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New England Fall Foliage Roundtrip from Washington, DC

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Is there anything better than fall in New England when the summer crowds have returned home? Probably not. If you’re seeking autumnal tapestry, this roundtrip rail journey from Washington, D.C., will take you to two of the most beautiful cities for foliage viewing: Boston and Portland. Experience Massachusetts’ capital covered with brightly colored leaves of red and orange—a stunning sight to behold—on a Gray Line Fall Foliage Tour! Go apple picking, stroll along the freedom trail with its 16 historical sites, and explore Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord. Once in the vibrant coastal city of Portland, known as “New England’s Best Kept Secret,” you’ll take a Land and Sea Discovery expedition, where you may have the opportunity to whale watch! While the Old Port and the Arts District are phenomenal stops, don’t forget to try the seafood. It’s supposedly some of the best in the country. Nothing says fall quite like New England. For the best display of autumn colors, this roundtrip train vacation is your best bet!

Highlights

  • Hop-on, Hop-off sightseeing tour of Boston
  • Sightseeing tour of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord
  • Sightseeing tour of New England's Fall Foliage
  • Sightseeing tour of Portland, ME

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Washington, DC to Boston on the Northeast Regional®; Roundtrip Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Boston to Portland on the Downeaster®
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 1 meal (1 dinner)
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1 BOSTON
Board the train in Washington, DC for your trip to Boston. Once in Boston, check in at your hotel for a three-night stay. This historic coastal city is full of sights you won't want to miss. Begin to explore “Beantown” today on your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the city. Visit historic sites, like Paul Revere's House, the Boston Common, and the Old State House. Take a leisurely stroll through the gorgeous Public Garden and enjoy a swan boat ride. You'll also have the chance to see Boston's modern marvels, including Copley Square and the Boston Christian Science Center's magnificent reflecting pool. (Overnight in Boston)

DAY 2 BOSTON
Today you will relive history with a journey back in time to the Revolutionary War era as you follow the route of Paul Revere as he warned the countryside with his infamous cry of "the British are coming!" Travel along the famous Battle Road Trail and see the homes of renowned literary greats, like Hawthorne, Alcott, and Emerson in the charming town of Concord. Stand on Lexington Green, where Captain Jonathan Parker and 77 Minutemen fiercely stood their ground against 700 Redcoats. Visit the Old North Bridge, where the “shot heard round the world" was fired. Hang out in Harvard Yard and stroll through Cambridge Common, where George Washington took control of the Continental Army. Drive along "Tory Row" past the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Today is a history lover's dream come true! (Overnight in Boston)

DAY 3 BOSTON
Today, your Fall Foliage Tour awaits! Board the Gray Line motorcoach for a ride through a region awash in stunning seasonal colors. Sit back and relax as you travel past quiet ponds, ancient farms, weathered roadside taverns, and sturdy colonial churches, all of which are surrounded by the glorious red, orange, and yellow hues. Your pleasant afternoon of leaf peeping will be capped off with a stop at a native orchard for apples and cider. Tonight, enjoy dinner at one of Boston's most iconic restaurants! (Overnight in Boston) D

DAY 4 BOSTON > PORTLAND
Wake up this morning and travel on your own to Boston's South Station, where you will board Amtrak for a ride on the Downeaster to Portland. Say goodbye to “Beantown” as you travel north to Maine! The pubs, shops, and restaurants of downtown Portland are always buzzing with tourists, locals, and fishermen alike, creating a convivial atmosphere where everyone is welcomed. Portland's vibrant performing arts scene, amazing cuisine, and eclectic group of shops are all part of why locals call this city “New England's Best Kept Secret.” There's so much to do here—from food and wine festivals to trolley tours to art gallery exhibits—that you can easily spend an entire vacation in Portland. (Overnight in Portland)

DAY 5 PORTLAND
Explore Portland today on your Land and Sea Discovery Tour. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a 105-minute, fully-narrated excursion as your engaging and informative guides treat you to Portland's diverse history and hidden gems. The childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Victoria Mansion, and the bustling Old Port are just a few of the landmarks you'll see as you travel from Portland's city streets to its stunning rocky coast. Don't forget your camera, as you'll have some great photo ops at Portland Head Light, Maine's oldest lighthouse. (Overnight in Portland)

DAY 6 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN WASHINGTON, DC
Board the train this morning for your journey back to Washington, DC.

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Boston Park Plaza

Built in 1927, the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America. This grand hotel is adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world famous Newbury Street. Relax in the comfort and style of one of the 950 graciously appointed and distinctively decorated guestrooms and suites

Element Boston Seaport

Recharge at Element Boston Seaport, located in the thriving Seaport District and across the street from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and just 10 minutes from Boston Logan International Airport.

Fairmont Copley Plaza

The Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel has been a symbol of Boston's rich history and elegance since its gala opening in 1912. Steps away from Copley Place, the boutiques of Newbury Street and the Hynes Convention Center.
Each of the Boston luxury hotel's 383 guestrooms and suites is well appointed with lavish décor and thoughtful amenities.

Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown

Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown is centrally located in the South End of Boston and offers ease of access to popular areas of Boston- the Back Bay, Symphony, Longwood, Waterfront, South Boston, and Fenway Park.

Sheraton Boston Hotel

Nestled in charming and historic Back Bay, the Sheraton Boston Hotel is ideally situated for business and leisure travel. The Sheraton is close to the Financial District and businesses in Copley Square and one block from famed Newbury Street.The hotel is connected via an indoor walkway to the Hynes Convention Center and to two hundred shops at the Prudential Center and Copley Place Mall. Take in fantastic views from one of our 1,220 newly renovated guestrooms.

The Midtown Hotel

Centrally located in downtown Boston, The Midtown Hotel blends comfort and convenience with affordability. This moderately priced hotel, nestled in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, puts the city at your doorstep.

The Westin Portland Harborview

With a stay at The Westin Portland Harborview, you'll be centrally located in Portland, steps from Portland Stage and Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Children's Museum of Maine and McLellan-Sweat Mansion.

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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