Rail travel is a fast and convenient way of exploring Eastern America’s most celebrated cities. Hop on and off Amtrak trains across the country as you travel between four fabulous Eastern states, exploring buzzing cities, beautiful beaches and historic sights. Begin your journey in the historic capital, Washington D.C. before heading north to Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
Suggested route & duration
Suggested duration 9 nights Washington D.C to Boston
• Washington D.C.: 2 nights
• Philadelphia: 2 nights
• New York: 3 nights
• Boston: 2 nights
About this independent tour
East Coast Highlights by Rail is a recommended rail journey using the Amtrak network and including accommodation for 9 nights in luxury hotels and AMTRAK Business Class Tickets from Washington to Philadelphia; Philadelphia to New York; and New York to Boston. Destinations, durations and accommodation are all completely flexible and easily adapted to suit your own needs. All sightseeing is a suggestion only and is not included. This is an unescorted, independent journey and no Kuoni representative will be available. Transfers are not included so upon arrival at each destination you will be required to make your own way to your hotel and you will also be required to independently reconfirm any arrangements locally.
WASHINGTON D.C. The famous capital of the United States is a treasure trove of historic monuments, grand architecture and revered memorials. Tour the famous corridors of the White House, visit impressive memorials to former presidents including Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt, and see the world’s tallest stone structure, the iconic 169-foot Washington Monument which honours George Washington, the nation’s founding father.
Follow pretty hiking trails through Rock Creek Park, explore the city’s Smithsonian museums and galleries, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife at classic lounge bars and clubs that showcase the city’s jazz and blues roots. D.C.’s historic waterfront neighbourhood Georgetown is packed with restaurants, shops, bars and fine examples of 19th Century architecture.
PHILADELPHIA America’s Cradle of Liberty is home to some of the country’s most politically significant landmarks. Philadelphia, or ‘Philly’ as it is affectionately known, also offers an abundance of excellent restaurants, independent shops and one of the world’s largest municipal parks – Independence National Historic Park, a 45-acre park which encompasses several well-preserved 18th Century structures dating back to the American Revolution.
Trace the historic city’s fascinating past on a walking tour around the Old City or head to the National Constitution Center to learn about the historic signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Locals and tourists mingle on South Street, a trendy part of town lined with vintage boutiques, quirky shops and a wide-ranging offering of restaurants and bars. Art and culture form a strong part of the city’s identity and it boasts an impressive collection of art museums, galleries and mosaics.
NEW YORK The east coast's most famous city as well as one of the country's most iconic destinations, New York is a bustling hub of activity. Manhattan is easy to explore by foot with the option of riding the subway or hailing one of the iconic cabs when you start to flag. It's the perfect place to roam freely without the fear of getting lost as the streets are numbered and laid out in a grid so you can always find your way back to your hotel. Enjoy window-shopping on exclusive Fifth Avenue, admire panoramic views from the dizzying heights of the Empire State Building or hop on a ferry to Liberty Island to see the iconic statue.
After shopping and sightseeing, one of the most relaxing things to do in the Big Apple is to wander the tranquil pathways of Central Park or explore the High Line – an urban garden built on a historic freight rail line above the city. Art lovers will be in their element at the impressive Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim, while foodies will be spoilt for choice with the incredible variety of restaurants, delis and cafes serving cuisine from all over the world.
BOSTON This historic city is renowned for its rich history, Irish heritage, grand architecture, fine museums and prestigious universities. Compact and easy to get around by public transport or on foot, Boston's main attractions are within walking distance of each other. There are plenty of walking routes including the fascinating 2½-mile Freedom Trail which passes 16 sites of historic importance in downtown Boston and Charlestown. Take a stroll on Boston Common, the country’s oldest park, which covers nearly 50 acres and was once used for public hangings, anti-slavery meetings and civil right rallies. Boston is famously home to the Red Sox baseball team and you can catch them play at Fenway Park.
The city's seafood is not to be missed – feast on fresh lobster, scallops and flaky cod at one of many superb seafood restaurants before pulling up a stool at the famous Cheers Bar – either the original bar that inspired the television series of the same name or the replica bar of the set. Visit in the autumn to see the city's parks transformed as trees burst into a kaleidoscope of vibrant red, orange and gold.
Tailor your tour
This itinerary is flexible, so you can tailor-make your own rail journey around the USA, choosing your number of nights, where you stay, and even adding excursions. Or you could combine your rail journey with a stay at any of our city, beach or resort hotels in USA or Canada.