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Welcome to Boston, known as "Beantown." Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Boston's historic sites. Head out along the Freedom Trail to see Old North Church, Quincy Market and the site of the Boston Massacre. Drive by historic buildings including the Massachusetts State House and the impressive State Capitol near the top of Beacon Hill. From Boston, travel to Plymouth and Plymouth Plantation, a recreated 17th century village where costumed reenactors bring to life the history of the Plymouth Colon. Then set out for Cape Cod, an area of both natural beauty and quaint colonial villages. Arrive in Hyannis, made famous by the Kennedys.
This morning, travel along historic Old King's Highway, a scenic byway. Visit Cape Cod National Seashore, with massive sand dunes and long sandy beaches. Visit Provincetown at the tip of the Cape, a popular summer resort. Enjoy some leisure time to browse through the galleries and arts and crafts shops.
Leave the Cape and head west to the towns and villages of Southeastern Massachusetts-home to over 14,000 acres (5,665 hectares) of working cranberry bogs. Visit a bog and learn all about Massachusetts' number one agricultural commodity crop. Continue along a portion of the Mohawk Trail, the first scenic road in New England, which officially opened in 1914. Continue through the rolling hills of the Berkshire Mountains.
Drive on through the rich colors of Vermont and stop for an Iconic Breakfast to taste a bit of the state's local flavours. Then it's on to Rockingham to visit the family-owned and operated Vermont Country Store, a general store of yesteryear. Next, stop in Woodstock, a charming town with quaint houses, churches and a picturesque covered bridge. See Quechee Gorge for breathtaking views of Vermont's deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity. Drive through the Green Mountain National Forest to Burlington, set on the shores of glittering Lake Champlain.
Enjoy a free day in Burlington, ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the prettiest towns in America. The city's location on Lake Champlain provides a scenic backdrop to a lively and charming downtown, Church Street Marketplace, full of shops, restaurants, bars and culture. As an option, join a luncheon cruise aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen.
Travel to Stowe, a wonderfully eclectic New England town tucked away in the Green Mountains. Continue on to Montpelier, the nation's smallest capital city with its elegant gold-domed state house. Stop at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks for a sugar house visit and tasting of "sugar on snow," maple sugar served on ice with a pickle. Cross the state border into New Hampshire and enter the White Mountains, travelling through Franconia Notch State Park. Drive along the Kancamagus Highway, called "The Kanc," New England's most scenic byway.
This morning, take the quintessential fall colour excursion to the White Mountains past Mount Washington-the tallest peak in the northeast at 6,288 feet (1,917 metres)-through Crawford Notch State Park. Snap a photo at Silver Cascade Waterfall and Bretton Woods, offering stunning views of Mount Washington. Back in North Conway, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
Continue through New Hampshire before crossing the state border into Maine where you will arrive in charming Kennebunkport. After, travel along Ocean Drive with stunning views of the Maine coastline and the homes of the rich and famous, including the summer retreat of former President George H.W. Bush. Take a walk along the waterfront before continuing to charming Portsmouth.
Continue south to Boston Logan International Airport or the Boston hotel for guests wishing to extend their stay.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Unlike many other whale watches, our trips offer a wide spectrum of educational tools that go beyond the “average whale watch.” All trips are designed to enhance our awareness of whales, other marine life and the marine habitat that surrounds us. Our goal is to have each passenger depart our vessels with a greater understanding and appreciation of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the wealth of life it supports. Approx. duration: 1 hour.
Adult Price: $47
Norman Rockwell Museum presents the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post and the Four Freedoms, and the best in the field of American illustration. Experience Rockwell’s art, life and legacy in the artist’s picturesque New England hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts nestled in the culturally rich Berkshires. Approx. duration: 1 hour
Adult Price: $21
Enjoy our scenic narration while enjoying lunch from our grand buffet. More than just soup and sandwiches, this is sure to impress your out of town guests! Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.
Adult Price: $40
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