Scot from our Sales team took our 2014 tour, visiting the states of Massachusetts and Vermont, and the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls.
Seeing Niagara Falls for the first time is just incredible. There are few moments in life that make your jaw drop but trust me, this was one of them. The area surrounding the hotel is popular with tourists, so there’s lots of fun to be had, and I would recommend going on the Sky Wheel to get some great views of the falls.
From our arrival in North America our tour rep Mary Ann made us all feel very welcome. Her energy and excitement were infectious!
As the queues were already building at 7am to get through immigration, our wonderful driver Iona’s plan to get an early start was a good idea. We were soon on our way to Marlborough, just outside Boston, and during the drive we saw spectacular scenery – a range of colours on the trees I think you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world. We hadn’t even got to the best part of the foliage yet, which was to come in the next few days! After a day of travel we got to the hotel around 6.30pm for a restful evening.
Off to Boston today. On arrival we met Geoff, a brilliant guide who gave us a detailed walking tour of the city. It’s probably North America’s most ‘walkable’ city and one of the oldest at that – steeped in history, with great shops and all set around the beautiful Public Garden.
Another busy but fun day. A packed itinerary took us off to Hyannis, Cape Cod and Plimoth Plantation. Hyannis (family home to the Kennedys) was a lovely little town. Mary Ann’s excellent suggestion was the JFK Museum, where the family pictures and movies really showed the man behind the myth.
Afterwards it was a short drive to the JFK memorial in Cape Cod. You can’t help but feel a tinge of regret for what he could’ve achieved. From there it was on to the Plimoth Plantation, where the incredibly authentic Native American and Pilgrim villages left me in awe of what they must’ve gone through in 1670.
The Quechee Gorge is Vermont’s deepest gorge. There are gorgeous views – and I can recommend the store next door for authentic home-made maple syrup. (I got 2 bottles!!)
We continued to Woodstock, Vermont, which was a quaint little town – pure rustic Americana with old fashioned shops and wooden bridges.
We visited the Vermont Country Store in Battleboro, an old-fashioned general store selling pretty much every sort of nick-nack you could think of. Then, at our hotel – The Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield – dinner was quite possibly the best cod (New England Cod) I’ve had in my life!
During the day, we took the best routes to see the best views of the foliage. The colours and scenery were truly stunning.
Back to Niagara Falls today. Iona got us there in great time so we had some time to really explore Niagara at night. A bonus was seeing the spectacular Columbus Day weekend firework display over the falls.
Our last day. I was nervous but excited before I took the optional flight over Niagara in a helicopter, but I’m so glad I did it. The views from up there were phenomenal, plus we had a lovely sunny day so we could see for miles. I’m not great with heights but I would recommend this to anyone.
We also had an optional lunch booked at the Sheraton Hotel, where there are more stunning views over the falls. After an hour of free time, we boarded the coach back to Toronto Airport for our flight home.
This wonderful trip was made all the better by an amazing tour guide, Mary-Ann and our wonderful driver Iona. I would thoroughly recommend it!