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From Boston: Quincy, Plymouth, and Mayflower II Day Trip

1. From Boston: Quincy, Plymouth, and Mayflower II Day Trip

Start with a pickup from downtown Boston in a comfortable, air-conditioned, latest model minibus. Travel 30 minutes south to the historic city of Quincy to visit the birthplaces of two former US Presidents, John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. Next, enjoy a scenic view of New England's coastline as you travel through Cohasset to the town of Scituate. Once in Scituate, you will have the opportunity to visit the Scituate Lighthouse and hear the amazing story of the "American Army of Two." Then, travel along the beautiful New England coastline towards Plymouth. Visit coastal towns, waterfront mansions, and a lighthouse. Once you arrive in "America's Hometown," visit Plymouth Rock. Benefit from admission to the Mayflower II and Plimoth Patuxet and learn about the site where New England was first established in 1620. Climb back on the bus for a relaxing return trip to Boston.

Boston: Fall Foliage Tour

2. Boston: Fall Foliage Tour

Your day will start with pickup from your hotel in greater Boston. From here, you will make the 2-hour ride north into New Hampshire surrounded by the beautiful fall colors as you drive higher into the mountains. You'll make a short stop half-way along for coffee or cider. Once on the Kancamagus Byway, you will make several stops for pictures of the mountains and fall foliage colors. Your knowledgable guide will share details about the region. You'll also enjoy 2 short excursions on easy to hike trails to view historic waterfalls. Then, enjoy a 1.5-hour lunch and shopping break in the mountain town of North Conway. This is a quaint town surrounded by snow-capped mountains and rugged cliffs. After lunch, you'll head further into the White Mountains. The last stop will be near the spectacular Omni Mount Washington Hotel. Many have called this "the highlight of the tour" as this beautiful location neighbors New Hampshire's tallest and most extravagant mountain range. Finally, your guide will point out a few more interesting sights before the 2-hour journey back to your hotel in Boston.

Plymouth: Historic Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. Plymouth: Historic Self-Guided Walking Tour

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, this self-guided walking tour of Plymouth is flexible and customizable. Discover this quaint yet historical town at your own pace. Your journey back in time begins at the Plymouth Visitor Center, where you can get acquainted with the town you’re about to explore. From there, stroll along the waterfront and get a crash course in who the Pilgrims really were and how they built a society. The first major stop is a real treat: a replica of the Mayflower, on which the Pilgrims sailed from England to Massachusetts. Here, you’ll also get the scoop on the Mayflower passengers who weren’t Pilgrims ─ people who were called The Strangers. Afterward, come to Plymouth’s most famous attraction: Plymouth Rock. According to legend, this is the spot where the Pilgrims disembarked to establish the colony of Plymouth. Learn the interesting history behind this timeless historical artifact. Then, continue on to the statue of Chief Massasoit and learn the true story of the alliance between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe, as well the dramatic events which prompted the unusual friendship. Next, pass through the beautiful Brewster Gardens and see the Pilgrim Maiden statue, one of the few surviving sculptures depicting women from this era. As you make your way inland, learn the truth about the first Thanksgiving and what most people get wrong about it today. Later, pass the Burial Hill Cemetery, where many of the town’s earliest settlers have been laid to rest. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Plymouth Grist Mill, which is open to visitors and offers a glimpse back at how the Pilgrims went about their day-to-day lives. As an added perk throughout your tour, enjoy animated videos of most stops, allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots of different centuries or interior rooms.

Portsmouth NH: Islands and Harbor Guided Bicycle Tour

4. Portsmouth NH: Islands and Harbor Guided Bicycle Tour

Spend time outdoors and get active as you explore Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a dynamic port city at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Hop onto your bike and follow your guide to dive into Portsmouth's colonial and nautical past. Meet your guide at the John Paul Jones Historic House and get fitted for a 21-speed hybrid comfort bike. Then, get ready to set out on your tour of Portsmouth and New Castles' landmarks, monuments, and memorials.# Cycle at an easy to moderate pace over relatively flat terrain. Stop en route to hear interesting facts about each of the places that you visit, including Prescott Park, Four Tree Island, Historic South End, Wentworth by the Sea, Fort Stark, and Great Island Common. Learn about the architectural features of historic homes as you bike your way through the Historic South End's beautifully preserved architecture of Georgian, Federal, and Colonial-style homes.

