Is America great or Canada great?

USA & Canada: The highlights of the east coast


Day 1: New York City

Your arrival in new York can be done at any time. There is of course no question that it is worthwhile to bring a little more time with you to get to know this super metropolis a little better.

You should definitely visit the famous one Times square, the center of the city that never sleeps. Times Square, with its illuminated billboards, is one of the world's busiest pedestrian crossings. There is always something new to experience here. And if you're in this corner of the city at the moment, head straight to Midtown Manhattan on Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

New York without a detour Central Park is definitely not recommended. The great masterpiece of landscape architecture extends over 843 hectares. Many areas of the park appear natural, however it was almost entirely landscaped in the 19th century and is considered to be one of America's greatest works of art. Central Park offers extensive hiking trails, bridle paths, an ice skating rink, a pool, the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, an animal welfare center, a large area with a natural forest and an amphitheater.

New York from above is a sight you shouldn't miss under any circumstances. The viewing platform of the Empire State Buildings at 381m is a main attraction of the New York skyline and the imposing landmark of the pulsating metropolis. Our tip: Enjoy the gigantic skyline of the Empire State Building at night and by day from the Rockefeller Center - here you have the world-famous view of the Empire State Building with the skyline in the background.

Im lively and multifaceted Chinatown There is so much to see and do in New York City for urban adventurers. Incidentally, this growing community is considered to be the largest Asian population in any city outside of Asia.

The Brooklyn Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive structures in New York City. Stroll on it from Manhattan to Brooklyn across the East River and snap some unforgettable photos of the legendary New York skyline and the bridge itself.

Make sure to be at the hostel in time for the welcome meeting around 7:00 p.m. in the evening. There you will get to know the guide and your fellow travelers. Among other things, you will receive a lot of useful information about the upcoming USA & Canada camping trip for young people.

Activities: Free time in New York, welcome meeting with the group at 7:00 p.m.
Overnight stay: Hamilton Inn (or similar accommodation)

Day 2: New York City - Philadelphia - Washington, D.C.

Your USA road trip starts today. The first goal of the day is Philadelphia. Here, you can learn more about American history from the Revolution to the Birth of the Nation at Independence National Historical Park. Also a detour to the Independence Hall it's worth it. This place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The American Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were once discussed and adopted here. Other highlights of the park are the First Bank of the United States, the 940kg Liberty Bell and Carpenters ’Hall.

In the evening you will reach the American capital, Washington, D.C.. In the light of the moon you will discover this city from a completely different perspective. Your tour will also take you to the most important monuments and memorials which, with their full illumination, make wonderful sights.

Activities: Visit the Independence National Historical Park, visit the Liberty Bell, tour Washington by moonlight
Distance: New York - Washington, D.C. (6-7 hours, 340km)
Transport: Private vehicle
Overnight stay: Cherry Hill Campground (or similar campground)
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 3: Washington, D.C.

A full day to see Washington, D.C.'s many attractions to visit on your own. These are, for example: that White House - Here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is where the President of the United States lives and tweets.

The Washington Monument - This giant obelisk, erected in honor of George Washington (the first President of the United States), is the tallest all-stone structure in the world and the tallest obelisk on our planet. It reopened after being damaged by an earthquake and hurricane. You can even drive to the top and enjoy great views of the capital of the United States.

Reflecting pool - a 618m long pool of water, lined with trees and footpaths, reflecting the Lincoln Memorial and / or the Washington Monument depending on the position of the observer.

Lincoln Memorial - this monument was dedicated to the 16th President of the United States. Incidentally, Abraham Lincoln played a vital role in the abolition of slavery.

National Mall - a park in downtown Washington, D.C. between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol. It is best to choose comfortable footwear for this, because there is a lot to explore in these spectacular green areas. Sights include the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Gardens, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, District of Columbia War Memorial, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian and many more - you read already, in this city you simply cannot avoid American history.

Activities: Free time in Washington, D.C.
Overnight stay: Cherry Hill Campground (or similar campground)
Meals: breakfast

Day 4: Washington, D.C. - Allegheny National Forest

After so many metropolitan adventures, it's time to devote yourself to nature. Here comes the splendid one Allegheny National Forest precisely. Hiking trails over a total length of 360 km and dozens of bike paths invite you to spend an active day. Those who want to take it easy can go boating and try their hand at fishing.

Activities: Free time in Allegheny National Forest
Distance: Washington, D.C. - Allegheny National Forest (7 hours, 450km)
Transport: Private vehicle
Overnight stay: Campground in the Buckaloons Recreation Area (or similar campground)
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Allegheny National Forest - Niagara Falls

Are you ready to get a little wet? The boat trip with the Maid of the Mist leads you into the basin of the Horseshoe Falls in the Niagara Falls State Park. For generations, visitors have called the Niagara Falls the boat trip with the Maid of the Mist as one of the absolute highlights of your adventure trip. One of the most popular attractions in Niagara Falls State Park for over 150 years, the dramatic drive passes the base of the American Falls and through whitewater and massive rock formations to the Horseshoe Falls basin. Anyone who took this tour leaves the Maid of the Mist with a new awareness of the power and size of Niagara Falls.

A tour through the wet and wild fog zone in the is also a very special experience Cave of the Winds. An elevator takes you first 53m down the Niagara Gorge, and then you follow the paths along the Niagara River to the Hurricane Deck, which is a few meters from the falls of the falls. One thing is clear: today you don't have to shower anymore because Niagara Falls will take care of it.

By the way, it is also worth going back to the falls in the evening to take the snapshot of the day including a colorful play of light. With the perfect photo in your pocket and in a good mood, gambling might work out today. Roll the dice, place a bet or play on the slot machines in one of the many casinos.

