Because of its booming cultural voice, many visitors to the US overlook the rugged and diverse landscape that categorises the country’s great outdoors. Beyond the 24-hour cities and ritzy metropolises lie pine-topped ranges and lake-dotted valleys. Since 1937 the Appalachian Trail has given wanderers a way to explore the intimidating forests and mountains of the Eastern US and this tour gives you the chance to hike the most memorable and beloved parts of the trail. Get wild in New England, finding your feet along Franconia Ridge and testing your endurance with a hike to the summit of granite behemoth Mt Katahdin.

Highlights

Trek the highlights of the scenic Appalachian Trail

Enjoy dinner and drinks at the historic Greenleaf Hut, a backcountry lodge that has served hikers for nearly 100 years

Scramble over huge granite rocks to reach the spectacular summit of Mt Katahdin – the official end of the Appalachian Trail

Strictly protected Baxter State Park is as close as you’re likely to come to true wilderness in this part of the world, and moose and deer are frequently sighted

Hike to mountain-enclosed Lonesome Lake and the lush Franconia Ridge Trail in the White Mountain National Forest

Spend a little time in Boston, a city full of character and history