Kancamagus Scenic Highway Self-Driving Audio Tour

5. Kancamagus Scenic Highway Self-Driving Audio Tour

Drive along the Kancamagus Scenic Highway to explore New Hampshire with this flexible self-guided audio tour. This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Simply hop in your car, open the tour guide app, and get started. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Make your way to North Woodstock to begin your self-drive experience. The tour follows the spectacular autumn leaves of the Kancamagus Scenic Highway, passing viewpoints, stunning vistas, and gorgeous hiking trails. Learn about the region and its history as you drive through the landscape. All audios play automatically based on location. Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Your tour ends at a ranger station near Conway.

White Mountains: 3-Day Self-Guided High Peaks Hiking Trip

6. White Mountains: 3-Day Self-Guided High Peaks Hiking Trip

Spend 3 days enjoying the wonders of the White Mountains on this self-guided camping and hiking experience. All hikes on this trip include custom digital maps that allow you to follow your progress on a mobile device. This self-guided adventure will make you feel comfortable and fully equipped with everything you'll need to get the most out of your trip in the White Mountains. Your trip begins with convenient pick up of your camping gear from a self-service locker kiosk in Plymouth, NH. With your gear in tow, you'll continue to Crawford Notch, where you'll find your provided campsite. Check-in at the campsite begins at 2:00 PM. Spend the first afternoon relaxing at your campsite.  When morning comes, it's time to decide which of the 4,000-foot peaks you would like to hike. There are a wide variety of options in terms of length and difficulty, so you can choose the perfect peak for you and your group. Some of the peaks on this itinerary include Garfield, Hale, North and South Twin as well as Zealand. They range in length from roughly 4 to 10 miles.  See how your legs are feeling when morning comes and decide on the final day's adventure. Choose between conquering another peak or a shorter hike. If you want to take it really easy, feel free to explore a swimming hole and spend the day relaxing and enjoying your surroundings.  After returning to your vehicle, follow your itinerary south towards Plymouth. Your camping gear will be returned to the same locker that you picked it up from at the start of the trip.

White Mountains: 3-Day Self-Guided Waterfall Adventure

7. White Mountains: 3-Day Self-Guided Waterfall Adventure

Spend three days enjoying the wonders of the White Mountains on this two-night, self-guided camping experience. Follow your progress as you hike with custom digital maps for a mobile device.  Day 1: Plymouth - Crawford Notch Your trip begins with convenient pickup of your camping gear rental from a self-serve locker kiosk in Plymouth, NH. Then, head north to the heart of the White Mountains. Continue to Crawford Notch where you'll find your campsite, your new home for the duration of the adventure. Check in at the campsite from 1:00 PM. Either spend the rest of your day relaxing at the campsite or choose from a provided list of smaller adventures to enjoy. Day 2: Pinkham Notch When morning comes, it's time to head to the Pinkham Notch area to explore your first waterfalls. They are very short hikes and you'll have the option to choose one, or both. Next, you'll have the opportunity to hike to a towering 140-foot waterfall accessible by a winding trail that rises from the base of Crawford Notch. Day 3: Franconia Notch - Plymouth The final day of this adventure first features another Crawford Notch Waterfall just minutes from your campsite.  Then, follow your own itinerary and choose between several adventures in Franconia Notch while making your way south towards Plymouth.  Check out from your campsite by 11:00 AM. Simply return your camping gear to the same locker that you picked it up from at the start of the trip. Feel comfortable and confident with this self-guided adventure. You will be fully equipped with everything you'll need to get the most out of your trip in the White Mountains.

White Mountains: 3-Day Self-Guided Scenic Trails Trip

8. White Mountains: 3-Day Self-Guided Scenic Trails Trip

Spend 3 days enjoying the wonders of the White Mountains on this 2 night, self-guided camping experience. All hikes on this trip include custom digital maps that allow you to follow your progress on a mobile device. Your trip begins after you pick up your camping gear rental from a convenient self-serve locker kiosk. With your gear in tow, you'll continue towards Lincoln where you'll find the campsite you'll be staying at. after checking in, either spend your time relaxing at your campsite, or select from a provided list of smaller adventures to enjoy. When morning comes, it's time to choose between 2 hiking trails. The first trail is a smaller mountain summit on the south end of Franconia Notch. It is roughly 3 miles round trip, with a steady but reasonable incline, leading to views as far as the eye can see from a rocky summit. The second trail option is a generally flat trail along a rushing river that leads to a waterfall and swimming hole. It is 6 miles round trip and is easy in difficulty. In the afternoon, choose to relax by your campsite, or choose from a list of provided activities. The last day of this adventure features another choice of trails. Your first option is a hike to a beautiful mountain lake, resting in between the summits of two of New Hampshire's 48 peaks above 4,000 feet. The trail is a little steep, but the incredible views at the top are worth it. It is roughly a 3-mile round trip hike. Your second option is a beautiful drive to a lesser-known part of the White Mountains, where a stream-side trail leading to a waterfall and swimming hole awaits. Your camping gear will be returned to the same locker that you picked it up from at the start of the trip in Plymouth.

