Vacations To Go

Barb's Great Adventure

Day 1 Saturday June 16th  
Everyone:      
6:10 a.m. Depart: Spokane  
  Do: Southwest Flight 3471
Confirmation # JMVWNK- Katie, JNMD9P-Barb
 
8:15 a.m. Arrive: Oakland  
11:10 a.m. Depart: Oakland  
  Do: Southwest Flight 5480  
7:25 p.m. Arrive: Orlando  
3:00 p.m. Do: Budget Rental Car $217.68
Orlando Intl Airport
1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd, Term A &B
Orlando, FL 32827, US
Ph: 407-825-1700
24 Hours
Costco Travel Confirmation Number C339566593
Budget Confirmation Number 20665360US2
Standard Car-Suburu Legacy, AC, Unlimited Mileage, Extra driver free
 
    (Go south out of the airport. Turn right/west onto Toll Rd 417. Take exit 6 right. Continue ahead on World Center Dr. Go left on Hwy 535. Stop at Walmart on the right.)  
  Do: Walmart for Groceries  
    (Go right on Poinciana Blvd. Cross US 192. After Cookie Ln go left on Siesta Lago Dr. Turn right on Sweetwater Club Clr. It will go left and circle around. Last one on the right.)  
32 minutes Lodge: 2476 Sweetwater Club Circle, Unit 105
Kissimmee, FL 34746
Property #3539867 $719.43
Reservation HA-XGPVK
June 16-23, 7 nights
3 adults, 1 child
(610) 564-2080
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Day 2 Sunday June 17th  
    (Go back out on Sweetwater Club Cir. Turn left on Siesta Lago Dr. Turn right on Poinciana Blvd. Go left on Hwy 192/Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. Follow signs or turn right on World Dr. Follow signs.)  
30 minutes See:
WDW-Magic Kingdom
-(9-10) 3 Day Pass- $295/$278 child

"Take your passes to any of the booths to get a real ticket."
15
9:15 a.m.
-10:15 a.m.
  Space Mountain Fast Pass  
10:25 a.m.
-11:25 a.m.
  Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin Fast Pass  
12:00 p.m.
-1:00 p.m.
  Pirates of the Caribbean Fast Pass  
2:15 p.m.   Lunch-Plaza  
3:00 p.m.   Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade  
5:45 p.m.   Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party  
9:15 p.m.   Happily Ever After Fireworks  
    (Go back out on World Dr. Go left on Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy 192. Go right on Poinciana Blvd. Go left on Siesta Lago Dr. Turn right on Sweetwater Club Cir.)  
  Lodge: 2476 Sweetwater Club Circle, Unit 105
Kissimmee, FL 34746
(30)

 

Day 3 Monday June 18th  
    (Go left on Sweetwater Club Circle. Take the first left and left again on Siesta Lago Dr. Turn right on Poinciana Blvd. Enter Osceola Pkwy/Hwy 417 going left/west. Watch for sign to park.)  
  See: WDW-Disney's Hollywood Studios (9-10:30)  
10:45 a.m.
-11:45 a.m.
Do: Star Tours  
5:00 p.m.
-6:00 p.m.
  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror  
7:05 p.m.
-8:05 p.m.
  Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith  
9:00 p.m.   Fantasmic  
9:30 p.m.   Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular  
    (Go back out on Osceola Pkwy/Hwy 417. Go right on Poinciana Blvd. Go left on Siesta Lago Dr. Go right on Sweetwater Club Circle.)  
  Lodge: 2476 Sweetwater Club Circle, Unit 105
Kissimmee, FL 34746
 

 

Day 4 Tuesday June 19th  
    (Go left on Sweetwater Club Circle. Take the first left and left again on Siesta Lago Dr. Turn right on Poinciana Blvd. Enter Osceola Pkwy/Hwy 417 going left/west. Watch for sign to park.)  
  See: WDW-Animal Kingdom (9-10:30)  
12:15 p.m.
-1:15 p.m.
  Africa- Kilimanjaro Safaris
Barb, Beau, Katie, Tim
 
2:00 p.m.   Lunch-Rainforest Cafe
Main entrance to park
 
3:35 p.m.
-4:35 p.m.
  Asia-Expedition Everest -Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Barb, Beau & Katie
 
