The Colors of New England

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Fall is a dynamic season: students return to school; the leaves change from their usual shades of green to a mixture of red, orange, yellow, and brown; and the dense heat and sticky humidity of summer are replaced by cool, Autumn breezes. But, despite the beautiful changes to the foliage, many people have difficulty finding time to get out and truly enjoy these seasonal trademarks. Thankfully for them, TakeTours.com makes booking fall getaways as easy and stress-free as sitting down to a warm slice of pumpkin pie and a mug of hot apple cider, so you can always find the perfect tour through the mountains and forests of New England for you and your family. Below, we have included a few tours that will immerse you in the beauty of Autumnal New England.

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Are There Really a Thousand Islands?

Thousand Islands sounds like it must be an exaggeration– there couldn’t really be one thousand islands in the area. And, in fact, there aren’t a thousand. There are actually 1,864.

The area known as the Thousand Islands Region stretches about 50 miles from Kingston, Ontario down the St. Lawrence River toward New York State. The islands run across the border between the United States and Canada, and contain 30 state or national parks as well as a national historic site.

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Tour Washington, DC on Presidential Inauguration Weekend!

Once every four years in Washington, DC – the United States of America inaugurates their President. President Barack Obama’s victory in the 2012 Presidential election earned the incumbent candidate another 4 years in office. The Inauguration on Monday, January 21st features an enormous parade, celebratory balls, and the official swearing-in of President Obama. The quad-annual event in 2009 was the largest event in the city’s history, attracting over 1.8 million people. This year, over 2 million people are expected to gather for the spectacle.

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New 9/11 Memorial to Open this Weekend at Ground Zero

World Trade Center Towers as they stood before September 11, 2001
World Trade Center Towers 1 and 2 as they stood before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. (Photo courtesy of {link url=}pinging{/link})

Where were you on 9/11?

It’s a question many people can easily answer, and one that has led many sightseeing tours of New York City to include “Ground Zero” on their itineraries (the space that was once occupied by the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center.) In fact, tourism began almost immediately after the stunning attacks on September 11, 2001, when onlookers came in masses to see the gaping spot where the Towers once stood, and to leave their own small remembrances nearby.

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Visit the Obamas on Martha’s Vineyard this Weekend!

President Obama and his family
The Obama family is currently visiting Martha’s Vineyard for a 10 day summer vacation (photo courtesy of {link url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Family_of_Barack_Obama.jpg}The White House Archives{/link})

He has been golfing. He has strolled the beach. He has purchased a few books at a local bookstore with his daughters. And, of course, he has been briefed every morning about the imminent fall of the Khaddafy regime over his bowl of Cheerios. (A vacation is never quite a vacation when you’re the President of the United States.)

But despite his recent fall in approval polls throughout the country, and the controversy over taking a vacation during these troubling economic times, President Obama and his family have shone some positive light on the charming little island of Martha’s Vineyard during their current stay, their third since he has been in office. News reports have showcased the quaint main streets, quiet beaches, impressive golf courses, and relative seclusion that are part of the ordinary landscape there, and have made “The Vineyard” (as locals call it) a popular destination for the rich and famous.

That’s right; for a few months a year, the island is often nicknamed “Hollywood East” for the sheer number if celebrities that flock to its shores. Look across from you at the farmer’s market or over your morning cup of coffee at the local breakfast joint and you might see the likes of Carly Simon, James Taylor, Spike Lee, Meg Ryan, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Woody Harrelson, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, or even former President Bill Clinton across the table from you. But they don’t want your attention. The Vineyard is the place where the famous come to be normal citizens. They don’t come to be “seen,” but rather to pass by unnoticed, left to enjoy their ice cream cones in peace.

The cliffs at Aquinnah in Martha's Vineyard
The gorgeous red cliffs at Aquinnah (photo courtesy of {link url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashleighb77/2830939263/}ashleighb{/link})

This laid-back vibe, coupled with family friendly restaurants, pleasant shops, and ample outdoor activities like hiking, biking and swimming make the island appealing to the budget conscious, as well. Many have discovered that, at only a short (and inexpensive) 45 minute ferry ride from the mainland, it makes a wonderful day trip. Because in a single day, you can easily hit the highlights of the island without feeling rushed. Stroll around the candy-colored Gingerbread Cottages in the Methodist Campground section of Oak Bluffs. Tour the grey-shingled and impressive whaling captains’ houses in Edgartown. Sample some of the delicious and fantastically popular chocolate in Chilmark. Throw back a pint or two at the iconic Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven (and buy the obligatory t-shirt on the way out.) And you’ll still have time to catch a breathtaking sunset over the cliffs at Aquinnah, which glow red in the waning light.

And if you go soon, you may even catch the Obamas while they’re still on the island. Here at TakeTours, we still have a few slots available for a 2 Day Martha’s Vineyard Tour or a 3 Day Essex, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard Tour that might allow you to catch a glimpse of the First Family during their summer holidays. Or you can simply wait until the summer hubbub is over, and enjoy your tour during September, when the days are still long and warm, and there’s a much lower chance of being disrupted by the Secret Service.