Boston - Plymouth - Boston (68 miles)
Today we will venture south to historic Plymouth, where we will see Plymouth Rock, visit Plimouth Plantation, and the Mayflower II, Plimoth Grist Mill. We will also learn about the history of the local Wampanoag Native American tribe. Afterward, we will continue to take the Plymouth's Whale Watching Cruise, before returning to Boston.
Plymouth is a coastal town in Massachusetts, south of Boston. It is the site of the first Pilgrim settlement, founded in 1620. Plymouth Rock, a boulder in Pilgrim Memorial State Park, marks the place where settlers are thought to have landed on shore.
The Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, MA is a fully-functioning historical town set in the year 1627. The complex also contains a recreation of the Mayflower, a craft center, a small farm animal zoo, and a movie theater.Price includes Mayflower II visit.
Admission (Optional): Adult $30; Child (Under 11 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $28
Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts is an important cultural landmark in the Unites States. It is considered to be the place where European pilgrims first landed and established what would become the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1620.
Plimoth Grist Mill
Nestled alongside bucolic Town Brook, and just a short walk from the waterfront and Mayflower II, the Plimoth Grist Mill tells the story of the grist (corn grinding) mill built by the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony. After more than a decade of laboriously grinding corn by hand in wooden mortars, the colony authorized the construction of a water-powered corn grinding mill on Town Brook in 1636.
Admission (Optional): Adult $7; Child (5-12 yrs) $5; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $6|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm
Plymouth's Whale Watching Cruise
Journey to the feeding ground of the largest mammals on the planet-- humpback whales. Those who join the tour will the ferried out into the ocean to see stunning wildlife, including whales, dolphins, fish, and seabirds.
Admission (Optional): Adult $53; Child (Under 12 yrs) $29; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $39
Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn Randolph or similar
Ellacoya State Park - Franconia Notch State Park (157 miles)
Today we will travel north to New Hampshire, where we will visit Winnipesaukee Lake in Ellacoya State Park, where we will take a cruise on the lake, and then Franconia Notch State Park to see Cannon Mountain and the Flume Gorge.
Ellacoya State Park, NH
A 65-acre state park in Gilford, New Hampshire, located on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. The park has 600 feet (180 m) of beachfront. There is a pavilion, an accessible bathhouse with showers and a changing area for swimmers.
Winnipesaukee Lake Cruise
Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire is a unique glacial lake that is famous in New England as a recreation and sightseeing spot. From the water, visitors can enjoy sights of its gorgeous shores and amazing islands.
Admission (Optional): Adult $33; Child (Under 11 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $33
Franconia Notch State Park, NH
located in the White Mountains in northern New Hampshire, United States. The park is home to Cannon Mountain, a state-owned ski resort started in the 1930s. Cannon is also famous for being one of the most challenging hills in New England.
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway
This beautifully scenic eight-minute ride takes visitors to just below the 4,200 foot tall peak of Cannon Mountain. From there, riders may continue up the hiking trails for views from the observation tower at the summit of the mountain.
Admission (Optional): Adult $19; Child (Under 12 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $19
This naturally-occurring massive canyon in central New Hampshire was discovered by an old lady on a fishing trip. Initially there was a huge boulder that hung precariously between in walls, but in 1883 a rainstorm swept it away.
Admission (Optional): Adult $16; Child (Under 11 yrs) $14; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $16
Standard Hotel: Colonnade Inn, Lynburke Motel
White Mountain National Forest - Merrimack - Concord (NH) - Boston (163 miles)
We will start the stay by exploring White Mountain National Forest, where we will see Mount Washington. On our way back to Boston, we will stop by a local farm for apple picking for one hour and Concord, NH to see the New Hampshire State House. See "Departure and Return Details" for pickup and dropoff information.
White Mountain National Forest, NH
New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest is home to Polar Caves Park and the beautiful views of the Kancamagus Highway. Be sure to ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway, a train that uses special tracks to climb the mountain!
The highest peak in the Northeastern U.S. at 6,288 ft or 1,917m, Mt. Washington is well-known for its dangerously unpredictable weather. The world's highest wind-speed of 231 miles per hour (372 km/h) was recorded atop the summit.
Admission (Optional): Adult Free; Child (Under 11 yrs) Free; Senior (Over 62 yrs) Free
Mount Washington Cog Railway
The first railroad of its kind, the Mt Washington cog railway using a unique series of interlocking tracks. During the one-hour ride, tourists can enjoy the spectacular view of the mountains and valleys.
Admission (Optional): Adult $72; Child (Under 12 yrs) $41; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $68|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
Concord is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the county seat of Merrimack County. This city is within the humid continental climate zone with long, cold and snowy winters, very warm (and at times humid) summers, and relatively brief autumns and springs.
New Hampshire State House
The inscriptions on the New Hampshire State House declares it "the nation's oldest state house in which the legislature still occupies its original chambers." This historic building has been in service since it was erected in 1819.
Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Mansfield-Foxboro Area or similar