6:05 p.m.
-7:05 p.m.
Do: Dinosaur- Dino Land USA
Barb, Beau, Katie, Tim
 
    (Go back out on Osceola Pkwy/Hwy 417. Go right on Poinciana Blvd. Go left on Siesta Lago Dr. Go right on Sweetwater Club C ircle.)  
  Lodge: 2476 Sweetwater Club Circle, Unit 105
Kissimmee, FL 34746
 

 

Day 5 Wednesday June 20th  
    (Go back out on Sweetwater Club Cir. Turn right on Siesta Lago Dr. Go left on Irlo Bronson Hwy 192. At the junction go right on Hwy 535. Go right on I-4. Take exit 75A. Follow signs.)  
    Shuttle $5.35  
  See: Universal Studios (9-10)
6000 Universal Boulevard 
Orlando, FL 32819
GPS Geocode For Directions To The Parking Garage

Latitude: 28.47399 
Longitude: -81.46228
 
   

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts-
Enter Gringotts™ bank beneath the massive fire-breathing dragon at the far end of Diagon Alley™. Inside, walk through the bank's grand marble lobby and see goblins hard at work. Then, get ready to take a journey through cavernous passageways that lead deep underground as you climb aboard this mind-blowing, multi-dimensional thrill ride.

You'll face the bank's stringent security measures while navigating perilous subterranean vaults. Along the way you'll encounter Harry, Ron, and Hermione. But you'll have to evade the wrath of malicious villains Voldemort™ and Bellatrix, as well as trolls and other creatures that stand between you and a safe return to Diagon Alley™.
 
    Hogwarts Express- From the thrill of walking through Platform 9 ¾™ to watching the British countryside pass by your window, we can assure you—this is not your everyday train ride.   
   

Leaky Cauldron Restaurant- s a small, grubby-looking pub and inn. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry stayed there for several weeks over the summer before heading off to Hogwarts™ for his third year.

Once inside, you'll find yourself under a cathedral ceiling with views towards the guest rooms in the inn. Menu items include Bangers and Mash, Fisherman's Pie, Toad in the Hole, Ploughman's Platter, and more, plus a Kid's Menu offering Fish And Chips, Macaroni Cheese, and Cottage Mini Pie.
 
    (Go back to I-4 going west or south. Take exit 68 left on Hwy 535. Go through Hwy 417. Go right on Poinciana Blvd. Cross Hwy 192. Turn left on Siesta Lago Dr. Go right on Saltwater Club Cir.)  
  Lodge: 2476 Sweetwater Club Circle, Unit 105
Kissimmee, FL 34746
 

 

Day 6 Thursday June 21st  
    (Go back out on Sweetwater Club Cir. Turn right on Siesta Lago Dr. Go left on Irlo Bronson Hwy 192. At the junction go right on Hwy 535/Kissimmee Vineland Rd. Turn right into I-4. Take exit 75A. Follow signs.)  
30 minutes See:
Islands of Adventure
(9-10)
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    Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey- Enter through the towering castle gates and make your way down the familiar passageways and corridors of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Visit iconic locations such as Dumbledore's office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor™ common room, the Room of Requirement, and more. 

Then get ready to soar above the castle grounds as you join Harry Potter™ and his friends on an unforgettably thrilling adventure, coming face-to-face with an array of magical creatures. This amazing attraction uses groundbreaking, state-of-the-art technology (and a little magic) to create a one-of-a-kind ride.

 
    Jurassic Park River Adventure-This scenic water cruise starts out innocently enough. You're gliding along in your raft, watching a baby stegosaurus and its mother share a moment.

When out of nowhere, you're bumped off course and thrust into the ominous "restricted area" of Jurassic Park™. This is where they keep the other creatures. The dangerous ones. Suddenly, a T. rex stands before you. There's nowhere to turn. Your only possible escape from his razor sharp teeth is to take the pitch-black plunge before you.

Did we mention it’s an 85-foot drop? Hope you brought a towel.

 
    The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman- Strap on your 3-D glasses and join the world's most famous web slinger in a high-flying virtual reality ride. The villains of the Sinister Syndicate have stolen the Statue of Liberty and it's up to Spidey to save the day. 

You'll face a cast of Marvel characters as you soar above the streets, scale skyscrapers and battle bad guys left and right. The high-definition 3-D graphics are so vivid, you might catch yourself counting the stitches on Spider-Man's gloves. Just watch out for the 400-foot freefall.

 
    Three Broomsticks-This rustic tavern is the place to go for good food, friendly conversation, and of course—a Butterbeer™. The cosy, snow-capped inn is the place where Harry Potter™ had his first taste of the sweet wizarding drink. Through the centuries, the Three Broomsticks™ has welcomed countless Hogwarts™ students including Harry and his friends.

