If you are like me, by the end of summer in Florida, you are looking forward to a change in weather and scenery.
Following are a few suggestions to give you a happy ending to the summer.
. Historic Highlights is a tour that arrives in Washington, D.C., where you will be escorted on your bus tour through the Washington highlights and some of the most famous landmarks, including the White House and the U.S. Capitol. A tour of Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington and Yorktown, where the British Army was finally defeated, will fill your third day on this tour. The other five days are spent in visiting Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello/Shenandoah National Park, Gettysburg and Amish country in Pennsylvania. This tour runs until the middle of October.
. Autumn Colors is exactly as it sounds: full of flaming color from the wonderful leaves that dress the trees.
This tour begins in Boston and travels through Portsmouth, N. H. and along the scenic shoreline of Maine. While in Maine, you will enjoy a traditional lobster bake. They will give you large bibs, so enjoy.
The third day will bring one of the best views of the colorful trees as you travel through Acadia National Park. Its wooded roads offer views of quiet ponds and rocky beaches (too cold to use them for swimming at this time of year).
This tour will also take you on a trip through Killington, Vt. Lake Placid, N.Y. and Springfield, Mass., before returning to Boston. This tour runs until the middle of October and it will give you the most views of the northeast during the fall. I highly suggest going by the second week of October, so as not to lose out on autumn's spectacular palette.
If you have already seen these United States options during the fall, you might turn your thoughts to the eastern coast of Canada.
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island give you some of the most quaint views of the northeastern coast.
This tour goes to Halifax, Sherbrooke Village, and Prince Edward Island.
Prince Edward Island National Park's drive, with its' red sandstone cliffs and windswept beaches, will leave you in awe. I could not believe the views from this point. I have never seen so many stars at one time as when we were there in the evening.
A lobster cruise, on Shediac Bay will be one of the highlights of this trip. Bring your appetite. The last date for this tour is in late September. If you go later, you may have snow instead of colorful views.
. Best of Eastern Canada includes the sights and sounds of Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. The cruise on the Maid of the Mist will be slightly damp, but you are given the proper gear to use while there. The roar of the falls makes all else seem insignificant. Some of the places you will visit on this escorted tour will also be Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa.
Because of the weather, you can take this tour through the end of September and beat old man winter.
Relax with others on these Brendan-escorted tours and be rested and ready for the holiday season.
Rosemarie Mascarenhas is a travel consultant with Gadabout Travel in Sebastian. Call (772) 589-0633. Visit www.cruisetraveltours.com or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gadabout Travel also has an office in Melbourne. Call (321) 253-3674.