Thanks for signing up!

Check your inbox each week for our inspirational newsletter and special offers.

Sign up to great deals. Easy peasy.
Please enter a valid email address
Asia Singapore Hong Kong
Australasia
Dubai and Middle East Bahrain Jordan Oman
Europe
Indian Ocean Maldives
North America
Australasia tours
Australia
New Zealand
Spain
USA Rest of USA
Tours

East Coast USA

New York & the East

Get inspiration

EAST USA? EASY PEASY.

With a line-up featuring the Empire State, the Garden State and the Land of Lincoln, it’s easy to see why New York and the East is one of the most popular regions for a holiday to the USA. Swept by the Atlantic Ocean, this hardy coastline is where you’ll find New York State and New Jersey – a dynamic duo serving up sprawling cities, sandy beaches and lush national parks. Further inland, meanwhile, Pennsylvania and Illinois are all about lovely lakes and historical attractions.

A holiday to East USA has something for everyone, but city-lovers in particular will be in their element. You can hop between New York’s major sites like Times Square and the Rockefeller Centre, or make your way around Chicago’s jazz bars and museums. Or head to the bright lights of Atlantic City, where casinos and theatres promise a lively holiday. History enthusiasts will love fascinating Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, as well as Philadelphia’s political landmarks like Independence Hall and Liberty Bell. Alternatively, if it’s art museums you’re after, the Big Apple delivers in spades.

But there are also plenty of natural attractions in New York and the East. You can marvel at Niagara Falls, go kayaking on Lake Eerie, or hike part of the Appalachian Trail, which weaves through New Jersey’s forests and mountains. Fancy some downtime? Stroll along Atlantic City’s famous boardwalk and find a sunny spot on the beach to relax. Or take your pick from the pretty beaches in Chicago – you’ll be surprised by just how many are dotted along the shores of Lake Michigan.

However you want to spend your holiday to New York and the East, our experts will help you create the ideal trip. Find out more and start planning your East Coast adventure.

Iconic cities

Culture & history

National parks

Best time to go

Iconic cities

East USA is home to the country’s most famous city. Instantly recognisable, New York is synonymous with soaring skyscrapers, glitzy shows and world-class shopping. You can visit iconic landmarks – like Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building – and splash the cash on Fifth Avenue. And don’t forget to make time to explore Central Park.

NYC is undoubtedly the star of the show in these parts, but glittering Chicago should also be on your East USA itinerary. Famous for its delicious pizza, toe-tapping jazz and fun-filled pier, the Windy City is a great choice for families.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re travelling with friends, though, you might find that lively Atlantic City is more your scene. At this beachside hub, you can have a flutter in the casinos, stroll along the famous boardwalk, and have a brilliant night out in one of the city’s many clubs.

At the other end of the spectrum, Philadelphia is ideal for history-lovers. Make sure you see the Liberty Bell, visit Independence Hall – where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 – and browse the museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Show More
Show Less

Culture & history

The City That Never Sleeps boasts some of the world’s best museums. Culture vultures should have the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on their to-do list during a holiday to New York and the East. History buffs should catch the ferry to Ellis Island, to learn about this fascinating immigration gateway to the USA. Or, for more modern history, visit the poignant 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Show More
Show Less

Chicago has its fair share of museums, too. The Field Museum showcases all sorts of natural history exhibitions, from dinosaur skeletons to Egyptian mummies. And the Art Institute of Chicago has one of the best collections in the world, with works by Hokusai, O’Keeffe and Monet.

For history nerds though, Gettysburg should be at the very top of the list. In Pennsylvania, the Gettysburg National Battlefield was a real turning point in the American Civil War. Today, Gettysburg National Military Park houses a museum, visitor centre and cemetery, where a memorial marks the site of Abraham Lincoln’s iconic 1863 Gettysburg Address.

Show More
Show Less

National parks

When you’ve had your fill of the big cities in New York and the East, why not get back to nature? There are dozens of national parks in this region, so you’ll never be too far away from scenic mountains or green open spaces.
In New York State, you can go hiking through the Catskill Mountains, where you’ll find pine-scented forests and the picturesque Kaaterskill Falls. Or, for the ultimate day trip, venture upstate to marvel at Niagara Falls. Straddling the Canada-US border, this staggering waterfall is a must-see.

Show More
Show Less

Over in New Jersey, meanwhile, keen hikers can traverse part of the Appalachian Trail. Weaving 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine, it’s one of the longest continuous footpaths in the world. And 72 of those miles run through various parks in New Jersey. So if you want to tackle part of the trail, head to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, High Point State Park or Wawayanda State Park.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Like the UK, there are four distinct seasons in the East USA – but the best time to go depends on how you want to spend your holiday. If you’re planning to go sightseeing in the cities, it’s best to visit before the summer heat and humidity arrives. April to June is the perfect time to visit Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.

If you’re seeking some beach time in Atlantic City, though, summer is the best time for your trip. Temperatures regularly reach 27°C, so you’ll be able to sunbathe on the sands in comfort.

Show More
Show Less

Similarly, if you’re planning to spend your time hiking across national parks in New York and the East, summer is a great time to see these luscious areas in all their glory. Or why not plan your holiday for autumn, to admire the fiery foliage?

In December, meanwhile, the cities will be aglow with twinkling lights. If you’re looking for a festive getaway or a pre-Christmas shopping spree, a holiday to the eastern states will never disappoint. Just remember to wrap up warm, as temperatures drop to single figures.

