Women's travel in the Eastern U.S.

While the eastern part of the United States is best known for its cities, it's well worth exploring for its natural beauty. From the high peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains to the seashores of the Chesapeake Bay, from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the rugged coastline of Maine, this part of the country contains enough history, variety, and beauty to keep you exploring for a long time. Be sure to also look at trips listed under National Parks.

Paddling with Manatees - FULL
January 25, 2018 – January 28, 2018

Who can resist these gentle giants in their winter home of Florida's spring-fed rivers??  On this trip we experience the manatees up close and personal in their natural habitat, viewing them through crystal clear waters as we sit above and among them in our kayaks.  This is an ideal trip both for women who know they love paddling and for those who want to give kayaking a try: you'll learn basic kayak strokes on calm waters and by the end of the weekend you will be a competent and confident paddler. Even if you discover you don't like kayaking (which we doubt), the thrill of these wondrous creatures sticking their snouts out of the water beside your kayak, as if to be petted, is simply an amazing experience.  $1235  Rating: 1 [2] 3  4 5 

Dog Sledding and Winter Fun - FULL
February 3, 2018 – February 7, 2018

Find out why winter is our favorite season! Whether you've always avoided winter or are already an experienced winter outdoorswoman, you'll enjoy 5 action-packed days of dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking on frozen rivers. Our home on this trip is an award-winning resort on the shores of Lake Superior. Pamper yourself with a sauna, outdoor hot tub, or perhaps even a massage. All rooms are private rooms on this trip. $1765  Rating: [1]  [2] [3]  4   5

On the Suwannee River
March 17, 2018 – March 20, 2018

Most people have only heard about the Suwannee River in Stephen Foster's famous song, "Old Folks At Home". And so it comes as a surprise how incredibly rich the natural and human history of this area truly is. On this hiking and paddling trip we will immerse ourselves in the beauty, variety, and fascination of the Suwannee and the clear springs that make this a truly unique early spring destination. $1195  Rating: 1 [2] 3  4 5 

Harpers Ferry Holiday
April 19, 2018 – April 22, 2018

At the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, Harpers Ferry is an outdoorswoman's delight. The C& O Towpath provides excellent bike riding; the Shenandoah is a perfect introduction to river paddling; and the world-renowned Appalachian Trail will delight both experienced and novice hikers. Combine all this with spring flowers and a town that is both historic and charming, and you have the recipe for the perfect weekend getaway.  $795  Rating: 1  2 

Waterfalls, Wildflowers, and Wineries - FULL
May 3, 2018 – May 6, 2018

Northern Georgia, the jumping off point for the Appalachian Trail, is known for its gorgeous and rugged mountains, its towering waterfalls, and its ... wineries? Who knew?! Turns out the soil, climate, and elevation are not only great for hiking, they're also perfect for wine growing. So on this four day getaway, we combine hiking to waterfalls with opportunities to visit wineries, learn about wine, and sample some of the wonderful cuisine that can be found here. This is the perfect Mother's Day gift!  $925 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Intro to Lightweight Backpacking on the AT - FULL
June 10, 2018 – June 17, 2018

On this wilderness backpacking trip we travel along one of the Appalachian Trail's most interesting sections, from Dicky Gap to Elk Garden, at the height of the rhododendron and azaleas in bloom. This is an ideal backpacking trip for novices: our moderate mileage leaves time for you to learn everything you need to know to pursue backpacking on your own. Or if you haven't been backpacking for awhile, join us to learn about the lightweight revolution. Our lightweight approach should keep your pack under 30 pounds.  $1450  Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5 

The Art of Mountain Hiking - the Appalachians
June 20, 2018 – June 24, 2018

If you long to hike in the mountains but lack the knowledge and skills that only come from years of experience, this trip is for you. During these five days we combine mountain hiking in the Appalachians with instruction in everything you need to know: basic technique, clothing and equipment, conditioning and nutrition, safety considerations, trip planning, weather, and navigation with map and compass.  $995  Rating: 1 [2]  3  4  5

The Art of Mountain Hiking - the Rockies
June 23, 2018 – June 29, 2018

If you long to hike in the mountains but lack the knowledge and skills that only come from years of experience, this trip is for you. During these five days we combine mountain hiking in Colorado with instruction in everything you need to know: basic technique, clothing and equipment, conditioning and nutrition, safety considerations, trip planning, weather, and navigation with map and compass.  $1450  Rating: 1 [2] [3] 4 5.

Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail
July 22, 2018 – July 28, 2018

This section of the Appalachian Trail offers the highest peaks in the White Mountains, windswept ridges, and dramatic views. It also has something more commonly found in the Alps: comfortable huts with a warm bed and a hot meal at the end of the day! This represents a great solution for women who want to hike on the Appalachian Trail but prefer not to carry a backpack. $1595 Rating: 1 2 3 4 [5].

Slackpacking Maine - FULL
August 11, 2018 – August 18, 2018

Have you been dying to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, but you just cannot see carrying a heavy pack and sleeping in shelters without a hot shower? We have the perfect solution- slackpacking! Hike a new section every day and get picked up at the end for a hot meal, shower, and a comfortable bed in a hostel. We've been doing the first section of the Appalachian Trail this way for years; in 2014 we added the last section. $1725 Rating: 1 2 3 4 [5].

Kayaking the Adirondacks
August 19, 2018 – August 25, 2018

The Adirondack State Park in northern New York is one of the premiere spots for kayak tripping on the East Coast, with countless lakes and streams of all sizes. We'll be kayaking one of the most beautiful routes as we travel through Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes before arriving back in the town of Saranac Lake. $1595 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5 

Adventures in the Adirondacks
September 16, 2018 – September 23, 2018

The Adirondack State Park in northern New York is the largest publicly protected area in the lower 48 states, larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier and the Grand Canyon combined. Join us for a week of hiking and kayaking through the park, exploring some of the 2000 miles of trails for hiking and 3000 lakes for kayaking. The trees will change color before our eyes. $2295 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5 

Slackpacking Virginia
September 16, 2018 – September 22, 2018

Have you been dying to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, but you just cannot see carrying a heavy pack and sleeping in shelters without a hot shower? We have the perfect solution- slackpacking! Hike a new section every day and get picked up at the end for a hot meal, shower, and a comfortable bed. We've been doing the first and last sections of the Appalachian Trail this way for years; in 2016 we're adding a section in Virginia! $1450 Rating: 1  2  3  [4] 5

Autumn on Cape Cod
September 22, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Autumn on Cape Cod is spectacular! The whales and birds are migrating, the air is crisp and clear, and the hordes of summer tourists have left. Join us for a week of hiking, kayaking, biking, and exploring the natural history of this remarkable area. $2795 Rating  [2]  3  4  5

Lodge to Lodge On the Superior Hiking Trail
September 22, 2018 – September 27, 2018

On this hiking trip at the height of fall colors, we sample different accommodations as we explore various sections of the trail. With the option of two hikes of different lengths each day, this is a perfect getaway vacation for women who enjoy fall hiking and hospitable lodging. $1750  Rating: 1  2  3  4  5

Appalachian Autumn Adventures
September 27, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Northern Georgia, the jumping off point for the Appalachian Trail, offers an astounding array of activities for those who like to get out and play in the crisp, invigorating air of fall. So on this four day getaway, we will sample as much as we can: horseback riding, hiking, and whitewater rafting, intermingled with great food. $1050 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Blue Ridge Rambling
September 30, 2018 – October 5, 2018

The Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina are rich with scenic beauty, opportunities for outdoor adventure, and deep cultural traditions. During our six days we'll combine moderate hiking and whitewater rafting with visiting some of the area's iconic destinations, including the Biltmore Estate, Black Mountain, and Folk Art Center.  $1750 Rating  [2]  3  4  5

Slackpacking Harpers Ferry
October 14, 2018 – October 20, 2018

Have you been dying to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, but you just cannot see carrying a heavy pack and sleeping in shelters without a hot shower? We have the perfect solution- slackpacking! Hike a new section every day and get picked up at the end for a hot meal, shower, and a comfortable bed. This trip covers the northernmost section of Virginia, covering 60 miles from Chester Gap to the town of Harpers Ferry, WV. $1450 Rating: 1 2 3 [4] [5}

Slackpacking Georgia - FULL
October 20, 2018 – October 28, 2018

Have you been dying to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, but you just cannot see carrying a heavy pack and sleeping in shelters without a hot shower? We have the perfect solution- slackpacking! Hike a new section every day and get picked up at the end for a hot meal, shower, and a comfortable bed in a gorgeous hostel.  $1525  Rating: 1  2  3   [4, 5]