Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/Vermont

On the Road: The Best of Fall in New England

Program No. 20031RJ
Discover classic New England as you photograph vibrant fall foliage, explore quaint villages, visit national parks and celebrate this region with a traditional Maine lobster feast.

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At a Glance

Journey the back roads and byways of New England to experience the best of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont during a fall foliage adventure through the region’s most picturesque countryside and into the history and culture at the foundation of Colonial America.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Climbing a few flights of stairs, standing for up to one hour, walking over paved and unpaved surfaces up to two miles over the course of the day.

What You'll Learn

  • Take an in-depth look at the ecology of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
  • Trace our nation's cultural history through the collections of American art at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and the Vermont History Museum.
  • Savor the tastes of New England with a culinary exploration of Portland, Maine and a lobster dinner.

General Notes

Please note the timing of the changing leaves varies annually and cannot be guaranteed. This program visits various northern and southern locations and the fall colors also vary geographically. Special note about the Grafton Inn: Rooms with two beds are reserved for our matched roommates with all other requests considered on a first come, first serve basis. Though all rooms are accessible by a flight of stairs, based on availability, a limited number of first floor or elevator-accessible rooms may be requested for those with mobility issues. All special requests must notify Road Scholar in advance.
Featured Expert
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Chris Lewey
Chris Lewey, executive director and founder of RAVEN Interpretive Programs, holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from Antioch University and attended Maharishi European Research University in France. He has taught ornithology for the National Audubon Society at their Hog Island ecology camp on the coast of Maine, where he was the director of their Joy of Birding and Breaking into Birding programs. A native New Englander and licensed Maine Guide, he has taught biology, ecology, and ornithology in both New Hampshire and Maine.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Chris Lewey, executive director and founder of RAVEN Interpretive Programs, holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from Antioch University and attended Maharishi European Research University in France. He has taught ornithology for the National Audubon Society at their Hog Island ecology camp on the coast of Maine, where he was the director of their Joy of Birding and Breaking into Birding programs. A native New Englander and licensed Maine Guide, he has taught biology, ecology, and ornithology in both New Hampshire and Maine.
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Jim McAllister is a Salem historian, photographer, author and teacher, and serves as a historic consultant to the City of Salem and the Hawthorne Hotel. A graduate of Stonehill College, his photographs of Salem have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of “Salem: From Naumkeag to Witch City” and co-author of “Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City.” Jim has appeared on both the “History Channel” and “Home and Garden TV.”
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Mike Fowler is a natural born teacher. He was a teacher of history and geography for more than 18 years. His love of travel and teaching led him to leave regular classroom teaching to escort and lead the young and young at heart on journeys throughout the world. Mike is excited to share in Road Scholar learning adventures in Florida and experience the dynamic culture, people, and history. He also leads Road Scholar groups in Cuba.
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Meals
26 Meals
10 Breakfasts
8 Lunches
8 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Salt
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Oct 14, 2024 - Oct 24, 2024
  • Oct 14, 2024 - Oct 24, 2024
  • Sep 16, 2024 - Sep 26, 2024
  • Sep 23, 2024 - Oct 03, 2024
  • Sep 30, 2024 - Oct 10, 2024
  • Oct 07, 2024 - Oct 17, 2024
  • Oct 14, 2024 - Oct 24, 2024
2 nights
Boston
Experience the excitement of the city at Hyatt Regency Boston. Just one block from the Boston Common and within walking distance of attractions, shopping and theaters, our downtown Boston hotel is ideal for leisure or business. Tour the Freedom Trail, shop at Faneuil Hall, visit museums, or catch a game at Fenway Park. Delight in this newly renovated Boston Commons hotel – just steps from Chinatown and connected to the T. Rejuvenate your body and spirit in our spa, sauna, Eucalyptus steam room, pool, sun terrace and lounge. The first Boston member of the Green Hotels Association, our award-winning accommodations are eco-, family- and pet-friendly. Contemporary-style rooms, delicious dining and more await you at this luxurious Hyatt hotel in downtown Boston.
2 nights
Ogunquit
No description
2 nights
Bartlett
The Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash is a modern ski resort nestled at the very base of Attitash mountain. It boasts the areas only ski-in ski-out access and offers incredible views of the Mt. Washington Valley.
2 nights
Burlington
The Courtyard Burlington Harbor is located just steps away from Lake Champlain, Burlington Town Center, and the Church Street Marketplace
2 nights
Grafton