Activities: Border crossing (USA - Canada), free time at Niagara Falls, boat trip on the Maid of the Mist
Distance: Allegheny National Forest - Niagara Falls (4 hours, 200km)
Transport: Private vehicle
Overnight stay: Niagara Falls KOA (or similar campground)
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Niagara Falls - Toronto

Today you will first learn the most important corners of the island on an orientation walk with your guide Toronto know. Then there is still enough time to extend the city tour as you wish. We recommend visiting the CN Towers. With a height of 553.33m, Canada's National Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, as well as a major telecommunications hub and the center of tourism in Toronto. Enjoy this fantastic view of the city.

Activities: Toronto orientation walk & free time
Distance: Niagara Falls - Toronto
Transport: Private vehicle
Overnight stay: Indian Line Campground (or similar campground)
Meals: breakfast

Day 7: Toronto

Explore today Toronto, Canada's largest city at the western end of Lake Ontario. There are many hipsters to be found in the Kensington neighborhood. And by the way, acclaimed landmarks like the Art Gallery of Ontario, the CN Tower, and the ROM are just steps away from each other.

Activities: Free time in Toronto
Overnight stay: Campground (or similar campground)
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 8: Toronto - Ottawa

You leave today Torontoto the Canadian capital Ottawa head for. And here, too, there is again a lot to discover.

For almost 200 years, the ByWard Market Artisans, traders and farmers have the opportunity to advertise their goods and specialties all year round. You shouldn't miss a stroll and the probability of finding an extraordinary souvenir is particularly high here. In the evening, the market becomes a popular meeting place, where you can end the day with a cool drink and live music.

A walk on Rideau Canal is also a wonderful experience. The historic waterway, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, winds its way through the center of the capital before arriving at Parliament Hill flows into the Ottawa River.

Activities: Free time in Ottawa
Distance: Toronto - Ottawa (5-6 hours)
Transport: Private vehicle
Overnight stay: Whitefish Campground (or similar campground)
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 9: Ottawa - Montreal

In Montreal When you arrive, you will get a first impression of this metropolis together and get to know the most important corners. Then there is still time for the first ventures on your own.

Activities: Free time & orientation walk in Montreal
Distance: Ottawa - Montreal (3-3.30 hours)
Transport: Private vehicle
Overnight stay: HI Montreal Hostel (or similar accommodation)
Meals: breakfast

Day 10: Montreal

Use the day to explore this bilingual, cosmopolitan city. Would you like a little excitement today? Then Six Flags La Ronde just the right place. With over 40 rides and attractions, it is the largest amusement park in Eastern Canada. Enjoy the wild rides!

Or would you prefer the contrasting program? The Mont Royal is a 200 hectare park on the hill in the middle of the Île de Montréal. A real oasis of calm right in the heart of the city and a fantastic place to go for a walk and enjoy nature.

Activities: Free time in Montreal
Overnight stay: HI Montreal Hostel (or similar accommodation)
Meals: breakfast

Day 11: Montreal - Boston

Today it's time to say goodbye to the enchanting Canada, because it's back to the United States. The route takes you through the scenic state of Vermont all the way to Boston. In order to get a first overview of the city, an orientation walk is on the common agenda after your arrival.

You will then have free time to do, for example, the Freedom Trailto stroll along a 4km long red brick path and learn more about the history of the American Revolution. This trail winds through the city past numerous historical sites that were of great importance in the events that led to America's independence from Great Britain. Stops include Boston Common, USS Constitution, Faneuil Hall, and the site of the Boston Massacre.

Sports enthusiasts should definitely use the Fenway Park to see the oldest and most famous ballpark in the country. Even if you are new to baseball, strolling around this old stadium will fascinate you. When the Sox are in town, the best thing to do is to get hold of a ticket to watch the game. Enjoying traditional Fenway sausage on the old wooden benches and cheering on the home team is sure to be a very special experience.

Activities: Canada-USA border crossing, orientation walk & free time in Boston
Distance: Montreal - Saint-Armand (1 hour), Highgate Springs - Boston (4.30 hours)
Transport: Private vehicle
Overnight stay: The Midtown Hotel (or similar accommodation)
Meals: Breakfast lunch

Day 12: Boston - Cape Cod

Use the morning to do your explorations in Boston complete. Then it goes on to Cape Cod, a 48-kilometer stretch of coast on a windy peninsula. Here you can expect an unspoilt beach idyll with dunes as well as marshland and marshland, which offer the species-rich fauna an ideal home.

Activities: Free time in Boston & Cape Cod
Distance: Boston - Cape Cod (4 hours, 166km)
Transport: Private vehicle
Overnight stay: Adventure Bound Campground (or similar camp)

Day 13: Cape Cod

It's so beautiful here, you just have to hang on for another day. Laze on the beach or take a boat tour to see the amazing marine life. On this exploration tour you have the chance to see humpback whales, minke whales as well as dolphins and porpoises. You will learn more about the ecology and natural history of the area from a local nature guide.

Activities: Free time on Cape Cod
Overnight stay: Adventure Bound Campground (or similar camp)
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 14: Cape Cod - New York City

From the picturesque Cape Cod it goes back to the pulsating NYC, probably the most impressive concrete jungle our world has to offer. Jump into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. If you want to get to know this incredible metropolis with its sights and the notorious nightlife, you MUST stay longer, because with your arrival in New York City Your adventurous USA & Canada camping trip for young people ends.

Distance: Cape Cod - New York (hours, 470km)
Transport: Private vehicle
Meals: Breakfast lunch