Appalachian Trail walking holiday, America, lodges

“Embark on an 11-day tour of northeast America, hiking a section of the world-famous Appalachian Trail and several majestic mountain ranges. It takes place during autumn when the scenery is at its most beautiful. ”


Boston | Stowe | Skyline Trail | White Mountains National Forest | Lonesome Lake | Franconia Ridge Trail | Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway | Baxter State Park | Mount Katahdin | Acadia National Park | Mount Desert Island |

Description of Appalachian Trail walking holiday, America, lodges

At 3500 kilometres the Appalachian Trail is the world’s longest hiking-only trail, and this 11-day trip sees you tackle several of the best-known stretches.

Beginning and ending in Boston, a city that has been at the forefront of many key events in American history, the tour involves a series of guided hikes through some of the most captivating scenery in northeast America.

The first scheduled hike begins in Stowe. Travelling with a group of fellow walkers, you’ll fuel up with a handful of tasty foodie visits, before joining the well-known Skyline Trail for a full-day trek. It’s a strenuous hike, but well worth the effort.

In New Hampshire’s White Mountains National Park, forming the backbone of the Northern Appalachians, you’ll walk to Lonesome Lake. You’ll have the option of taking the Franconia Ridge Trail too, one of the best in New England, with stunning mountain views.

Baxter State Park is the best-known section of the Appalachian Trail, the finishing stretch, and offers many more fantastic hikes through pristine wilderness, before you reach Acadia National Park. Here you’ll have miles of trails to enjoy on Mount Desert Island before the return to Boston. The Cadillac Mountain North Ridge trail is the absolute stand-out, but your guide will be able to provide many more recommendations too.

The best part of this tour is perhaps the season. During the fall that famous New England foliage is a riot of colours, so ensure there is space in your backpack for a camera.

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Appalachian Trail walking holiday, America, lodges

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training ( a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve this role as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations

Our tour leaders will educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans. They will also advise all groups to keep to the path to avoid upsetting the balance of nature.

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