Portsmouth: Self-Guided Haunted Walking Audio Tour

9. Portsmouth: Self-Guided Haunted Walking Audio Tour

Discover the haunted locations of Portsmouth with a self-guided GPS Audio application tour. Explore the area at your own pace and visit famous haunted attractions like The Huntsman, Sheafe Street Inn, Deadwicks, 111 State Street, and more. You will receive the downloading instructions on your voucher after booking. Walk from one location to the other as spooky music plays in the background. Listen to the sinister stories of ghosts shared through your smartphone. Visit the Old Red Light District, The Rockingham, John Paul Jones House, Portsmouth Music Hall, and other popular locations. See the African Burial Ground and learn about its history and discovery. You will hear tales of the haunted port city while strolling through the streets of Portsmouth. Walk at your own pace and uncover the secrets of the stops on the Underground Railroad. During the tour, choose to pause the app to take a break at a haunted brewery or bakery. Start the tour again whenever you're ready to continue. Throughout the tour, you will see the spookiest and most historic sites of Portsmouth. Explore one of America's oldest cities'' haunted locations and learn about its spooky past. 

White Mountains: 3-Day Self-Guided Hike & Brewery Visit

10. White Mountains: 3-Day Self-Guided Hike & Brewery Visit

Spend 3 days enjoying the wonders of the White Mountains on this 2 night, self-guided camping experience. All hikes on this trip include custom digital maps that allow you to follow your progress on a mobile device. Your trip begins after you pick up your camping gear rental from a convenient self-serve locker kiosk. With your gear in tow, you'll continue towards Lincoln where you'll find the campsite you'll be staying at. after checking in, either spend your time relaxing at your campsite, or select from a provided list of smaller adventures to enjoy. When morning comes, it's time to choose between 2 hikes. The first is a shorter hike up Mount Pemigewasset on the south end of Franconia Notch. The hike is roughly 2.5 miles round trip and features a beautiful clifftop overlook of the region. The second option is a longer hike to the top of one of New Hampshire's 48 peaks above 4,000 feet. The round-trip hike of Mount Garfield is roughly 9.5 miles and features spectacular views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and beyond. For the afternoon and evening, it's time to visit a brewery. Choose between 3 breweries north of the notch including Reklis Brewing Co, Schilling Beer Co, and Iron Furnace Brewing. Depending on brewery restrictions, purchase a beer to go and enjoy at your campsite, or purchase a pint to enjoy on an outdoor patio. On the next day, enjoy breakfast at your campsite and head out on the Kancamagus Highway to the Lincoln Woods Trailhead. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and walk to Franconia Falls. This is a 6-mile round trip hike on relatively flat ground that leads to a gorgeous swimming hole. After enjoying a swim and hike, follow your itinerary and choose to visit more breweries in the Lincoln/Woodstock area including One Love Brewery and the Woodstock Inn Brewery. Continue south to return your camping gear to the same locker that you picked it up from at the start of the trip.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Customers were given Autumn brochures and map while they hopped on to the bus tour. The brochure contains different Autumn leaves’ pictures for references. The driver was on time to pick and to return us to our respective hotel location. Driver was accommodating and gave us heads up on information about the history of Boston and a brief history of Massachusetts, such as: Boston known as the Bean town, seafood city, Boston Tea Party and The Pilgrims on the Mayfliwer that made its way to Plymouth Rock and what we would expect to see on our way to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Driver was respectful and friendly.

Matthew was a wonderful guide. Answered everyone’s questions and was very knowledgeable about the area etc. Enjoyed the frequent breaks, comfortable transportation and the cider donut stop! Would book with him again for his other tours.

Our guide was amazing. Very informative about the area and the scenery was beautiful. Gave us just the right amount of time for lunch and shopping. Van was very comfortable. I would highly recommend this excursion.

Great day trip from Boston to see the beautiful fall foliage.

Informative and fun fall tour - we highly recommend