East Coast Travel Clubs

East Coast Travel ClubsTravel clubs offer outdoor enthusiasts a way to connect with other travelers, coordinate trips and learn more about travel opportunities launching from the club's base city or town. America's East Coast has no shortage of travel clubs from northern New England to southern Florida. Most travel clubs have an annual membership fee, but usually non-members are also welcome to sign up for trips and events.

Hiking, Kayaking & Social Activity Group of New England (Meetup Group)

Based in Merrimack, New Hampshire the group has over 3,000 members. The outings include easy hikes followed by lunch, kayaking trips and skiing in the New England region.

Maine Outdoor Adventure Club

Founded in 1989, the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club (MOAC) has around 700-750 active members. With bases in Portland and Bangor, MOAC operates year-round. Events range from local events such as weekly beach walks and indoor rock climbing to ski weekends and multiple-day backpacking trips around Maine. Members are given priority signup for trips and enjoy discounts at a variety of stores, ski resorts and local fitness facilities. The MOAC website details an event calendar for each month, and trips include activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking and canoeing. MOAC is a social travel club geared at budget and outdoor travelers. Singles, couples and families are all welcome.

East Coast Hikers Meetup Group

With over 700 members, the ECH based in Norfolk, Virginia organizes hikes from beginner to moderate skill levels. A couple of events are planned each month with an active participation of members.

Article Written By Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.

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