One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Providence is the capital of Rhode Island. Voted One of America's Favorite cities by a well-known travel magazine, Providence's small size masks a wealth of culture in the form of art galleries, fine dining establishments and esteemed institutes of higher learning. With its well preserved architecture from the 17-19th centuries, to its historic churches, Providence offers visitors glimpses of the past and future.
A major 18th-century port city, Newport, Rhode Island has the highest concentration of colonial buildings in the United States. However, the town is best known for being the summer resort of the newly rich American millionaires from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century. This Gilded Age was often expressed with sumptuous mansions called "cottages".
Choices on Tour TS# 61 New England
Explore stunning Marble House built by Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt and modeled after the Petit Trianon at Versailles OR tour Rosecliff, the opulent former residence of silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs known for her lavish parties. Cruise the Atlantic 's waters on a whale-watching excursion to Cape Cod Bay. From sightings of Fin whales to humpbacks, this exhilarating and educational voyage brings you an up close and personal perspective of these magnificent creatures. You 'll also get the chance to see the North Atlantic right whale in Cape Cod Bay - a vital breeding ground for this extremely rare species. OR entrench yourself in the Cape 's natural beauty on a tour through one of New England 's most remarkable natural wonders, the sand dunes. Adventure through these sweeping dunes that trail alongside the coast and stretch as far as the eye can see.
As the site of the famous "tea party," Boston is known for its sense of independence. Founded in the 1630s as a city in one of the original 13 colonies, Boston has a long history from the War of Independence and America's struggle to freedom from British rule. Famed sites include the Old North Church made famous by Paul Revere, Faneuil Hall, the "Make Way for Ducklings" statues and the USS Constitution or Old Ironsides.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Visit the “Cradle of Liberty” and learn of Faneuil Hall 's pivotal role in placing Boston on the map as a bastion of revolutionary free thought. After acquainting yourself with the city 's history, see how this meeting hall and three other nearby historic buildings have been transformed into shops, eateries and cafes.
Bogs, or marshes, are beds of low lying vines layered with sand, peat, gravel and clay. Originally formed as a result of glacial deposits, undamaged cranberry vines may survive indefinitely. Cranberries grow in the northern region of the U.S. with some vines being over 100 years old.
Dedicated to the re-creation of the 17th-century Plymouth Colony settlement, Plimoth Plantation allows visitors to step back in time. In a setting of timber framed houses view this farming/maritime community while speaking to costumed interpreters about the challenges of colonization.
Cape Cod, MA
Just south of the metropolis of Boston lies a island with 300 miles of shoreline characterized with quaint villages, sand dunes and bicycle trails. Cape Cod has become a popular escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Join a tradition of artists and industrialists who revered the Cape for its beautiful sunsets, natural preserves and fresh seafood.
Martha's Vineyard, MA
A small island south of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard was settled by the English in the 1640s. Today the island is marked with 18th-century homes, gingerbread cottages, beaches and lighthouses. Enjoy lobster rolls or homemade ice cream while shopping for souvenirs, such as scrimshaw, in the island's boutiques.
When the first European settlers reached North America, lobsters would reportedly wash up on shore in piles up to two feet high. Routinely fed to prisoners, slaves, apprentices and children during the Colonial era and beyond, lobster became known as the poor man's protein. Considered a delicacy by WW II, American lobsters (or Maine lobsters) can grow up to 40 lbs (18 kg) and be 3 feet long (91 cm).
Before Plymouth, the Pilgrims explored this land on the tip of Cape Cod. Already known when they arrived for its abundance of codfish, Provincetown has developed into summer resort well renowned for its individual artistic expression. A small village holds fine dining, quaint shops and small art galleries.
The commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod, many refer to Hyannis as the "Capital of the Cape". Due to its large harbor, Hyannis is popular for both recreational boating and commercial fishing. Many Americans associate the town with the nearby Kennedy compound and its political dynasty.
Glacially formed, 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, this half-moon-shaped island takes its name from a Native American word meaning "far away place". Nantucket was a whale hunting center during the 1830s-1840s. Somewhat decimated by the decreased whaling industry, Nantucket has emerged as a popular art and summer resort as well as a home for wealthy Northeasterners.
New England 's miles of sandy beaches, majestic coasts, and rolling surf invite relaxation. The Islands of New England tour spends days exploring New England 's charms, from the cobblestone streets of Nantucket to a dry harvest cranberry bog. Step back in time at Plimoth Plantation to sample traditional recipes from that period, learn some Pilgrim etiquette and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast where you 'll learn to “eat like a Pilgrim.” In Provincetown, the choice is yours - set out on a whale watch cruise -OR- embark on a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes of the Cape. Visit Boston and Providence, the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, the lively artist colony of Provincetown, and the beautiful islands of Martha 's Vineyard and Nantucket. Complete your New England experience as you indulge in a traditional seafood and lobster feast.