Martha's Vineyard & the Southern CoastReference WW39050
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Arrive Boston’s Logan International Airport and travel south to Falmouth, on Cape Cod for the first night. This evening stroll Falmouth’s main street this evening and enjoy some of the local fare.(74mi /119km)
Today, take a tour of the Vineyard to see a variety of landscapes in the six independent towns whose separate histories form a composite tale of the island’s past. Tour “down-island”, the busy, fashionable eastern half of the Vineyard where Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and Vineyard Haven lure the rich and famous; and up-island, the sparsely populated and sleepy towns to the west. Aquinnah is known for its beautiful clay cliffs and quiet natural serenity and the beach is one of the few nude beaches left in the U.S.
There’s a variety of recreational activities available on the island. Go horseback riding on the beach at sunset. Look for sunken ships and lost schooners on a scuba excursion, golf, play tennis and relax. Or you may choose to take the ferry to neighboring Nantucket and stroll its cobblestone streets lined with quaint boutiques.
Embark on the ferry this morning for the return to the mainland. From Woods Hole travel to Newport via Plymouth, “America’s hometown”. See the Mayflower II, a full size replica of the original ship that carried Pilgrims to the New World, and Plymouth Rock, upon which the Pilgrims first stepped. Continue to the legendary resort town of Newport, filled with the opulence of an earlier period. Enjoy dinner along the harbor this evening. Overnight in downtown Newport for the next two nights.(95mi/153km)
Tour along Ocean Drive and “Millionaire’s Row” to view the summer cottages of the Gilded Age. Visit the Breakers or the Marble House, both owned by the Vanderbilt family. Newport’s charming Brick Marketplace and waterfront area are filled with shops and restaurants.
Depart Newport for Boston. Stretch your legs along the Freedom Trail to see the important sites from colonial and revolutionary periods. Visit Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church and tour the USS Constitution, America’s oldest commissioned ship. Then head back to Logan Airport, only 1 mile from the city center for the departure flight.(71mi/114km)