Join us as we travel through Boston and New England for the beautiful Fall Colors. Enjoy great cuisine including a lobster dinner. One of the greatest shows in the natural world occurs yearly in the forests and fields of the eastern United States as prolific flowers, turning leaves and colorful creatures paint the Autumn landscape. Nature's annual autumn color festival is certainly one of the greatest shows on earth. Each fall, millions of trees in the eastern deciduous forests respond to the shorter days and cooler nights by beginning preparations for their dormant winter period.
It is just business as usual for the trees, but for us, it is a spectacular display of the beauty and diversity of nature. Every fall, nature paints the East Coast landscape with brilliant red, orange and yellow colors. Temperatures determine how bright the Fall Season will be. Cool nights and sunny days cause chemical reactions within leaves. During summer months, a leaf is green thanks to an abundance of pigments in the chlorophyll.
These green pigments gather energy from the sun, using it to manufacture sugars necessary for the tree's growth. Photosynthesis consumes the leaf's supply of chlorophylls, which trees replenish at a steady rate through summer months. When days grow short and nights are cool, trees slow their chlorophyll pigment production. As demand outstrips supply, the green begins to fade. That allows other pigments to show through the fading green.
Day 1: Rapid City, SD to Boston, MA
After check-in for our flight to Boston, proceed through security and await boarding. Please always check the monitors for possible connecting flight gate changes. On arrival in Boston, you will be met by your ABS Representative who will accompany you to the hotel for overnight.
Overnight Boston Area - No meals included
Day 2: Boston area Sightseeing
A full day sightseeing Boston aboard the fully narrated ‘Hop on Hop Off’ trolley. Boston’s famous landmarks reflect the important part the city played in the history of the United States. This wonderful city will come alive, as you explore the Freedom Trail, including a visit to the Old North Church. You will continue your Boston tour with visits to the Back Bay, Public Gardens, Old Ironsides (Currently in dry dock) and much more. Some other sights you will see along the Freedom Trail are the Boston Common, State House, King’s Chapel, Granary Burial Ground, Old South Meetinghouse, Boston Massacre site, Old State House, and Faneuil Hall.
Overnight Boston area – Breakfast included
Day 3: Somerville - Boston area to Kennebunkport – 85 miles
Late morning it’s time to leave for our 95 mile drive to Kennebunkport, Maine where we have time to relax a little before enjoying a wonderful Lobster meal… (Substitutes are available)
Overnight Kennebunkport, Maine - Breakfast and Lobster Supper included
Day 4: Kennebunkport
A full day to explore this charming town by its’ own trolley service which picks up and drops off directly outside the hotel. Kennebunk's Lower Village & Kennebunkport's Dock Square are located along the ocean and Kennebunk River. Settled in the 1600's and a long time ship building mecca, the river banks saw five-masted ships and schooners making their way down the river on their way to the sea. Sea captains built fine mansions, many of which are preserved today as lovely inns with antique charm. Over 100 years ago, this part of the Maine Coast first became a resort destination - today it's "the place to be all year". Many unique gift shops, Whale Watching & Sailing Excursions, Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock and of course the summer home of Pres. George H.W. Bush.
Overnight Kennebunkport, Maine – Breakfast included
Day 5: Kennebunkport to Lincoln, New Hampshire – 140 miles
After a leisurely breakfast we leave the hotel and head for New Hampshire. After our arrival in Indian Head, there’s time to explore this beautiful setting before supper this evening.
Overnight Lincoln NH - Breakfast and Supper included today
Day 6: Lincoln to Lake Placid - 180 miles
Our journey today takes us from New Hampshire to Burlington, Vermont with a ‘surprise’ stop on the way. After lunch we continue to Charlotte, VT where we board the ferry to Essex, NY. We rejoin the road system at Essex and then it’s just a short journey to the Lake Placid region. Lake Placid achieved international notoriety for hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. However, it is also known as a year round destination for families and outdoor adventure enthusiasts.
Overnight Lake Placid – Breakfast included
Day 7: Lake Placid to Kingston Ontario – 170 miles
After breakfast it’s time to get your passports ready as we journey to the US / Canadian Border Crossing point. Once in Canada we head south to Kingston, Ontario and the delightful lakeside town of Kingston, Ontario. Our estimated time of arrival is mid-afternoon but this is dependent on the amount of time it takes to cross the border into Canada. After check-in we take a drive to the shores of Lake Ontario. Supper tonight is at the hotel so a relaxing evening is ahead of you.
Overnight Kingston Ontario - Breakfast & Supper included today
Day 8: Kingston Ontario to Niagara Falls – 246 miles
This is our longest driving day of the tour and our lunch break will be in Toronto area at the Yorkdale Shopping Center. Our drive takes us along the shore of Lake Ontario and then south into Niagara Falls. After checking into our hotel it’s time to take the ‘Funicular’ down to the falls main viewing area. The rest of the evening is free to take supper where you wish… suggestions will be made.
Overnight Niagara Falls Canada - Breakfast included today
Day 9: Niagara Falls
Be ready to leave the hotel at 9.00am this morning as we embark on a full day of seeing the sights together with a trip on The Maid of the Mist…. you may get wet but it’s well worth the experience! During our stay here we’ll visit the Floral Clock, visit a winery and spend a little time in Niagara- on-the-Lake. Our Farwell Supper will be at 6.30pm so please meet in the lobby at 6pm.
Overnight Niagara Falls, Canada - Breakfast & Supper included today
Day 10: Niagara Falls to Buffalo, NY & Home – 35 miles
Please have your bags ready for collection at the advised time and your passports at the ready for re-entry to the USA. This morning it’s time to say farewell to the awesome Niagara Falls and head for the airport where you board your flight for home.
Starts: Friday September 28th 2018
Ends: Sunday October 7th 2018
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