Great Family Adventures: G Adventures' 'Tour East Coast USA'

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: For a comprehensive tour of the Northeast’s most historical sites—and most impressive nature displays—book this nine-day offering from G Adventures. Highlights include the memorable Maid of the Mist Tour at Niagara Falls, a visit to Western Pennsylvania’s Amish community (take a buggy ride through the anachronistic town), and upstate New York’s Erie Canal corridor. Guided city tours show off Manhattan, Washington, D.C., the Boston Freedom Trail, and Philadelphia’s Independence Park. At Gettysburg, watch as the Civil War’s greatest battle is reenacted, and at Arlington, kids can understand war’s true toll. Food features big on this trip: Have fun trying pizza in New York, cheese steak in Philly, and classic Pennsylvania Dutch fare—but for the littlest ones, the Hershey’s factory tour might take the culinary cake.

OUTFITTER: G Adventures started in 1990 as a travel company aiming to make a difference in people’s lives. Today, it offers small-group tours to more than 100 countries.

ITINERARY: New York City to Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes, Albany, Boston, and back to New York.

DATES: Multiple departures available between June and October.

PRICE: $1,599 per person, including lodging, guidance, Wi-Fi-equipped ground transportation, and entrance fees—but not meals.

INFO:, (888) 800-4100.

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