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New York Area to New York Area
13 days
From $2,759
Tour code: BE


  • 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

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! 

What's included?

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)


Private transportation with free Wi-Fi


Camping (10 nights), budget lodging (2 nights)


Days 1-2
New York Area - Washington, DC
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?

Optional activities:

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

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Day 3
West Virginia
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’.

Optional activities:

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

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Days 4-5
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-Tailed Deer that also roam the trails.

Optional activities:

  • Distillery moonshine tasting US$5
  • River tubing US$11

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Days 6-7
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!

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

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Day 8
Mammoth Cave National Park
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.

Optional activities: Bourbon tasting US$15

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Days 9-10
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.

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

Meals: Meals paid locally

Day 11
Lake Erie
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.

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

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Day 12
Niagara Falls
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.

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Day 13
Niagara Falls - New York Area
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.  

Meals: Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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