Inside you'll notice details such as cast-iron chandeliers, weathered wood beams, and balconies brimming with curious bric-a-brac. Take a seat and have your fill of tasty British fare including 'The Great Feast', Fish And Chips, Shepherd's Pie, Beef Pasties, Turkey Legs, and Fresh Vegetables.

 
    Hogs Head- You may notice the stuffed hog's head hanging over the bar. You'll definitely notice it if he snarls at you. Don't be alarmed, though; this pub in the back of Three Broomsticks™ is the perfect place for a Butterbeer™ and Pumpkin Juice™, along with domestic and imported beers, the pub's exclusive Hog's Head™ Brew, Gillywater (bottled water), specialty drinks, wine, spirits, and mixed drinks.   
    Captain America Diner- Avengers assemble! Superhuman hunger doesn't stand a chance at this eye-catching eatery. You've found the place where the heroes hang out, and you'll see them all over the walls of this star-spangled diner. Enjoy a classic and delicious menu of cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, crispy chicken salads, and more.  
    (Go back to I-4 going west or south. Take exit 68 left on Hwy 535. Go through Hwy 417. Go right on Poinciana Blvd. Cross Hwy 192. Turn left on Siesta Lago Dr. Go right on Saltwater Club Cir.)  
  Lodge: 2476 Sweetwater Club Circle, Unit 105
Kissimmee, FL 34746
 

 

Day 7 Friday June 22nd  
Everyone:      
7:45 a.m. Depart: Hotel  
    (Turn right on Siesta Lago Dr. Go left on US Hwy 192. Continue onto Hwy 535. Go right into I-4/Hwy 400. Take exit 74A right onto Sand Lake Rd. Take the 2nd right on Universal Blvd. Turn right on Via Mercado. Turn right on International Blvd.)  
8:15 a.m. Arrive: 8401 International Drive
The shuttle pick up is outside the parking deck near the back entrance of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye on the Universal Boulevard side of the property.
 
Katie & Beau:      
8:30 a.m. Do: Drop-off for shuttle $5
8401 International Dr
13
  See: Legoland (10-6) $79.99/$74.99 (3-12)  
6:30 p.m. Do: Pick-up at shuttle  
Tim & Barb:      
8:15 a.m. Depart: Orlando  
    (Go back north on Internatinal Dr. Turn right on Sand Lake/Hwy 482. Take an immediate left on Hwy 435. Enter I-4/Hwy 400 and take the first exit left onto the Florida Turnpike going left/north (toll road). It will end and enter I-75/Hwy 93. Take exit 341. Turn right on Country Hwy 484. Take first right on SW 17th Ct. Right side.)  
9:30 a.m. Arrive: Ocala  
  See; Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing (9-5, Antiques 10-4) $20
13700 SW 16th Ave, Ocala, FL 34473
77
    Lunch nearby: Cracker Barrel, Taco Bell, Sonny's BBQ, Zaxby's Chicken Fingers and Buffalo Wings
Other side of the Freeway: DQ, Subway, Waffle House, McD's, Popeye's Kitchen
 
12:00 p.m. Depart: Ocala  
    (Continue right on SW 17th. Turn left on SW 16th. Turn left again on County Hwy 484. Go right onto I-75. Take exit 358 right on Hwy 326. Take the 2nd left onto Hwy 301. Turn right on Springs St/Hwy 318. At Hwy 315 go left. Go right on Hwy 310. When it ends, go left on Hwy 19. Turn right on Hwy 20. It will become Crill Ave. Go left on 9th. Turn right on Reid/Hwy 17. It will become Hwy 20/100. Go left on Hwy 207. Go over I-95. Go right on Hwy 312. Turn left on A1A and continue to Busam St. Go right and then right again on Lighthouse Ave.)  
2:20 p.m. Arrive: St. Augustine 101
   
St Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
(9-7)
81 Lighthouse Ave
Behind the Scenes Tour: Step back in time on a guided tour of Lighthouse history, wooden boatbuilding and shipwreck archaeology! Available 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., seven days a week!
 