The Grafton Inn is one of the oldest operating inns in America, having opened its doors in 1801. Some of the most notable guest to visit they inn were, Ulysses S. Grant who came to the Inn on December 19, 1867, while campaigning for his first term as President,Daniel Webster, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Ralph Waldo Emerson. **There are limited number of rooms with 2 beds at the Grafton Inn; therefore, we cannot guarantee 2 bed room requests but will give priority to match roommates.** It is part of the Historic Hotels of America. Located in the lovely village of Grafton, Vermont, the inn is part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation which is dedicated to preserving the vitality of Vermont's rural communities. A stay at the inn will help to fund the Foundation's many philanthropic programs. The Grafton Inn is famous for its imaginative cuisine, thoughtfully prepared with fresh locally sourced food and exploding with flavor. The Grafton Inn restaurant is part of the Vermont Fresh Network and dedicated to using as many local products as possible. They are working on making the inn fully green, constantly evolving and growing to provide guests with the best service possible, while keeping true to their roots and to Vermont. Hotel has several buildings and not every room is the same as one another.
2 nights
Boston
Experience the excitement of the city at Hyatt Regency Boston. Just one block from the Boston Common and within walking distance of attractions, shopping and theaters, our downtown Boston hotel is ideal for leisure or business. Tour the Freedom Trail, shop at Faneuil Hall, visit museums, or catch a game at Fenway Park. Delight in this newly renovated Boston Commons hotel – just steps from Chinatown and connected to the T. Rejuvenate your body and spirit in our spa, sauna, Eucalyptus steam room, pool, sun terrace and lounge. The first Boston member of the Green Hotels Association, our award-winning accommodations are eco-, family- and pet-friendly. Contemporary-style rooms, delicious dining and more await you at this luxurious Hyatt hotel in downtown Boston.
2 nights
Ogunquit
No description
2 nights
Bartlett
The Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash is a modern ski resort nestled at the very base of Attitash mountain. It boasts the areas only ski-in ski-out access and offers incredible views of the Mt. Washington Valley.
2 nights
Burlington
The Courtyard Burlington Harbor is located just steps away from Lake Champlain, Burlington Town Center, and the Church Street Marketplace
2 nights
Grafton
The Grafton Inn is one of the oldest operating inns in America, having opened its doors in 1801. Some of the most notable guest to visit they inn were, Ulysses S. Grant who came to the Inn on December 19, 1867, while campaigning for his first term as President,Daniel Webster, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Ralph Waldo Emerson. **There are limited number of rooms with 2 beds at the Grafton Inn; therefore, we cannot guarantee 2 bed room requests but will give priority to match roommates.** It is part of the Historic Hotels of America. Located in the lovely village of Grafton, Vermont, the inn is part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation which is dedicated to preserving the vitality of Vermont's rural communities. A stay at the inn will help to fund the Foundation's many philanthropic programs. The Grafton Inn is famous for its imaginative cuisine, thoughtfully prepared with fresh locally sourced food and exploding with flavor. The Grafton Inn restaurant is part of the Vermont Fresh Network and dedicated to using as many local products as possible. They are working on making the inn fully green, constantly evolving and growing to provide guests with the best service possible, while keeping true to their roots and to Vermont. Hotel has several buildings and not every room is the same as one another.
2 nights
Boston
Experience the excitement of the city at Hyatt Regency Boston. Just one block from the Boston Common and within walking distance of attractions, shopping and theaters, our downtown Boston hotel is ideal for leisure or business. Tour the Freedom Trail, shop at Faneuil Hall, visit museums, or catch a game at Fenway Park. Delight in this newly renovated Boston Commons hotel – just steps from Chinatown and connected to the T. Rejuvenate your body and spirit in our spa, sauna, Eucalyptus steam room, pool, sun terrace and lounge. The first Boston member of the Green Hotels Association, our award-winning accommodations are eco-, family- and pet-friendly. Contemporary-style rooms, delicious dining and more await you at this luxurious Hyatt hotel in downtown Boston.
2 nights
Ogunquit
No description
2 nights
Bartlett
The Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash is a modern ski resort nestled at the very base of Attitash mountain. It boasts the areas only ski-in ski-out access and offers incredible views of the Mt. Washington Valley.
2 nights
Burlington
The Courtyard Burlington Harbor is located just steps away from Lake Champlain, Burlington Town Center, and the Church Street Marketplace
2 nights
Grafton
The Grafton Inn is one of the oldest operating inns in America, having opened its doors in 1801. Some of the most notable guest to visit they inn were, Ulysses S. Grant who came to the Inn on December 19, 1867, while campaigning for his first term as President,Daniel Webster, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Ralph Waldo Emerson. **There are limited number of rooms with 2 beds at the Grafton Inn; therefore, we cannot guarantee 2 bed room requests but will give priority to match roommates.** It is part of the Historic Hotels of America. Located in the lovely village of Grafton, Vermont, the inn is part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation which is dedicated to preserving the vitality of Vermont's rural communities. A stay at the inn will help to fund the Foundation's many philanthropic programs. The Grafton Inn is famous for its imaginative cuisine, thoughtfully prepared with fresh locally sourced food and exploding with flavor. The Grafton Inn restaurant is part of the Vermont Fresh Network and dedicated to using as many local products as possible. They are working on making the inn fully green, constantly evolving and growing to provide guests with the best service possible, while keeping true to their roots and to Vermont. Hotel has several buildings and not every room is the same as one another.
