Welcome to Eastern USA


Mighty Metropolises

Brimming with 8.4 million people, the megalopolis of New York looms like an alien mother ship over the East, offering a mind-blowing array of culture, cuisine and entertainment. Cloud-poking Chicago, power-brokering Washington, DC and fiery, Latin-infused Miami rise up close on its heels as other one-of-a-kind cityscapes. Look deeper to find the captivating old quarters of New Orleans, reborn from waterlogged ashes, and raw-edged Detroit, where young DIY devotees are flocking to transform the abandoned city.

Beaches & Back Roads

The East Coast is where America gets its beach on, from the wild dunes and whale-rich waters of Cape Cod to the taffy-shop-lined boardwalks of Ocean City or the coral reefs of the Florida Keys. Inland, nature puts on a show in the swampy Florida Everglades, wolf-howling Boundary Waters, mist-tipped Appalachian Mountains and New England’s forests, which blaze red, orange and yellow each autumn. Slowpoke byways unfurl throughout so you can soak up the landscapes, from historic Civil War battlefields to kitschy roadside attractions.

Chowhounds’ Smorgasbord

Good eatin’ reaches epic proportions here: hulking steamed lobsters with melted butter in Maine’s seafood shacks, bagels and lox in Manhattan’s delis, saucy barbecue ribs in Memphis’ roadhouses, butter-smothered biscuits in North Carolina’s diners, hot-spiced gumbo in New Orleans’ cafes…and for dessert, thick slices of berry pie in the region's supper clubs. You’ll certainly work up a thirst – which you can slake with the region’s sweet white wines, microbrewed beers and home-grown bourbon.

Cultural Cradle

The museums here are the nation’s greatest hits – the Smithsonian, housing everything but the kitchen sink; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a city-state of treasures; and the Art Institute of Chicago, hanging Impressionists by the roomful. Explore the roots of the blues, jazz, and rock and roll at musical meccas such as Memphis' Sun Studio, where Elvis got his groove on; Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for artifacts like Jimi Hendrix’ Stratocaster; and the juke joints of Clarksdale, where blues slide guitar first pierced the air. For sky-high designs, Chicago and New York are drawing boards for the modern era’s great architects.


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$41.44 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Chicago Architecture 75-Minute River Cruise Guided Tour

Take an architecture cruise down the Chicago River and learn about the city’s famed architecture from your knowledgeable guide. Board your tour at Navy Pier for an exciting journey that takes you down all three branches of the historic Chicago River and past impressive architectural landmarks. Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings on your cruise including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, the Aon Center, Willis Tower (Sears Tower), the IBM Building and more. Your guide, an expert in architecture, will recount the two major events that helped shape the architectural history of the city. Learn about how the invention of balloon-frame construction revolutionized how homes were built, and hear the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871. Both of these milestones led Chicago to become one of the cradles of modern American architecture. Along the scenic route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). This river tour provides the best advantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and marvel at world-famous architecture while learning about Chicago's fascinating history. For a full list of Chicago architectural wonders seen on this tour, see the Itinerary section below.Please note: all tours through March 31, 2019 are 60 minutes in length.  All tours beginning April 1, 2019 are 75 minutes in length.

$41.37 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York

Top of the Rock Observation Deck is open 365 days a year. Watch the seasons unfold or take in an amazing sunset from the outdoor observation deck. Interactive displays are exhibited detailing the construction of the Rockefeller Center, including three short films.Located in the heart of Rockefeller Center, it not only has the most breathtaking views in the city, but is also surrounded by the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Midtown.Upgrade to include a 60-minute Rockefeller Center tour.

