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Celebrate the 4th of July in Boston and relax oceanside in Bar Harbor


Celebrate America’s Independence Day where it all began! Feel the power in the words of the Declaration of Independence as it’s read from the balcony of the Old State House. American Revolutionary history unfolds at Minute Man National Historic Park and witchcraft is revealed in Salem. Spectacular coastal views, lumberjacks, lobsters, the JFK Museum, 4th of July fireworks in Boston – it’s all here!

  • A scenic tour of Acadia National Park
  • Experience a traditional Maine Lobster Bake
  • July 4th Fireworks over the Charles River
  • Go in search of witches in Salem
  • Tour Boston, MIT, & Harvard Yard
  • Visit the JFK Presidential Library


Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Land in Boston in the early evening. Dine at the oldest continually operated restaurant in the country, and local favorite, the Union Oyster House. Your conveniently located hotel is just north of the city in Woburn, allowing easy access to neighboring attractions. Hilton Hotel – 3 nights (D)

Apple PieDay 2

The story of America’s independence comes alive in Lexington at Minute Man National Historic Park. Stand on the North Bridge in Concord where colonists first fired on the British Army. At the historic Colonial Inn, try traditional Yankee Pot Roast or Chicken Pot Pie. The inn has entertained renowned authors such as Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. In Salem gain a deeper understanding of how fear and fanaticism combined to create an environment of suspicion and mass hysteria, resulting in the infamous 1692 Witch Trials. Visit famous landmarks in the area with shopping time to gather all your magical potions! (FB,L)

Fourth of JulyDay 3

Happy 4th of July! Relive history while standing on original cobblestone streets as the Declaration of Independence is read aloud. You will swell with patriotic pride! Tour “Bean Town,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard Yard ending at Fanueil Hall and Quincy Marketplace. Try New England fare with a lobster roll or bacon-wrapped scallops for lunch. Afterwards, visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a fantastic place dedicated to a beloved fallen American president. Tonight, after a casual dinner, fireworks light up the sky over Boston Harbor! (FB,D)

Day 4

Travel north along Maine’s pristine coast to Kennebunkport for a guided tour. Choose from one of the many restaurants at Dock Square for lunch before passing by the Bush Family Compound at Walker’s Point. You’ll know it by the line of black SUVs standing guard. Dine at your hotel this evening, an Italian dinner prepared by a classically trained chef. After dinner, you’re already home to relax and fall asleep to the sound of the waterfalls just outside your window! Hilton Garden Inn – Auburn Riverwatch (FB,D)

Bar HarbourDay 5

Stop at the state capitol in Augusta before continuing north towards Bar Harbor. In scenic Camden browse waterfront cafés and shops and take in sweeping views of Penobscot Bay atop Mt. Battie in Camden State Park. During a guided tour at a lobster hatchery, learn all things “lobstah” upon arrival at Bar Harbor. After a traditional Maine Lobster Bake for dinner, kick back and relax on the balcony of your oceanview room. Atlantic Oceanside Hotel – 2 nights (FB,D)

Day 6

Grab your camera for Acadia National Park, in order to capture its stone bridges, lakes, ponds and stunning coastline from the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Once a playground of the elite, hear stories of famous residents and visitors. In town, shop and grab a bite to eat before a sightseeing cruise on Frenchman Bay as the captain explains the local industry. After dinner, attend “The Olympics of the Forest,” a lumberjack logging show full of brawn and laughter. (B,D)

Day 7

Following the coast, travel south to Freeport, home of L.L. Bean. Made famous by its all-weather boots and stylish outerwear, you’ll find the perfect gift for that outdoorsy person in your life… or yourself! Return to Boston for your flight home. (B)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


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