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Arrive in Boston, a city which played a key role in the American Revolution. There will be welcome meeting at 6.00pm tonight for you to meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions.
Visit to Sugar Bush Farms before arriving in Stowe; relax by river or explore the area.
After leaving Boston, you make your way towards the famous Appalachian Trail. Take in incredible views as you stroll along the wooded paths of the Berkshires that once inspired the famous American authors, Melville and Hawthorne. Today you’ll walk the Hopper Trail which is a moderate to strenuous hike following the blue blazes to the summit of Mount Greylock. This is a point to point walk where you are met at the other end and driven into the foothills of the Green Mountains for an evening around the campfire - topping off an exciting first day. There are multiple marked and well signposted trails in the areas you travel to on this tour and you have the opportunity hike trails noted for their natural beauty ranging in difficulty and scenery. Possible hiking options: Moderate to strenuous: Mount Greylock | 2.7km/1-3hrs | 150m
Head to Worcester via Skyline Trail. Moose are commonly spotted on this primitive yet sublime trail.
'The Greens', as local hikers sometime refer to this small mountain range, are a perfect warm up for the hikes over the following 9 days. Today you can choose from various short walks in the wooded valleys such as in Woodford or Molly State Parks. However, if you want to hike a longer trail the leader will take you on The Long Trail/Appalachian Trail. You follow a wilderness path that runs around and through the ridge of Mount Glastonbury of the Green Mountains near Bennington. Rated as a moderate hike it starts with a steep ascent up a series of stone steps. After 1/2 mile, the trail levels out, and continues through a combination of thick forest and open meadows. At its 2,325 foot summit, you will find views of the Bennington Monument, the Taconic Range, and Mount Anthony. The views are rewarding and you can walk at your own pace. Possible hiking options: Moderate to strenuous: Bald Mountain Trail | 7.2miles/3hrs
Walk the backbone of the northern Appalachians. Many of the trails are above the treeline offering wonderful views of this impressive range. Rated as one of the best hikes in New England, the Franconia Ridge hike is renowned for its stunning scenery.
En route to camp you stop at the fully functional Sugarbush farms to sample and opt to buy the fresh cheeses and maple syrup. You will walk the ‘backbone’ of the northern Appalachians, the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Many of the trails here are above the timberline offering wonderful views of this impressive range. On arrival you’ll delve straight in to the beauty of this area with a planned hike to Lonesome Lake. Most of the trail is tree covered so will be shaded from the sun. The trail leads to the southern end of Lonesome Lake with an additional half mile to an Appalachian Mountain hut with the possibility of extending. Possible hiking options: Moderate to strenuous: Lonesome Lake | 4.8km/3 hrs | 300m Strenuous: Walking in the Presidential Range | Trail options vary as does duration to cater for differing fitness levels.
Another day in the White Mountains.
Today you have the opportunity to enjoy the Franconia Ridge Hike that starts right at your campsite. Rated as one of the best hikes in New England, you’ll get to scale three peaks (Little Haystack, Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette) all of which offer spectacular views. This area is known to hikers all over the world, both for its stunning scenery and constantly changing weather. Challenge the elements here or catch the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, which began operation in 1938 and was the first passenger aerial tramway in North America. From the top there are panoramic views of three states, so it is mostly definitely worth a trip.
Drive to Baxter State Park.
You travel from one of the most wellknown segments of the Appalachian Trail, to the most pristine. Baxter State Park is home to Mount Katahdin, the finishing point of the 2200 miles long Appalachian Trail. Wander and enjoy the largest and most remote wilderness in the eastern United States. Here you can truly ‘get away from it all’ on footpaths that wind through undisturbed forest and along the crystal-clear lakes and streams of northern Maine. Keep both eyes and ears open for the chance meeting with some of the wildlife that abounds here. This tranquil wilderness is virtually untouched since the days of the first settlers, over three hundred years ago. As you pause to reflect on the solitude of this beautiful place, it is quite impossible to imagine that twothirds of America’s population lives within a day’s drive. There are two options with varying difficulty; the first is Mt. Katahdin / Baxter Peak which is a strenuous hike with more than 4,150 ft. elevation gain and taking approximately 10 hours. The rewarding views on this trail are some of the finest in New England however, should only be attempted by those fit enough. The second option is to Daicey and Kidney Pond, an easy to moderate walk with little to no elevation difference. This is a nature trail with the Appalachian Trail running through a section of it. Canoes can be rented after a couple of miles or why not simply sit back and admire the views. Possible hiking options: Easy: Sandy Stream Pond Trail | 4.5km loop/1-3hrs | minimal elevation gain Easy: Little Abol Falls Trail | 2.6km round-trip/1-3hrs | 107m Easy to moderate: Katahdin Stream Falls | 3.9km/1-3hrs | 183m Easy to moderate: Daicey & Kidney Pond | 3.2km/2hrs | little to no elevation gain Strenuous: Mt. Katahdin/Baxter Peak | 15km round-trip/10 hrs | 1,264m
Trek to Mt Katahdin/Baxter Peak.
First day of hiking in Baxter State Park.
Short nature trail; optional float plane flight.
Second day hiking in Baxter State Park.
Visit Mount Desert Island - Acadia N.P.; walk the Ocean Path Trail.
Continue your journey by visiting the incredible Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Acadia National Park is simply one of the most beautiful and magical natural places on the North American continent. Blessed with towering mountains, islands and ocean it creates a unique sensory splendour that has become the crown and glory of Maine. Towns such as Bar Harbor blend with Acadia National Park land creating a unique blend of pristine landscapes. Rocky coastlines, granite mountains, lakes, moss, rolling waves and an abundance of wildlife all make for an incredible couple of days. Of course the reason Acadia National Park has built such an incredible reputation for itself is due to the sheer volume of walking trails. Acadia National Park has about 125 miles of hiking trails which are often interconnected and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Add to this the famous Carriage Roads and you have a wide selection of enjoyable hiking options. In the afternoon you hike an easy / moderate trail but one of the best in the area. The unsurpassed scenic Ocean Path walking trail meanders in a southerly direction along the eastern shore of Mount Desert Island until it arrives at Otter Cliff and Otter Point with numerous points to stop for the perfect picture. For those not wanting to trek today you can try one of the optional excursions this area is so well known for such as sea kayaking or deep sea fishing. The following day you walk one of Acadia’s most beautiful hiking trails, the Acadia Mountain Trail. The walk is moderate / strenuous with a tough scramble up to some spectacular views of the Somes Sound, the ocean, Echo Lake, Gulf of Maine, Cranberry Isles and surrounding mountains. Possible hiking options: Easy to moderate: Ocean Path Walking Trail | 6.4km/4hrs | little to no elevation gain Moderate: Acadia Mountain Trail | 4km round-trip/4 hrs | 207m
Walk along the Acadia Mountain Trail.
Second day hiking in Acadia National Park.
Drive to Boston; End.
From Acadia National Park you continue your journey onto Boston through some beautiful and changeable scenery. Boston - the capital of the State of Massachusetts was founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists, it has been in the forefront of American history and in particular the country’s fight for independence. Events like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party played pivotal roles in that struggle and have become part of American Folklore. If there is time, enjoy a short walking tour of the Freedom Trail before your journey together ends. This tour ends at our gateway hotel in Boston at approximately 5.00pm. We can book your post-tour accommodation if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9.00pm.