Welcome to Northeast USA
Covering nine states, hundreds of years of history, a few major cities and a sprinkling of heavenly nature reserves; the Northeast makes for some pretty incredible days out. From the roaring Niagara Falls to the contemplative Gettysburg fields, to the buzzing streets of major metropolitan hubs or the quaint seaside villages of Maine. There’s so much to see in the land of the free, but don’t worry; we’ve got it sorted.
Our tours in Northeast USA
Highlights of Northeast USA tours
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Northeast USA is found in the top right-hand corner of the continental United States. There are sometimes different states included in this region, but generally, these states make up the Northeast: Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
The northernmost states neighbour the Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick provinces of Canada. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean, with many of the Northeast states right on the coast. To the west is the Midwest region, and below is the South.
It's pretty easy to get to the Northeastern USA as there are several international airports throughout the states. Some of the largest airports include:
- John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), La Guardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New York.
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, D.C.
Depending on where you'd like to visit, you can also drive in from any other part of the US or even Canada.
Trainlines and buses also operate in and out of this area which can be great options for those not looking to rent a car.
Getting around the Northeast as a traveller is generally easy as there is a lot of public transport that operates interstate. Buses can get you just about anywhere in the Northeast, however, long-distance and inter-city trains can take you between several of the major hubs, including New York, Philadelphia and Boston.
Other transport options include the use of private cars, which is great for road trips. There's also the option to fly between certain areas depending on the destination.
The best time to visit the Northeast USA is during the middle of the year, between May and August, for the best weather. The shoulder seasons can also be good times to visit for fewer crowds, however, this region gets cold enough for snow in winter, so the weather may not always be the most favourable in the shoulder months of March/April and September/November.
What to pack on a trip to the Northeast USA depends on your trip type and time of travel. Generally, the climate in the Northeast can vary and change quickly. With that in mind, you should pack to ensure you have warmer clothing, especially for the evening, as well as waterproof items in case of wet weather.
If you are going on a camping or walking/trekking trip, you will likely need to bring some speciality items, including hiking boots, breathable non-cotton hiking t-shirts, a sleeping bag, a towel and suitable layers for rugging up.
If you are travelling in North America over winter, it's recommended that you're prepared for temperatures that can easily fall below 0ºC/32ºF. This means bringing waterproof clothing, especially shoes with good grip for walking across snow or ice, as well as cold weather gear such as gloves, thermals, fleece and headwear, such as beanies.
We're committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them toward the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects.
Eden Reforestation Projects
Eden Reforestation Projects are helping to mitigate climate change by restoring forests worldwide; they also hire locally and create job opportunities within vulnerable communities. Donations from our trips support restoration across planting sites in 10 countries around the globe.