Get amongst the winter festivities of Canada and USA
Canada and America are big places with big reputations, and their larger-than-life personalities are all the more impressive in the snow. Check out the Windy City, see a completely different side of American life in small-town Ohio, experience the misty magic of Niagara Falls, attend an exhilarating ice hockey match in Toronto, be charmed by stately downtown Ottawa, explore eclectic and French-infused Montreal, get behind the scenes of American food production en route to Stowe, walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, and finish up among the snow-dusted icons and skyscrapers of New York. Along the way, there’s a slew of winter festivals and Christmas markets to explore.
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Winter is a great time to travel the States and Canada – it’s less crowded and the snow and Christmas decorations can be magical. This flexible itinerary is specially designed to show you not only the highlights but also the added bonus of some seasonal treats
Enjoy a home cooked meal with an Amish bishop and his family and learn about another way of life
Attend an ice-hockey match in Toronto to learn all about this national pastime from a local’s perspective – not without a cold beer and some tasty Canadian snacks of course
This is our only trip that goes to Ottawa, a beautiful city full of grand Victorian architecture and fascinating museums
Canadians love a winter festival, and depending on when you visit there's always something going on – like December Christmas markets, festivals of lights in Toronto and Montreal, and Ottawa’s Winterlude
Visit the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe to learn the truth behind the Sound of Music, and strap on some snowshoes for a walk through the mountains
The Freedom Trail in Boston is one of the best free ways to learn about America's history. Taking you indoors and out, this living museum spans at least 16 sites across the city
You'll be travelling in a van with a group of travellers on long journeys, so conditions may feel a little cramped. This is all part of the adventure though, and you might even make some long-term friends.
As this trip includes a visit to Amish country, we ask you to dress respectfully and please don't take photos without asking.
Traffic in/out of the cities of New York, Toronto and Boston can be quite hectic and busy, especially during holiday periods. There may be delays, so be prepared to take part in car games to keep you entertained.
Some of the cities on this itinerary are best explored by foot. You'll get the most out of your trip if you're reasonably fit and able to walk moderate-to-long distances. However, public transportation in these cities is modern and reliable.
It will be cold. Very cold. You'll need to make sure you have appropriate gear such as a pair of warm winter boots. See our packing list (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/packing-list) for a full suggestion of what to take.
Highways are generally well-maintained in this part of the world and ploughed regularly, however there can occasionally be disruptions to transport due to storms or heavy snow. Winter is a great time to travel but it does require some flexibility.
1. A single supplement is available on this trip.