4:00 p.m. Depart: St. Augustine  
    (Go back out on Lighthouse Blvd. Turn left on Busam St. Turn left again on Hwy A1A. Turn right on Hwy 312. Go left on Hwy 1/Dixie Hwy. Enter I-95 left/south. Take exit 260B right on I-4. Take exit 75B right, then left on Hwy 435. Go left on Universal Blvd. Turn right on Mercado. Turn right on International Dr.)  
6:00 p.m. Arrive: Orlando 116
  Do: Pick-up Katie and Beau
8401 International Blvd
 
6:10 p.m. Depart: Orlando  
Option 1:      
    (Go right on International Blvd. Go left slightly at Hwy 482 and an immediate right into I-4. Take exit 261. Go right on Hwy 92. Cross the Halifax River. Go left on Halifax Ave. In about 6 blocks turn right on Oral St. Go left on Hwy A1A one block.)  
7:40 p.m. Arrive: Daytona 69
    Daytona Beach Boardwalk (9 am-11 pm)
12 N Ocean Avenue
 
  Depart: Daytona  
    (Go right/north on Ocean.  Take a left on Seabreeze Blvd.  It will become Mason/Hwy 430.  Go left on Nova Rd.  /Hwy 5A.  Go right on Beville Rd/Hwy 400.  It will go into I-4.  Take exit 68 left on Hwy 535/Apopca Vineland Rd. Turn right on Poinciana Blvd. Go left on Siesta Lago Dr. Turn right on Sweetwater Club Circle.)  
1.5 hrs Arrive: Orlando 79
Option 2:      
    (Go left on International Blvd.  Take the 2nd left on Austrian Row.  Go right on Universal Blvd.  Go right to enter Hwy 528 east.  At the Indian River it will become A1A.  It will eventually turn right on Astronaut Blvd.  It will become Atlantic.  The road will split.  From there take the 7th street left on Minuteman Causeway.  Go one block and turn left on Atlantic.  Take the first right on 1st.)  
7:20 p.m. Arrive: Cocoa Beach 62
  Do: Beach Time  
  Depart: Cocoa Beach  
    (Go right/north on Atlantic/A1A.  After crossing the Banana River it will be Hwy A1A and Hwy 528.  Take exit 16 left/south onto Hwy 417.  Take exit 3 left on Osceola Parkway.  Turn right on Poinciana Blvd.  Turn left on Siesta Lago Dr.  Turn right on Sweetwater Club Clr.  At the junction go right.  On the right side.)  
1 hr 15 min Arrive: Kissimmee 72
  Lodge: 2476 Sweetwater Club Circle, Unit 105
Kissimmee, FL 34746
(455
441)

 

Day 7 Saturday June 23rd  
Tamra:      
6:35 a.m. Depart: Spokane  
  Do: SW Flight 3460  
9:40 a.m. Arrive: Denver  
  Do: Lunch  
1:00 p.m. Depart; Denver  
  Do: SW Flight 5076  
7:05 p.m. Arrive: Boston (4:05 p.m. Spokane time)  
Barb, Tim, Katie & Beau      
7:00 a.m. Depart: Hotel  
    (Go back out on Sweetwater Club Circle. Turn right on Siesta Lago Dr. Go left on Hwy 192/Hwy 530. Go right on Hwy 535. Go right on World Center Dr into Hwy 417/Central Florida Greenway (toll road). Take exit 17A left onto 527A/Access Road.)  
7:30 a.m. Arrive: Airport
1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827
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  Do: Drop-off Katie  
Katie & Beau:      
9:45 a.m. Depart: Orlando  
  Do: Southwest Flight 4133
Confirmation # JMVWNK
 
11:15 a.m. Arrive: Dallas, TX  
12:00 p.m. Depart: Dallas  
  Do: SW Flight 5384  
3:00 p.m. Arrive: Spokane  
Tim & Barb:      
7:45 a.m. Do: Return rental car  
11:08 a.m. Depart: Orlando  
    Delta Flight 995
Confirmation # HCX7R0
 
2:00 p.m. Arrive: Boston  
3:00 p.m. Do:

Budget $730.90
Costco Travel Confirmation C346994311
Budget Confirmation Number 35615388US4
Budget Fastbreak JB609L
BCD # W852802
Coupon # MUGZ070
Premium Car-CHEVROLET IMPALA or similar
AUTOMATIC transmission, Air conditioning
Unlimited mileage
•One additional driver fee will be waived for Costco members at locations in the U.S.
•Should you wish to make a change to your reservation, book a new reservation with the updated information and then cancel your original reservation. There are no penalties to cancel at any time.
•The renter must present their Costco membership card at the time of pickup.
Boston Logan Intl Arpt
15 Tramsportation Way
East Boston, MA 02128, US
Ph: 888-826-6893
24 Hours

