There is nowhere in the entire United States where leaf season is more spectacular than in New England! This tour showcases a little bit of everything that makes New England such an impressive place to visit. In addition to forests bursting with red, orange, yellow and purple leaves, this tour is also perfect for the serious bird-watcher.
In addition to leaves and birds, enjoy magnificent Gilded Age mansions, an Amish Countryside Tour, the inner-workings of a real modern day Maple Syrup Factory along with unique shopping and dining opportunities.
Explore this wonderfully educational living history museum built around the love of the sea. This New England attraction consists of a re-created 19th century coastal village, a working preservation shipyard, four vessels that are all National Historic Landmarks, the Tregworgy Planetarium and nineteen acres of exhibits, art galleries, gift shops, restaurants, bakeries and taverns. The museum also offers educational classes in all things related to boats and boat building, navigation and weather seminars, cooking, music and craft classes.
Boston City Tour
Boston is such a historical city with so much to do and see. This tour includes historical sites like Paul Revere’s home, the Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill and the Boston Harbor along with more recent landmarks including Fenway Park and the bar made famous by the long running television show, Cheers.
Visit a local cheese factory. Learn how cheese is made, the different varieties and what makes a great-tasting cheese.
Maple Syrup Factory
Learn how maple tree sap is made into maple syrup; the differences between the flavors, colors and grades; and why it is a highly-nutritious sweetener.
Visit the actual site where the Mayflower Pilgrims landed all the way back in 1620. Then enjoy the Plymouth Rock State Park and tour the Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship.
A living history museum created to tell the story of both the Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoag people, Plimoth Plantation includes a recreation of the 17th century farming and maritime village started by the Pilgrims in 1627 on the banks of Plymouth Harbor. All the villagers you encounter are costumed actors who will entertain and educate you about life in colonial Plymouth. On this self-guided tour you’ll see rare breed animals, a Wampanoag Indian home site, the Pilmoth Grist Mill, and a craft center showcasing traditional colonial crafts.
Incorporated in 1852 as the Bennington Historical Association, the museum was founded to honor the 1777 Revolutionary War battle fought near the town. Now the largest art and history repository in Southern Vermont, the Bennington Museum includes the largest collection of American folk art by Grandma Moses.
Grandma Moses Schoolhouse
Originally constructed in Eagle Bridge, New York, the building was moved to the Museum grounds in 1972. Along with the interactive family center of Grandma Moses’ life there is 19th century country store, the interior of an actual one room schoolhouse, antique toys and a make-your-own Grandma Moses painting wall.
Hometown of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt there are guided tours of his home “Springwood” along with self guided tours of the Presidential Library and Museum. Stroll the 300 acre site of formal gardens, grounds and nature and hiking trails.
Hyde Park is also home to the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. This estate is a tribute to an era and way of life lived during that time period rather than focusing on any one historical person or family. The site includes 211 acres that have centuries old trees, views of both the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains and gorgeous Italian Gardens.
A tour of West Point includes the famed West Point Cemetery, the West Point Museum with the largest miltaria collection in the Americas, Fort Putnam and Eisenhower Hall. Depending on when you tour, it’s also possible to witness the cadet review parade.
Amish Countryside Tour and Family-Style Meal
Experience a day in the life of an Amish family with a guided tour of this unique way of life. Enjoy a buggy ride, stroll through an authentic homestead, learn about a working farm that includes broom making, candle dipping, seasonal foods being dried, preserved, smoked, salted and canned, hand-stitched Amish quilts and more. Many of the tours also include a traditional Amish family-style meal.