Martha's Vineyard (187 miles)
Today, we will leave Boston and drive down the Massachusetts coastline, boarding a ferry to Martha's Vineyard. Once there, we will take a tour of the island, visiting places like an Alpaca Farm. We will also visit the villages of Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, and have a Mini Island tour. In the evening, we will return to Boston.
Marthas Vineyard, MA
The largest island not connected to mainland by a bridge or tunnel on the East Coast of the United States. Beautiful beaches, grand mansions, great restaurants and shops are all around on the island.
Martha's Vineyard Island Ferry
The Martha's Vineyard Ferry carries passengers between the island and the shores of Cape Cod, the only way for tourists to reach the island if they do not own a private vessel.
Admission (Mandatory): Adult $20; Child (5-12 yrs) $9; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $20
This farm is a truly unique location on Martha's Vineyard, where alpacas are bred and raised. Come visit these unique, quirky animals and walk the quaint, open farmlands.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun Sep - May 10:00am - 4:00pm, Mon - Sun Jun - Aug 10:00am - 5:00pm
This tiny town on the island of Martha's Vineyard is the first thing many people see when they arrive for their vacation. It most loved for its "gingerbread cottages" and other historic buildings from the late 1800s.
This small town comprises the eastern part of Martha's Vineyard. It is an extremely popular tourist spot due to its ease of access, historical significance as a whaling town, and gorgeous beaches and other ocean scenery.
Mini Island Tour
This is a quick but comprehensive way to see the island of Martha's Vineyard. We will see one of the island's quaint lighthouses and visit the local alpaca farm, as well as receiving a bus pass for our time.
Admission (Optional): Adult $27; Child (Under 12 yrs) $27; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $27; Mini Island Tour
Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn Randolph or similar
Boston - Ogunquit - York Beach - Boston (144 miles)
Today, we will drive north to Ogunquit, Maine. Once there, we will go to Perkins Cove, where we will board a boat to go on a lobster fishing trip out at sea and visit Ogunquit Playhouse. Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious lobster meal. Before returning to Boston, we will visit the Nubble Light and the Kittery Premium Outlets.
This coastal town in beautiful York County, Maine is a popular summer destination for people all over New England. In fact, the name "Ogunquit" translates to "beautiful place by the sea" in the local Native American language.
Perkins Cove is a small fishing village in the Ogunquit area, full of charming little gift shops and delicious seafood restaurants, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing day trip.
Lobster Fishing Trip
On this fun fishing trip, we will feel like authentic New England lobster fishermen as we learn the ins and outs off the coast of Portland, ME. It will all culminate in us enjoying a delicious lobster meal. Yum!
Admission (Optional): Adult $30; Child (Under 12 yrs) $20; Senior $30|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Maine Ogunquit Playhouse was the first, and remains the only, summer theatre from the era built exclusively as a seasonal theatre. Have you ever wondered what it's like to go behind the scenes of a professional theatre? Join us for insider access to the dressing rooms, green room and backstage. Our trained guides will share their extensive knowledge of the storied history of the Playhouse and the hundreds of stars who have graced the stage.
Admission (Optional): Adult $10; Child $10; Senior $10|Opening Hours: Tue - Sun Mar - Oct
York Beach, ME
The Yorks in southern Maine at 57.7 sq. miles is primarily made up of four areas including York Village, York Harbor, York Beach and Cape Neddick. The Yorks of Maine seasonally offers visitors boating, kayaking and deep sea fishing, indoor and outdoor galleries etc.
This member of the National Register of Historic Places is considered so iconic that an image of it is included alongside structures like the Great Wall of China on the Voyager spacecraft. It is over a century old.
Kittery Premium Outlets
The Kittery Premium Outlets in Maine offer visitors excellent shopping opportunities at fantastic discount prices. Some of the shops in this facility include Brookstone, Aeropostale, J. Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Reebok.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 9:00am - 9:00pm, Sun 9:00am - 6:00pm
Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Mansfield-Foxboro Area or similar
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 $18; Child (Under 12 yrs) $16; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $18
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) $13; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $16
Standard Hotel: Colonnade Inn, Lynburke Motel
White Mountain National Forest - Concord (NH) - Boston (163 miles)
We will start the stay by exploring White Mountain National Forest, the home of Mount Washington, where we will ride the Cog Railway to the summit. On our way back to Boston, we will stop by a local farm for apple picking for one hour and then in Concord, NH to see the New Hampshire State House.
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.
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: Comfort Inn Randolph or equivalent