 
    (Go right/north on I-90. It will become 1A. Turn right on Addison St. Go right again on Saratoga St. Take the 2nd left on Byron St. In 3 blocks go left on Coleridge St. Enter the park. Beach is on the right.)  
    Orient Heights Beach  
    (Go back on Coleridge. Turn right on Byron. Turn right on Saratoga.)  
    Dinner-  
10 minutes   (Go left on Coleridge St. Turn right on Byron St. Go left on Bennington St/Hwy 145. Cross I-90 and go left to enter it. It will end at the airport.)  
7:05 p.m. Do: Pick-up Tamra at the Airport  
  Depart: Boston  
    (Enter I-90 going right/east. It will circle around and go back out. Go right/north. It will become Hwy 1A. Go through the next two roundabouts on Hwy 60. Go through the large roundabout right onto Hwy 1. Enter I-95. Take the first exit 47A right on Hwy 114. At the Guitar Center turn right.)  
  Do: Walmart Shopping
 55 Brooksby Village Way
Danvers, MA 01923
 
    (Go left out of Walmart. Turn left on Andover/Hwy 114. Go over the freeway and turn right on Newbury St. Turn left at Dayton.)  
25 minutes Arrive: Danvers 10
  Lodge:
Best Western Plus North Shore Hotel $753.98
50 Dayton St.
Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 777-1700
(2 queens, breakfast)
(32)

 

Day 8 Sunday June 24th  
  Depart: Danvers  
    (Turn right on Dayton St. Go left on Centre St. Go right into I-95. Take exit 21B. Continue on Grove St. On the left side.)  
30 minutes Arrive Riverside-Outbound-Green line subway  
  Do: Subway D $2.75 each way (5:20 a.m.-midnight)  
    (Depart at Kenmore Station. Go left and left again Brookline.)  
  Arrive: Boston  
1:05 p.m. Do:
Fenway Park Game Boston
$20-$75
Right Field, Box 2, Row H, Seats 11, 12, 13
Lunch
 
Option 1:      
    (Go back to Brookline and over the freeway. In between the two Commonweath highways.)  
  Do: Subway D $2.75  
  Arrive: Riverside Station  
  Drive: (Go right, then take an immediate left. Turn right on Grove St. Go right into I-95. Take the first exit 25 onto I-90 west (toll road). Take exit 22 right. It will circle around and go right onto Huntington/Stuart/Hwy 9. Turn left on Charles St, after Statler Park. Go through the park. Boston Commons Parking. Park after 4 p.m. $14 from 1-3 hours, $18 over 3 hours)  
Option 2:      
    (Go back to Brookline and over the freeway. In between the two Commonweath highways going right.)  
  Do: Subway D west to Arlington Station.  
    (Turn left up Arlington following Boston Commons. Turn right on Beacon.)  
   
Dinner: Cheers Bar

84 Beacon Street
Reservations (617) 227-9605
 
Drive:   (Continue left on Beacon St. Turn right on David Mugar Way. Enter Storrow Dr. Cross the river and go left on North Bank Bridge onto Hwy 1. In Danvers go right to Centre St. Take the 1st right on Armory. Go left on Dayton.)  
Subway:   (Go left on Beacon. At the corner turn left up Arlington. Catch the subway. Get off at Riverside Station. Go right on Grove. Go right into I-95. Take exit 44B left north on Hwy 1. Circle right onto Centre St. Cross the highway and turn right on Armory.)  
25 minutes Lodge: Best Western Plus North Shore Hotel
50 Dayton St.
Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 777-1700
19

 

Day 9 Monday June 25th  
  Depart: Danvers  
    (Enter I-95 right/south. Take exit 37A right and then south on I-93. Take exit 26 right onto Hwy 3. Go left onto Charles St. Turn left on Beacon to the park. Try to find parking meter parking, if you wish to see Beacon Hill. Parking garages are over $10 an hour. Go left.)  
Optional:   Beacon Hill  
    (Otherwise continue on Beacon and turn right on Park St. Turn right again on Tremont. The visitor center is on the left. Look for parking.)  
  Arrive: Boston  
  See: Boston Common Visitor Center (8:30-5)
139 Tremont St
 
  Do:
Freedom Trail-Paul Revere's House, Old North Church , Copp's Hill Burying Ground (graves from 1659), Battle of Bunker Hill, or USS Constitution
 
    Boston Commons
139 Tremont St
Established in 1634, Boston Common is America’s oldest public park. Puritan colonists purchased the land rights to the Common’s 44 acres from the first settler of the area, Anglican minister William Blackstone. The price was 30 pounds, and each homeowner paid him six shillings. The pasture then became known as the "Common Land" and was used to graze local livestock until 1830. A town shepherd was paid "two shillings and sixpence per head of cowe" to tend townspeople’s livestock.