$39.20 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

NYC Empire State Observatory Admission; Skip-the-Line Option

The Empire State Building is waiting for you day or night. Come watch the sunset as New York is bathed in warm orange, red and yellow tones, then stick around as the lights come on all over town. Or come later and listen to the live music (weekends only) as the stars and lights twinkle romantically. Whenever you come, enjoy the magic without the wait.There are 3 lines at the Empire State Building Observatory: the security line (required for all visitors), the ticket line and the elevator line. You may proceed directly to the turnstile with your voucher.VIP Express Experience Upgrade Speed past the lines on your way to the tallest point in Manhattan! Your VIP Express Experience voucher will enable you to proceed directly to the front of every line, saving valuable time to do all the other things New York is famous for. Don't spend your valuable holiday time waiting in line -- there's no faster way to the top of the Empire State Building!You'll be greeted on the second floor to redeem your pass pre-security, eliminating the need to redeem vouchers at the ticket office. You'll also receive a special wristband to identify you as a VIP Express Experience pass holder.VIP Express Experience passes are especially valuable from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from Thanksgiving until New Year's any time of day and all holiday weekends. Other times of year the pass is recommended for planned visits between 11am and 2pm, and one hour before and after sunset. Limited numbers of passes are sold, so typical wait time is under 5-minutes. Specific wait times cannot be guaranteed, only front of line privileges.Voucher can be redeemed within a year of date purchased - plan your visit around the weather!

$57 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Monument Tour NYC

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Statue of Liberty, New York City, New YorkEnjoy a guided tour of Liberty Island as well as access to the Pedestal and Museum! Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ellis Island, New York City, New YorkEnjoy a guided tour of the Ellis Island grounds!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York City, New YorkGuests will have access to the Immigration Museum. The tour ends on Ellis Island so guests can spend longer in the museum if they wish.Duration: 1 hour

$89 Kid Friendly

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Times Square, New York City, New YorkStart/End Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Strawberry Fields, John Lennon Memorial, New York City, New YorkAfter a drive through the Times Square area, the first stop is at Central Park West and 72nd Street, at the Dakota Building (former home of John Lennon). The stop includes a short guided walk into Central Park to visit the Strawberry Fields with the Imagine mosaic dedicated to John Lennon, as well as the views of other sites in the area such as the luxury condominiums that numerous celebrities call home. We'll also drive by Central Park Zoo, famous Plaza Hotel and Carnegie Hall.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Central Park, New York City, New YorkPart of guided tour of Strawberry FieldsPass By: The Dakota, New York City, New YorkPart of guided tour of Strawberry FieldsStop At: Rockefeller Center, New York City, New YorkThe second stop on the tour is Rockefeller Center, for views of St. Patrick's Cathedral, the location of the ice skating rink and Christmas Tree, and NBC's Today Show set.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, New YorkWalk-by as part of the Rockefeller Center stopStop At: Madison Square Park, New York City, New YorkThe third stop is Madison Square Park - the original location of Madison Square Garden Arena. This area provides spectacular views of dramatic architecture featured in numerous books and films: the Flatiron Building (Godzilla, Spider-Man), the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (The Runaway Skyscraper, Futurama), and the Empire State Building (King Kong, Independence Day).The tour continues with a drive through some of the iconic NYC's neighborhoods, such as Greenwich Village, Soho, Chinatown, and the Financial District.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Empire State Building, New York City, New YorkSeen from Madison Square Park (outside only)Pass By: Flatiron Building, New York City, New YorkSeen from Madison Square Park (outside only)Pass By: MetLife Building, New York City, New YorkSeen from Madison Square ParkStop At: The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, New York City, New YorkThe fourth stop is the World Trade Center, as we visit the 9/11 Memorial. The tour does not include entry into the 9/11 Museum, but visitors can walk the grounds of the Memorial, visit the waterfalls of "Reflecting Absence," (the footprints of where the original twin towers stood), and see the Survivor Tree that stood up to the destruction of 9/11.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: New York Harbor, New York City, New YorkThe fifth stop is at Pier 15 for the 2:30 pm Hornblower Sightseeing Cruise (note: in off-season, between Jan 1 - Apr 1, in lieu of boat cruise, guests visit Grand Central Terminal) to experience magnificent views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines, iconic Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges, Governor's Island, Ellis Island, and a 360 degree turn in front of the Statue of Liberty for amazing photo opportunities!Duration: 1 hourPass By: Statue of Liberty, New York City, New YorkSeen from the boat cruisePass By: Ellis Island, New York City, New YorkSeen from the boat cruisePass By: Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, New YorkSeen from the boat cruisePass By: Fifth Avenue, New York City, New YorkDrive-throughPass By: Trinity Church, New York City, New YorkWalk-byPass By: New York Public Library, New York City, New YorkDrive-byPass By: Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New YorkDrive-byPass By: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, New YorkDrive-byPass By: Seaport District NYC, New York City, New YorkDrive-throughPass By: Greenwich Village, New York City, New YorkDrive-throughPass By: SoHo, New York City, New YorkDrive-throughPass By: Little Italy, New York City, New YorkDrive-throughPass By: Chinatown, New York City, New YorkDrive-throughPass By: Battery Park, New York City, New YorkDrive-throughPass By: Diamond District, New York City, New YorkDrive-byPass By: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York City, New YorkDrive-byPass By: Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, New York City, New YorkDrive-through

