11 days departing BOSTON from

Style: Walking
Destination: USA East
Tour Code: PNE

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Trip Overview

This adventure through Northeastern USA lets you hike in the footsteps of history, exploring the twists, turns, valleys and peaks of America's oldest and most popular footpath, the Appalachian Trail! Explore the many mountain ranges of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts on our guided day hikes, including a visit to the highest peak in the Northeast - Mt. Washington. Autumn transforms the countryside to crimson and orange as we look out across the best preserved forests of New England. This tour is a nature lover and photographers paradise.

Included Highlights
  • Outstanding Appalachian Fall foliage (Sept-Oct)
  • Charming backroads and small towns of New England
  • Full days hiking in Green Mountains National Forest
  • Full days hiking in White Mountains National Forest
  • Two full days hiking in Baxter State Park
  • Enjoy striking vistas at Acadia National Park
  • Journey to Mount Katahdin
  • Two night stay on Mount Desert Island
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Walking tour on the Freedom Trail in Boston
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 9 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag). For your own tent request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals whilst camping included
Guided: Services of two professional tour leaders for maximum support and flexibility
Group size: Maximum 12
Age range: 18+
Wifi: Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users, restrictions apply)

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Download the Appalachian Trail Walk (Camping) trip dossier for tour-specific details including full itinerary, pre-departure information, packing tips and more about our style of travel.

2016 versions will be available in November. (Adobe Acrobat is required to read this pdf)

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change.

  • Visit the famous 'Cheers' bar - Boston US$FREE
  • White Mountains Cog Railway US$68
  • Sea kayaking - Acadia US$50

Itinerary Update

For 2016 departures the first 2 days in Green Mountains National Forest will be replaced by hiking from your base of Stowe with a day hike on the Worcester via Skyline Trail.

Day : 2016 departures only - Arrival day in Boston

Please note 2016 departures will be 11 days in duration including an additional night at the beginning of the tour. On this arrival day there will be a meeting at 18.00 with your tour leader and group. Fully updated itineraries and dossiers will be available from the end of October 2015.

All 2016 departure dates displayed online have been updated to reflect the inclusion of this arrival day.

Day 1: (2015 dates) Boston to Green Mountains National Forest

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.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 1: (2016 dates) Boston to Stowe

En route to the hotel you stop at the fully functional Sugarbush Farm to sample (with the opportunity to purchase) fresh cheeses and maple syrup. Next up, Stowe lies in a broad, fertile valley between Mount Mansfield and the peaks of the Green Mountains to the west, and the Worcester Range to the east. Stowe will be your base for the next two nights with your first day including a walking tour of Stowe with your tour leaders. The focus will be on charming Vermont Village, local crafts and cuisine. If you would prefer to hit a nearby trail you also have this option.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 2: (2015 dates) Green Mountains National Forest

"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 further off the beaten track. 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.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 2: (2016 dates) Stowe

Today you can stretch your legs on a full day (11.4 mile) hike on the Worcester via Skyline Trail. Wildlife is commonly spotted along the trail including moose and bear. This primitive yet sublime trail is rated as difficult, but as soon as you set foot on the trail, your efforts will quickly be rewarded with some of Vermont's most scenic views. The trail will lead you through mossy forest floors, rocky outcrops and miles and miles of pure, unadulterated hiking pleasure.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 3-4: White Mountains National Forest

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.

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.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 5-7: Baxter State Park

You travel from one of the most well-known 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 two-thirds 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.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 8-9: Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park

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.
Accommodation: Camping with meals included

Day 10: Acadia National Park to Boston

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. After a short walking tour of the Freedom Trail your journey together ends.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel in Boston at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Tour Notes

Please note you have the benefit of two walking leaders and we do our best to accommodate the group should there be various fitness abilities; please note this is not possible with point to point walks. Should you wish to try one of the alternative trails without a guide you will be suitably briefed in advance of what to expect and given meeting instructions.

New England's Fall foliage is legendary. During September and October the leaves turn from green to gold, crimson and orange, and it's the perfect time for hiking. We recommend booking early for these popular dates.

The trails advertised in this itinerary may be altered to suit weather and trail conditions, however we will do our best to ensure you follow the scheduled itinerary as much as possible, or exchanged with walks of a similar standard.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

Fall Foliage special departures

Fall Foliage Special Departures

New England's Fall foliage is legendary all across the world. During September and October the leaves turn from green to gold, crimson and orange. It's one of the most beautiful times of year to visit, and perfect for hiking and taking some unique photographs.

Book trips departing throughout September & October 2015 & 2016.

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Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own tent for every night of the tour. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 30 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Holiday Inn Bunker Hill

This hotel is ideally located between Cambridge and downtown Boston with easy access to public transportation and the airport.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

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At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

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Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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If you are spending extra time in our gateway cities, you can now plan in advance by pre-booking unique city sightseeing day tours in addition to your trip.

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All city day tours are operated by local experts who are dedicated to take you behind the scenes so you know it like a local! When booking your trip, simply select your chosen city tours from the Tour Extras section on the online booking form.

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