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East Coast Loop Overview
- 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31
Discover the great cities of Canada and the USA's east coast
Relish the diverse colors and flavors of life in the USA and Canada on a vibrant, city-hopping tour. Start in the frenetic hub of New York City, then follow a loop all the way down the east coast of the USA. After a taste of the south, head up to Canada to explore two of the county’s most thriving cities. Each stop on this trip reveals a new city with a unique personality, and there is no shortage of treasures to uncover. From the rampaging Niagara Falls to the historical sites of Boston to Nashville’s country music scene, this trip is full of experiences that ignite all the senses.
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You’ve dreamed about it, seen it in movies and probably already know that iconic skyline like the back of your hand. But nothing can ever prepare you for the moment you step foot in Manhattan, a city that feels like it is well and truly at the centre of the universe. Take in all the must-see sites or head off to explore some of the quirky, lesser-known neighbourhoods.
Come for the Rocky Steps, stay for the history. Take some time to get acquainted with ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ before enjoying a walking tour of its historic sites, including the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin’s house and Independence Hall.
Swap the former capital for the current one and be amazed by the sheer amount of things to see and do among the whitewashed monuments of Washington, DC. Head out on foot and feel like you’re walking through the set of a political drama, taking in the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the many museums in between.
The oldest city in the state of Georgia, Savannah is characterised by its impressive antebellum architecture and playful roughish air. Incredibly, despite its love of cocktails, partying and public shenanigans, Savannah was the birthplace of Juliette Low – founder of the US Girl Scouts. Explore the town, wander along the Savannah River or sit and relax under the enormous canopy of one of the city’s beautiful oak trees. Or hit the town with the locals.
Often referred to as the ‘New York of the South’, Atlanta is big city with a wide range of parks, museums, restaurants and bars to explore. Enjoy some free time to check out the World of Coca Cola, CNN Center, the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
Hop aboard a train and head further into Dixie, arriving in Birmingham just in time to check out one of the centres of the Civil Rights Movement.
Take stock of the ‘Big Easy’, a jazzy, multicultural city that is pretty hard to pin down in one sentence. From the European-inspired French Quarter to the Cajun cuisine, this is one of the world’s most unique cities.
Enjoy a tour of Sun Studios in Memphis, a place that many consider to be the home of rock'n'roll. There's also the opportunity to visit Graceland or catch a live blues show in this music Mecca.
Get ready for some more music in the country-rock town of Nashville. Take a stroll down Music Row, where more than 50 record studios and 200 music publishing houses are located, and stop by the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Cruise to Louisville, home of the the Kentucky Derby, the largest collection of Victorian-era homes and, to top it all off, the final resting place of Colonel Sanders. Perhaps take some time out to follow the Bourbon Trail, learning about the history of the beverage, or sample the cuisine of Louisville's up-and-coming food scene.
Tackle some of the city’s many walking trails, try some deep-dish pizza or get a bird's-eye view from Willis Tower – the second tallest building in the United States.
Cross the border into Canada and perhaps head up the giant CN tower for a look at this ultra-cool, ultra-clean capital – or see it from the ground on an optional bike tour. The next day, get a dose of one of North America’s most iconic marvels on a daytrip to the rampaging waters of Niagara Falls. If it’s not too cold, don a raincoat and head out on the waters for a Maid of the Mist boat tour.
Brush up on your French and discover a city that wears its European heritage on its sleeve. Home to more than 80 ethnic communities, Montreal is known for its fantastic food and atmospheric streets and neighbourhoods.
Swap French patisseries for Guinness on tap, and discover the fighting Irish spirit of a town that has been dubbed ‘The Athens of America’. Get caught up in the scholarly history of Boston with a trip to Cambridge, explore the Italian district or walk the Freedom Trail to learn about America’s founding fathers.
From the moment you spot the looming towers of New York on the horizon, it’s hard not to get caught up in the sheer size of this mega metropolis. From Times Square, Broadway, Central Park and the Empire State Building, there’s so much to see you could spend months just ticking off your to-do list.
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