2 nights
Boston
Experience the excitement of the city at Hyatt Regency Boston. Just one block from the Boston Common and within walking distance of attractions, shopping and theaters, our downtown Boston hotel is ideal for leisure or business. Tour the Freedom Trail, shop at Faneuil Hall, visit museums, or catch a game at Fenway Park. Delight in this newly renovated Boston Commons hotel – just steps from Chinatown and connected to the T. Rejuvenate your body and spirit in our spa, sauna, Eucalyptus steam room, pool, sun terrace and lounge. The first Boston member of the Green Hotels Association, our award-winning accommodations are eco-, family- and pet-friendly. Contemporary-style rooms, delicious dining and more await you at this luxurious Hyatt hotel in downtown Boston.
2 nights
Ogunquit
No description
2 nights
Bartlett
The Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash is a modern ski resort nestled at the very base of Attitash mountain. It boasts the areas only ski-in ski-out access and offers incredible views of the Mt. Washington Valley.
2 nights
Burlington
The Courtyard Burlington Harbor is located just steps away from Lake Champlain, Burlington Town Center, and the Church Street Marketplace
2 nights
Grafton
The Grafton Inn is one of the oldest operating inns in America, having opened its doors in 1801. Some of the most notable guest to visit they inn were, Ulysses S. Grant who came to the Inn on December 19, 1867, while campaigning for his first term as President,Daniel Webster, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Ralph Waldo Emerson. **There are limited number of rooms with 2 beds at the Grafton Inn; therefore, we cannot guarantee 2 bed room requests but will give priority to match roommates.** It is part of the Historic Hotels of America. Located in the lovely village of Grafton, Vermont, the inn is part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation which is dedicated to preserving the vitality of Vermont's rural communities. A stay at the inn will help to fund the Foundation's many philanthropic programs. The Grafton Inn is famous for its imaginative cuisine, thoughtfully prepared with fresh locally sourced food and exploding with flavor. The Grafton Inn restaurant is part of the Vermont Fresh Network and dedicated to using as many local products as possible. They are working on making the inn fully green, constantly evolving and growing to provide guests with the best service possible, while keeping true to their roots and to Vermont. Hotel has several buildings and not every room is the same as one another.
2 nights
Boston
Experience the excitement of the city at Hyatt Regency Boston. Just one block from the Boston Common and within walking distance of attractions, shopping and theaters, our downtown Boston hotel is ideal for leisure or business. Tour the Freedom Trail, shop at Faneuil Hall, visit museums, or catch a game at Fenway Park. Delight in this newly renovated Boston Commons hotel – just steps from Chinatown and connected to the T. Rejuvenate your body and spirit in our spa, sauna, Eucalyptus steam room, pool, sun terrace and lounge. The first Boston member of the Green Hotels Association, our award-winning accommodations are eco-, family- and pet-friendly. Contemporary-style rooms, delicious dining and more await you at this luxurious Hyatt hotel in downtown Boston.
2 nights
Ogunquit
No description
2 nights
Bartlett
The Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash is a modern ski resort nestled at the very base of Attitash mountain. It boasts the areas only ski-in ski-out access and offers incredible views of the Mt. Washington Valley.
2 nights
Burlington
The Courtyard Burlington Harbor is located just steps away from Lake Champlain, Burlington Town Center, and the Church Street Marketplace
2 nights
Grafton
The Grafton Inn is one of the oldest operating inns in America, having opened its doors in 1801. Some of the most notable guest to visit they inn were, Ulysses S. Grant who came to the Inn on December 19, 1867, while campaigning for his first term as President,Daniel Webster, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Ralph Waldo Emerson. **There are limited number of rooms with 2 beds at the Grafton Inn; therefore, we cannot guarantee 2 bed room requests but will give priority to match roommates.** It is part of the Historic Hotels of America. Located in the lovely village of Grafton, Vermont, the inn is part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation which is dedicated to preserving the vitality of Vermont's rural communities. A stay at the inn will help to fund the Foundation's many philanthropic programs. The Grafton Inn is famous for its imaginative cuisine, thoughtfully prepared with fresh locally sourced food and exploding with flavor. The Grafton Inn restaurant is part of the Vermont Fresh Network and dedicated to using as many local products as possible. They are working on making the inn fully green, constantly evolving and growing to provide guests with the best service possible, while keeping true to their roots and to Vermont. Hotel has several buildings and not every room is the same as one another.





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