$132 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

New York City CityPASS with Empire State Building Admission

Visit: Empire State Building, New York City, New YorkAwarded TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award, the Empire State Building provides an unforgettable, immersive New York experience. This towering world icon offers breathtaking 360-degree, open-air views from its famous 86th floor observatory. Wi-Fi is FREE. Visit the ticket desk to upgrade your Empire experience with a trip to the 102nd floor observatory or skip the lines with an express ticket for an additional fee.Duration: 3 hoursVisit: American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New YorkExplore human cultures, the natural world, and the universe with a visit to one of the world's most famous natural history museums! Meet the Titanosaur, one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered, in the museum’s fossil halls. See world-renowned dioramas, the 94-foot-long blue whale, and the stunning Rose Center for Earth and Space, featuring an 87-foot-diameter sphere that appears to float inside a glass cube.Duration: 4 hoursVisit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New YorkNamed one of TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top Museums in the World! New York’s most visited museum and attraction, The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.Duration: 3 hoursVisit: Top of the Rock, New York City, New YorkExperience breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of New York City and beyond from interior and exterior decks on the top three floors of this legendary art deco skyscraper, 30 Rock. Feel the energy, wonder and beauty of New York City day or night from 70 stories up.Duration: 3 hoursVisit: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, New YorkThe Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum celebrates 60 years as an architectural icon! Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s “temple of spirit,” where radical art and architecture meet. Daily tours included with admission. Open seven days a week.Duration: 3 hoursVisit: Statue of Liberty, New York City, New YorkFlex ticket for one Statue Cruises ferry ride to and from Liberty Island and Ellis Island, audio guides, and admission to Ellis island Immigration Museum (Crown Tickets and Pedestal Access not included)Duration: 3 hoursVisit: Ellis Island, New York City, New YorkFlex ticket for one Statue Cruises ferry ride to and from Liberty Island and Ellis Island, audio guides, and admission to Ellis island Immigration Museum (Crown Tickets and Pedestal Access not included)Duration: 3 hoursVisit: The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, New York City, New YorkPay your respects to the victims of the 9/11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Take a moment of quiet at the twin reflecting pools, where the names of every person who died in the attacks are inscribed. Examine the history and impact of the events and learn stories of loss and recovery.Duration: 3 hoursVisit: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York City, New YorkExplore the Museum’s collection of historical artifacts in an exhibit space spanning over 150,000 square feet. Get an up-close look at the space shuttle Enterprise and 28 aircraft, including the world’s fastest military jet. Enter Growler the only guided missile submarine open to the public. Climb into a real Bell 47 helicopter and land a space shuttle in the Exploreum.Duration: 3 hours