The alternative guide to East Coast USA

Don’t get us wrong. We love New York City, Montreal, Washington DC and Boston. But we also love uncovering the beautiful towns and lesser-known cities on our Canada and East Coast USA tours. Whether you’re cruising through the stunning Thousand Islands National Park near Toronto, uncovering American history in Philadelphia or soaking up the lively arts scene in Portland, you’ll find a host of little-known secrets along the east coast.

Portland, Maine, USA

Historic Portland comprises beautiful coastal scenery dotted with lighthouses, cobblestone streets and a famous waterfront, lined with wharves, restaurants and shops. Spend time in its lively Arts District with its world-class galleries and museums.

Discover Portland, as well as discovering stunning autumn leaf-fall on our tour of Classic New England.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Autumn leaf fall on a suburban street in Pennsylvania with colourful houses

Glamour, culture, rich history – the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ has all the best parts of a big city, wrapped up in small-town beauty and charm. 

Discover it on a tour of New York, Niagara Falls and Washington DC.

Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

Colourful lobster pots hanging on the side of a house in Bar Harbor, Maine

As well as being known for its views of Acadia National Park, the pretty village of Bar Harbor is a draw for its award-winning microbreweries and culinary traditions - come here to try authentic Maine lobster.

Visit Bar Harbor on our Classic New England and Maritimes Adventure tours.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

Milky Way over a beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Sticking out of the mainland like a giant fish hook, Cape Cod's coastline is a 40-mile stretch of pristine powdery sand with diverse freshwater and marine ecosystems. Come to this peninsula to enjoy the unspoilt beaches, and spot whales, sea birds and galaxies far, far away.

Explore at depth on a Cape Cod and the Islands tour.

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA

Yellow and blue 'Gingerbread' cottages in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

This pretty resort town is known for its Victorian “gingerbread” architecture. Check out the enticing village stores, take a walk along the ocean, and admire the elegant homes along the tree-lined streets during your time here.

Visit Martha's Vineyard on our tour of Cape Cod and the Islands.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, USA

View of Halifax, Nova Scotia, from the ocean on a summer's day with a blue sky

With thriving arts, theatre, craft brew and foodie scenes, lovely green spaces and Atlantic breezes bringing fresh air into every corner of the city, it’s no surprise that Halifax has one of the healthiest, happiest lifestyles of Eastern Canada.

Explore it for yourself on a Maritimes Adventure.

Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Two historical re-enactors sitting on a bench at the leafy Jamestown settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia

Historic re-enactment is very popular along the east coast of America, and nowhere more so than Colonial Williamsburg, where costumed villagers add to the authenticity. Stroll down its quaint streets, browse through the historic trade shops, and see the Public Gaol. Be sure to stop at Raleigh Tavern, the meeting place for Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other patriots.

Discover ye olde Williamsburg on our tours of America’s Historic East and Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains.

Charlottetown, New Brunswick, Canada

Colourful houses in Charlottetown, New Brunswick

This compact, historic little city has all the cultural benefits of a large metropolis – including a burgeoning restaurant and arts scenes ­– minus the traffic and pollution, as everything is within walking distance. Don’t miss its beautifully preserved local history museum to get a feel for its background.

Explore Charlottetown on a Maritimes Adventure.