Beginning in September, the fresh air grows crisp, daylight dwindles, and apple orchards and pumpkin patches ripen for the harvest. In the New England states, millions of leaves burst with color. It’s a fascinating time of year to visit this area of the country, and we’d like to show you five reasons why our tours of New England are right for you in 2018.
Spend two nights in one of the United States’ oldest cities, Boston. Famous for its role in the American Revolution, we’ll follow history’s footprints on the Freedom Trail. Accompanied by a costumed guide, we’ll visit many revolutionary sites that played a major role in the fight for America’s independence. Visit other city destinations including the famous Quincy Market, where local artisans have been selling tasty food since the 1820s. We’ll also browse the halls of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum with time to explore its exhibits and see a documentary on the life of one of our most remembered presidents.
Enjoy a relaxing drive through Franconia Notch, one of New England’s most famous scenic passes. We’ll witness New Hampshire’s beautiful peaks, lush forests, and spend a little time at the Flume Gorge Visitors Center. A drive through the state’s Lakes Region provides vast and beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee’s nearby mountains and the wooded shorelines along the edge of Squam Lake’s tranquil waters. Join us for a boating excursion on Lake Winnipesaukee on the New England Fall Foliage Tour, or a cruise of the 1000 Islands in the St. Lawrence River on the Autumn in New England tour. Located along New York state’s border with Canada, cruising the island-speckled waterway is an unexpected delight.
A trove of cultural gems is ours to unearth in the Green Mountain State. In the town of Waterbury we’ll visit the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center, located in a restored 1875 train depot, and enjoy tastings and a brief tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. In Stowe, we’ll tour the Trapp Family Lodge, the home of the Austrian family made famous by The Sound of Music. In Woodstock, known as “the prettiest little town in America,” we’ll browse shops, see a delightful covered bridge, and learn pottery making techniques from the artisans at Bennington Potters.
Get a taste of the Big Apple during a two-night stay in New York City. Hear exciting stories during a guided tour of the city and see iconic landmarks including Central Park, 5th Avenue, and Rockefeller Center. We’ll see more sights on a Lower Manhattan Harbor cruise including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the newly risen One World Trade Center. In the evening, join your traveling companions in Times Square for a Broadway musical. Widely known as the height of quality live theater in the country, you can count on a joyful and powerful performance that will delight and entertain.
Holiday Vacations offers two versions of our autumnal tours: New England Fall Foliage and Autumn in New England. Our New England Fall Foliage tour flies into Boston and out of New York City a week later, but our Autumn in New England tour provides an additional five days of attractions and much more time witnessing the fall colors on a motorcoach tour that begins and ends in the Midwest. Additional experiences include an evening in Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most famous waterfalls.
Many of these attractions are on both our New England Fall Foliage and Autumn in New England tours, but some may be on one or the other. Find the full list of attractions on each tour in the following links.