Show More
Show Less

Iconic cities

Iconic cities

East USA is home to the country’s most famous city. Instantly recognisable, New York is synonymous with soaring skyscrapers, glitzy shows and world-class shopping. You can visit iconic landmarks – like Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building – and splash the cash on Fifth Avenue. And don’t forget to make time to explore Central Park.

NYC is undoubtedly the star of the show in these parts, but glittering Chicago should also be on your East USA itinerary. Famous for its delicious pizza, toe-tapping jazz and fun-filled pier, the Windy City is a great choice for families.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re travelling with friends, though, you might find that lively Atlantic City is more your scene. At this beachside hub, you can have a flutter in the casinos, stroll along the famous boardwalk, and have a brilliant night out in one of the city’s many clubs.

At the other end of the spectrum, Philadelphia is ideal for history-lovers. Make sure you see the Liberty Bell, visit Independence Hall – where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 – and browse the museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Show More
Show Less

Culture & history

Culture & history

The City That Never Sleeps boasts some of the world’s best museums. Culture vultures should have the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on their to-do list during a holiday to New York and the East. History buffs should catch the ferry to Ellis Island, to learn about this fascinating immigration gateway to the USA. Or, for more modern history, visit the poignant 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Show More
Show Less

Chicago has its fair share of museums, too. The Field Museum showcases all sorts of natural history exhibitions, from dinosaur skeletons to Egyptian mummies. And the Art Institute of Chicago has one of the best collections in the world, with works by Hokusai, O’Keeffe and Monet.

For history nerds though, Gettysburg should be at the very top of the list. In Pennsylvania, the Gettysburg National Battlefield was a real turning point in the American Civil War. Today, Gettysburg National Military Park houses a museum, visitor centre and cemetery, where a memorial marks the site of Abraham Lincoln’s iconic 1863 Gettysburg Address.

Show More
Show Less

National parks

National parks

When you’ve had your fill of the big cities in New York and the East, why not get back to nature? There are dozens of national parks in this region, so you’ll never be too far away from scenic mountains or green open spaces.
In New York State, you can go hiking through the Catskill Mountains, where you’ll find pine-scented forests and the picturesque Kaaterskill Falls. Or, for the ultimate day trip, venture upstate to marvel at Niagara Falls. Straddling the Canada-US border, this staggering waterfall is a must-see.

Show More
Show Less

Over in New Jersey, meanwhile, keen hikers can traverse part of the Appalachian Trail. Weaving 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine, it’s one of the longest continuous footpaths in the world. And 72 of those miles run through various parks in New Jersey. So if you want to tackle part of the trail, head to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, High Point State Park or Wawayanda State Park.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go

Like the UK, there are four distinct seasons in the East USA – but the best time to go depends on how you want to spend your holiday. If you’re planning to go sightseeing in the cities, it’s best to visit before the summer heat and humidity arrives. April to June is the perfect time to visit Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.

If you’re seeking some beach time in Atlantic City, though, summer is the best time for your trip. Temperatures regularly reach 27°C, so you’ll be able to sunbathe on the sands in comfort.

Show More
Show Less

Similarly, if you’re planning to spend your time hiking across national parks in New York and the East, summer is a great time to see these luscious areas in all their glory. Or why not plan your holiday for autumn, to admire the fiery foliage?

In December, meanwhile, the cities will be aglow with twinkling lights. If you’re looking for a festive getaway or a pre-Christmas shopping spree, a holiday to the eastern states will never disappoint. Just remember to wrap up warm, as temperatures drop to single figures.

Show More
Show Less

Chat With Our East Coast USA Experts

With 40 years in travel and hundreds of experts ready to help you realise your dream holiday.

Follow us on

Our top 5

Niagara Falls

Travel to the northern tip of New York State to witness the majesty of Niagara Falls – a whopping 3,160 tons of water thunders over the falls every single second.

Our top 5

Empire State Building

Feel on top of the world as you look out across New York City – you’ll be able to spot Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Chrysler Building.

Our top 5

Gettysburg National Military Park

Visit one of the most historically significant sites in the USA, to learn about the American Civil War and see where Abraham Lincoln’s gave his Gettysburg Address in 1863.

Our top 5

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Soak up the lively atmosphere of this iconic boardwalk, as you take in the powder-soft beaches, buzzing casinos and top-notch restaurants.

Our top 5

Art Institute of Chicago

Admire the stunning galleries and exhibitions of Chicago’s world-famous art museum, which houses pieces by Matisse, Van Gogh and many more.

Itineraries

Hotels

How to do New York & the East

Our experts will help you choose your perfect itinerary

You might also like...

Take a look at these other popular destinations

Still surfing for inspiration?
Sign-up today to get expertly curated holiday deals straight to your inbox.
Please enter a valid email address
Privacy notice
Follow us on:

Out There Made Easy

Every day, our travel experts help people realise their dream holidays. We take care of all the details, to make your experiences easy and hassle-free.

Knowledge

Between them, our travel advisors can boast almost 800 years of holiday expertise.

Ease

Our tailor-made packages make it easy for you to discover more of the world.

Value

Whether you're looking for luxury or simplicity, we've got the perfect holiday for you.

Trust

Travelbag is fully protected by ATOL and ABTA, so your booking is completely secure.

Knowledge

Between them, our travel advisors can boast almost 800 years of holiday expertise.

Ease

Our tailor-made packages make it easy for you to discover more of the world.

Value

Whether you're looking for luxury or simplicity, we've got the perfect holiday for you.

Trust

Travelbag is fully protected by ATOL and ABTA, so your booking is completely secure.

Cookies: We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. By continuing to browse our website, you are agreeing to use our site cookies.

See our cookie policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them.

I Accept

Call our experts 020 3944 2201