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Best of the East

  • Code #BE
  • 13 Days
13 Days
/12 Nights
May 2021 - Sep 2021
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
New York Area
Ends in: 
New York Area
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Trip 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 Mammoth Cave and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. Hear the rhythm and blues in Nashville and relive America's history in Philadelphia. This tour from New York does exactly what it says on the tin and there's no doubt that you'll definitely see the best of the East!


Included Highlights 
  • Locally guided bike tour of Chicago's highlights
  • Thrilling Niagara Falls 'Maid of the Mist' boat tour
  • Visit the caves in Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Philadelphia's famous 'Rocky' steps & Liberty Bell
  • Washington DC's monuments & museums
  • Nashville's world-famous country music scene
Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're in the right place in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, why not book one of our Special Departures. These trips are planned to coincide with some of the most iconic events throughout the Americas.


Get those cowboy boots on and dance the night away as you celebrate the 4th July, the USA's most iconic holiday, in the home of country music.


Treknical Details


National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
10 Nights
Budget Lodging
2 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you have the option to contribute US$10 a day which will cover your meals whilst camping

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
  • This tour requires a minimum number of five to operate. On rare occasions we may run with lower numbers.
  • This tour is designed for travellers aged 18-38


For full information on this amazing tour from New York please download the resources below (pdf format)
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Trek Leader

Nomadic Californian with an addiction to singing while driving. Has a passion for both coffee and craft beer, but doesn't play favorites.

Fave Treat: 
Sour Patch Kids
Fave Song: 
Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
Fave Place: 
New Orleans
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Trek Leader

Small town Iowa boy who loves playing sports and meeting new people. Proud to be a second generation Trek Leader.

Fave Treat: 
Fave Song: 
Sound of Silence by Disturbed
Fave Place: 

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 tours from New York 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!

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

2020 Itinerary

Strap on your boxing gloves and head for Philadelphia's famous 'Rocky' steps to 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. Peruse the Reading Terminal Market and if all this action has got you hungry, grab yourself an iconic Philly cheesesteak, 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?


Camping included


Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Philly cheesesteak US$10
Smithsonian National Museums FREE
Bike rental US$16-$75

West Virginia is famous for its mountain scenery and there's heaps to do, but for all the adventure junkies out there an optional white water rafting trip is guaranteed to lift your heart rate. 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’.


Camping included


Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

White water rafting on New River US$75-$90
Tree canopy zip lining US$80

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-Tailed Deer that also roam the trails.


Camping included


Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Distillery moonshine tasting US$5
River tubing US$11

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 music fills the air. You can't come all the way to 'Music City USA' 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. We're pretty sure you'll be an expert in all things country before you leave!


Camping included


Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Johnny Cash Museum US$19
Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40
Country line dancing US$10
Ryman Auditorium tour US$20-$30
Country western saloons US$varies
Grand Ole Opry US$32-$90

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.


Camping included


Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Bourbon tasting US$15

Chicago is 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 the city's highlights on an included 'Bobby's Bike Hike' tour of Chicago, which includes 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.


Hostel included (multi-share)


Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Willis Tower US$25-$45
Blues clubs from US$6
Museums US$20-$40
Baseball game from US$10
Scenic helicopter flight US$99

Cross the Midwest to Cedar Point Amusement Park - home of 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. You won’t arrive until the afternoon when you can buy a ‘Twilight Pass’, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the rides!

Please note: Cedar Point in Ohio is open all of June, July and August and on certain days during May, September and October. It may not always be possible to visit Cedar Point Amusement park.


Camping included


Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Cedar Point Amusement Park (evening 'Twilight Pass') US$40-$50

Experience the full force of the Niagara Falls as you wear your waterproof blue poncho and hop aboard an included ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat tour. 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 them lit up in all their glory.


Camping included


Camping food kitty applies to this tour

It’s time to head back in to the New York area, but be sure to leave yourself a day or two to experience the excitement of the ‘Big Apple’. Why not add a city tour and have the ease of being guided to the city’s hotspots by a local New Yorker?

This tour ends 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.




Not included. Tour ends at 7:00 hrs


Camping food kitty applies to this tour


What our trekkers say

4.7 out of 5

Trek America - Best of the East - May/June 2015

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Briliant but had to be creative

Reviewed August 2019

This was my 3rd trip. I was excited and nervous just like the others. Once i arrived at my gateway hotel i was able to relax unload grab some food and take a shower to get the plane off me. The next morning like always, we met downstairs in the lobby awaiting for our tour leader. What helped was that i had already spoken to a few trekkers on my tour before hand so saying hello again was like i already knew them. Once i found out who my tour leader was, we sat down together did our introductions and hit the road.

Sim Sui

Great East coast experience

Reviewed May 2017

This was very first trip with TrekAmerica and the first time I visited the US. The trip had a great mix of nature and cities and I can warmly recommend it to everybody. My personal highlights were Chicago and water rafting. Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Monuntains were beautiful.

Past Trekkers Review

Amazing 14 days. Seen so many places!

Reviewed June 2016

This was my second trek but first time to the east coast and I really enjoyed it! I was a bit worried about the amount of time spent in the van but it was worth it just to see all the amazing places. White water rafting was my favourite part of the trek and I would recommend it to everyone! This ...

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

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.



60 S 31st St, Kenilworth, NJ 07033, United States

Close to Newark Liberty International Airport, this boutique hotel offers air conditioning, flat screen TVs and free WiFi in every room.


Please contact our Sales Team for a quote.



Transportation from Newark International Airport is the cheapest and most convenient. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus that can be arranged by calling the hotel on +1 908-241-4100 upon arrival.



From both JFK and La Guardia airports you must first transfer to New York Penn Station located at 31st and 7th Streets in Midtown Manhattan and then take another transfer to Newark International Airport. 

1). To transfer from the airport to New York Penn Station: 
By Shuttle: You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for "Penn Station" landmark when prompted. A shared transfer service costs US$19 plus tip. 

By Bus: The most convenient service is the "New York Airport Express Service Bus". This bus departs from both airports every 20-30 minutes (7am- midnight) and stops are located at the 'Express Bus Stop' at each airport terminal. Cost is US$15. For reservations or for more info call (718) 875-8200 or visit their website at Use taxis for transport during the hours of midnight-7am. 

2). To transfer from NY Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station: 
Trains depart New York Penn Station every 10-15 minutes to Newark Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for approx. $12.50 and wait until the train board displays your track. ALL trains that go to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station are displayed as "EWR." The train ride to the airport station is about 25 minutes and you will be asked to show you ticket while on the train. 

3.) To transfer from Newark Liberty International Train Station to the Kenilworth: 
The hotel offers a free shuttle bus that can be arranged by calling the hotel on +1 908-241-4100 upon arrival.

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available 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. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

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