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Hosted By: Tom Atkins
Experience the breathtaking beauty of autumn in historic New England. Begin with a tour of Boston including visits to the JFK Presidential Library, famed Quincy Market, and sites on the Freedom Trail. Travel through New Hampshire’s White Mountains, admire the changing colors of the season, and browse a substantial collection of Norman Rockwell paintings in his hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. For the finale, spend two days in New York City including a Liberty Cruise and tickets to a Broadway musical!
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September 28th, 2023 - October 6th, 2023
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Final Payment Date: 07/15/2023
Day 1 : Fly to Boston
Upon arrival on the East Coast, we check in for a two-night stay in Boston.
Day 2 : JFK Library & Boston Sights
We begin our discoveries of New England at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. An insightful documentary film and nostalgic exhibits celebrate JFK and the glamorous Camelot era. After, we head into Boston and stop for lunch at Quincy Market. Later, we join a guide on a tour exploring sites on the Freedom Trail and learn about the crucial role they played in our colonial history. View Paul Revere’s home and Old North Church where signal lanterns ignited the American Revolution. Enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner with your Tour Director and traveling companions this evening.
Day 3 : Salem
This morning board a ferry and cruise to the city of Salem, home to the infamous Salem witch trials. Tour the city and see the Witch Trials Memorial, The House of the Seven Gables, the Salem Witch Museum and more. Enjoy leisure time in Salem where we enjoy lunch, then explore and shop before departing for Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Upon arrival, tour the Strawbery Banke Museum, a wonderful heritage park and history museum with dozens of restored buildings and exhibits on colonial life. We arrive in North Conway this evening and check in to our overnight accommodations.
Day 4 : Kancamagus Highway
Some of New England’s most beloved vistas unfold before us today on the Kancamagus Highway, amidst the lush foliage and towering White Mountains of New Hampshire. Here, pristine brooks babble under covered bridges that hearken to simpler times. For more charm on our woodland excursion, we also take a ride on the Hobo Railroad. We continue our afternoon with a tour of Fadden’s Sugarhouse to learn about maple syrup production, from tapping the trees to the final product. Dinner is included tonight with time to unwind at our accommodations in Ludlow, Vermont.
Day 5 : Hildene – The Lincoln Family Home
This morning tour the home of Robert Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to live to adulthood, and later became Chairman of the Pullman Company. His Georgian Revival mansion was built in 1905 and is nestled in a valley surrounded by the scenic Green Mountain National Forest. Tour the mansion, the grounds, explore the 1903 Pullman Palace Car, Sunbeam, and much more. After, we visit the Bennington Battle Monument. This memorial stands over 300 feet tall and is made of bluish-grey magnesian limestone, built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777, which historians consider the defining turning point in the Revolutionary War. We spend the next two nights in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the heart of the Berkshires.
Day 6 : Norman Rockwell Museum & Shaker Village
After breakfast we visit The Mount, a country house that belonged to author Edith Wharton. Wharton is best known for being the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1921 for her novel The Age of Innocence. Next, we visit Norman Rockwell’s former home and studio, now a fascinating museum of his life, art, and legacy. We continue to the Hancock Shaker Village to admire the famous Round Stone Barn and enjoy a typical Shaker lunch. A guided tour sheds light on the pacifist, communal Shaker lifestyle and some of their handmade furniture. This evening is yours to relax.
Day 7 : New York City & Broadway Musical
Today we trade nature’s grand panorama for the exciting cityscape of The Big Apple. Discover many Manhattan landmarks on a driving tour with an expert local guide and view Central Park, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Rockefeller Center, Times Square and other iconic venues. Once we check-in to our hotel, prepare to get swept away with the bright lights and big personalities of a Broadway Musical, a performance like none other.
Day 8 : Harbor Cruise & NYC Your Way
Discover New York from the water during a harbor cruise witnessing the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and One World Trade Center. Engage with your fellow travelers over an exciting Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch and spend the rest of your last day in NYC with free time for more exploration, relaxation or both.
Day 9 : Fly Home
WJET TV Pickup Locations:
Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Erie, PA - Home Depot
Meadville, PA - Holiday Inn Express
JET 24/FOX 66 Chief Meteorologist Tom Atkins brings you area weather weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. A graduate of Iowa State University, Tom began his broadcasting career in Des Moines, Iowa. He joined the Action News 24 Team in 1995.
Tom wanted to be a TV weatherman from the time his parents bought him a weather station science kit for his sixth birthday. He began his first weather job in high school at age 16 and in the 1980s was a tornado chaser.
Tom moved to Erie in the late 1980s to live in an area that received a lot of snow. He and his wife, Jan, along with the “Snow Dog” Junebug, keep a close eye on area weather. He also teaches meteorology at the local Penn State University campus, the Behrend College. Tom has previously hosted several Holiday Vacations tours.
Join Tom, Jan and JET24/FOX66 viewers on this trip of a lifetime!
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.