FREEDOM TRAIL

8 days from

Washington DC
DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to NEW YORK AREA
Trek Code:
FT
Destination:
USA East
Departs:
May-Sep
Accommodation:
Camping & Lodging
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Visit the Amish community in Pennsylvania
  • > Washington DC's history & Boston's nightlife
  • > Get soaked on a Niagara Falls boat cruise!
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Tour Overview

For those who are short on time, this tour offers the highlights of America's East Coast in eight fun-packed days, from famous cities and Amish communities to scenic Appalachian forests and mountains. Experience charming small-town flavour and the power of Niagara Falls. Relive the rich history and experience the modern excitement and gentle beauty of this fascinating region.

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
  • Get drenched on a Niagara Falls 'Maid of the Mist' Cruise
  • Philadelphia famous 'Rocky' steps & Liberty Bell
  • Visit a tradition Amish community in Lancaster
  • Take time to relax in charming New England
  • Walk Boston's historic Freedom Trail & hit up the night life
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 5 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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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.

  • > Smithsonian National Museums - Washington DC US$FREE
  • > Walk the Freedom Trail - Boston US$FREE
  • > Cave of the Winds tour - Niagara US$14
  • > Bike rental - Washington DC US$16-$75
  • > Baseball Game - Boston from US$20
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

    First stop is Philadelphia, or 'Philly' if you want to be down with the locals. Check out the Liberty Bell, eat a famous and oh so delicious Philly cheese sandwich and climb the steps from the movie 'Rocky'! Cast your eyes on Independence Hall where brave men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England, an event which helped shape the US Constitution. You may want to head down to Reading Terminal Market for local mouth-watering aromas and flavours. When it comes to DC's museums 'Land of the Free' is spot on and the sensational Smithsonian Museum is well worth a visit, especially for all the culture vultures amongst you. Hiring a bike is a great way to get around the city. For the sport fans, why not take an optional trip to a baseball game (in season) to ensure day two is full to bursting? By night make your way into the city for a self-guided tour of DC's illuminated monuments.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    Turn up the music and enjoy a scenic drive through a countryside that inspired a nation to fight for its freedom. Stop by an Amish community and experience a way of life that hasn't changed in over 200 years. Be prepared to feel completely humbled as you see these people who live for family life and keep things simple with no mod-cons, there's no Wi-Fi here. With an included tour with a local Amish guide you can delve deeper into their community and way of life. Tonight, your home is under a million stars, and this is where you'll really start to settle in to a simple life of your very own.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4: Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls is three waterfalls all rolled into one, so you can only manage how epic it will be to witness this natural wonder with your own two eyes. From the edge of Lake Ontario you'll see the sensation of crashing water is stupendous and the noise just as immense. Niagara Falls really is one of America's greatest national attractions! For the ultimate front row seat hop aboard the `Maid of the Mist' cruise and get up close to the majestic falls, just prepared to get a little wet.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 5: Southern Adirondack Mountains

    City folk can't resist hiding out here in the summer months and you'll soon figure out why. With forested hills, quaint farmyards and colourful meadows aplenty, you'll camp lakeside with the opportunity to swim or kayak to your heart's content. Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 6-7: Boston

    Boston or `Bean Town' (as the locals call it) is the home to the Freedom Trail. Relive the Revolution as you walk around this exciting city visiting historical sites that uncover America's significant past and let the Faneuil Hall's street performers, stores and eateries tell their own Bostonian tale. Lounge and watch the locals from the lawns of Boston Common, then pop across to the famous "Cheers" bar for a cheeky beverage. To top off a great day in Boston, why not try the local taste sensation 'Daddy's Dough'; a fried dough delicacy which the locals swear by and so do we!
    Accommodation: Hostel included

  • Day 8: Boston to New York Area

    From one great city to another, make sure you give yourself an extra day or two after the tour to explore the sights and sounds of New York City. From the bright lights of Times Square to the quirky borough of Brooklyn, this city has so much to offer everyone. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home. For the ultimate slice of New York, jump on an Urban Adventure or take a helicopter flight for an aerial view of the city.

    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 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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