Depart from Boston or Quincy in the morning, continuing via shared transportation to your first stop in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This historic coastal village is renowned for its linkage with the Pilgrims, who founded one of the continents’ first European colonies in the 17th century.
Admire the charming architecture of Plymouth’s recreated 17th-century farming and fishing village, stopping by the Plimouth Grist Mill, a water-powered corn grinding mill that dates to 1636. You’ll also have time to visit the famous Plymouth Rock and check out the Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the historic Pilgrim sailing ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620.
Continue your day by crossing the border into nearby Rhode Island as you head to historic Newport to visit the Breakers Mansion. This luxurious estate offers a great example of the extravagant homes built by wealthy families like the Vanderbilts in the late 19th century. Explore the mansion’s 45-foot (13-meter) high central Great Hall and its beautiful French- and Italian-influenced interior design, much of which was created and assembled in Europe before being shipped to the United States.
At the conclusion of your visit to Newport, you’ll proceed back to your starting point in either Quincy or Boston to end the day.
Please note: all site admission fees are at the visitor’s expense