An Expert's Guide to Eastern Canada and the USA
“Amazing cities, history and culture, stunning lakes, mountains and national parks, and an abundance of nature. They’ve got it all!”
As you can tell, Dominique Kotsias loves the east coast of Canada and the USA. She has worked at Flight Centre for 10 years and visited the regions over 30 times. One of her most memorable experiences was hiking in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. Here, she shares her top tips and need to know information when it comes to exploring the east coast of the USA and Canada:
The greatest thing about this side of the world is there are direct flights from London and many regional airports to almost every main destination in eastern USA and Canada, and it only takes seven to eight hours, so you can start and end somewhere different – and still fly home direct.
Hit the road
Hire a car – or even a motorhome – and take one of the great American road trips, such as the drive from Florida round to the Deep South, or Washington DC all the way down to Georgia. We can help you find a great car rental deal, with prices from £22 per day. In Canada, I would always recommend taking the train between Toronto, Montreal and Quebec; it’s faster and so scenic. If you’re a water baby, raft the Ottawa River. Over in New England, take a day boat cruise to spot whales.
Dig into the food
When it comes to cuisine, go to New England for an ocean-to-plate experience; southeast USA for BBQ; Florida and the Florida Keys for Cuban and Mexican food. In Canada, try popular snacks like poutine – fries, cheese curds and gravy. It’s comfort food like you’ve never tasted!
It's a place of contrasts
New England’s fall foliage and dramatic white mountains, Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, and Disney World are all musts.
See Niagara from above
Take a helicopter flight over Niagara Falls for an exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime experience, and some of the best water-soaked views in the world.
Go beyond the hustle and bustle
Don’t just stay in a city – there are wonderful drives to be had. If you’re planning a break to see Boston’s Red Sox, extend your trip; indulge your wanderlust to explore New England’s glorious Acadia National Park, for views such as Schooner Head.
Get away from it all
The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, New England, is owned by the original Von Trapp Family, who settled there when they fled Austria in the 1930s. For mountain views and gorgeous alpine accommodation, it’s my absolute favourite. Be among the lucky few who stay there! Our agents can get you the best available rates and rooms.
Choose your dates carefully
Avoid Thanksgiving and major holidays – it’s always busy and availability is tight. I would also avoid some parts of southern USA in September and October, as it’s hurricane season.