Also referred to as a "trayning field," over 1000 Redcoats made camp on the Common during the British occupation of Boston in 1775. It was from here that three brigades of Redcoats left to make the fateful trip to Lexington and Concord.
 
   
Granary Burying Ground
(9-5)
The graves of three signers of the Declaration of Independence: Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine; Peter Faneuil, benefactor of the famed downtown Boston landmark; patriot and craftsman Paul Revere; James Otis, Revolutionary orator and lawyer; and five victims of the Boston Massacre. Near the center of the ground, a 25-foot-tall obelisk commemorates the tomb of Benjamin Franklin's parents.
 
    Old South Meeting Hall (9:30-5) $6
On December 16, 1773, as many as 5,000 colonists packed this building to resist a shipment of taxed tea. After hours of negotiations, the people failed to come to a resolution with the royal government. A signal must have been given soon after, for some 150 men with soot on their faces and varying interpretations of American Indian dress stormed out of buildings nearby and made their way to the tea ships at Griffin's Wharf. After hours of work, the men destroyed 342 chests of the imported tea. This resistance would be seen as treason by the British Crown, and the punishments would bring war closer than ever.
 
   
Old State House
(9-6) $10
On a cold March night in 1770, a beleaguered squadron of British soldiers opened fire in front of this royal building, killing five and wounding many others. By the next morning, leaders called the event a "bloody massacre." Six years later, shots were heard again in the square. But this time it was in celebration. On July 18, 1776, Bostonians gathered under the balcony of Old State to hear for the first time the Declaration of Independence.
 
   
Faneuil Hall (9-6) Free
For 275 years, Faneuil Hall remains a site of meetings, protests, and debate right up to this very day. Because Revolutionary-era meetings and protests took place so frequently at the hall, successive generations continued to gather at the Hall in their own struggles over the meaning and legacy of American liberty. Abolitionists, women's suffragists, and labor unionists name just the largest of groups who have held protests, meetings, and debates at Faneuil Hall.
Ranger talks and visitor center
 
   
Paul Revere's House
(9:30-5:15) $5
n the evening of April 18, 1775 Boston artisan and Patriot Paul Revere set out from his home in North Square to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock of their potential arrest by a detachment of British Soldiers. There were countless riders that night spreading the general alarm, but following the publication of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" in 1860 Paul Revere became an American legend. Because this was the home of the famous "Midnight Rider" and silversmith, early preservationists raised money to purchase and preserve the home as a historic site. Though the Revere family only lived in the house for about ten years, they lived there during the Revolution—the most transformative and uncertain era of their generation.
The house is accessible on the first floor via the courtyard ramps. The second floor is accessed by taking the elevator in the visitor center and then connecting to the house via the walkway.
 
   
Old North Church
(9-6) Donation
On the evening of April 18, 1775 Robert Newman and John Pulling quietly entered Old North and carefully climbed to the top of the church's bell tower. They briefly hung two lanterns near the windows and made their escape. This signal, from the tallest structure in the town of Boston, served as an early warning that a detachment of the British Army was crossing the Charles River and heading west towards the towns of Lexington and Concord. By the end of the next night, the American Revolutionary War had begun.
 
   
Copps Burying Ground
(10-5)
Some notables buried in Copp's Hill are fire-and-brimstone preachers Cotton and Increase Mather, two Puritan ministers closely associated with the Salem witch trials. The burying ground also holds Old North Church sexton Robert Newman, the man who hung the lanterns on the night of Paul Revere’s midnight ride and Edmund Hartt, builder of the USS Constitution. Countless free African-Americans are buried in a potter's field on the Charter Street side of the site. Because of its height and panoramic vistas, the British used this vantage point to train their cannons on Charlestown during the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. The epitaph on Captain Daniel Malcolm's tombstone at Copp's Hill is riddled with the marks of vengeful British bullets.
 
    (Turn right on Hull St. Go left on Commercial St. Turn left again on Washington St. Turn right on Hanover St. Go left on Marshall St. On the left side.)  
   
Dinner: Green Dragon Tavern
(11-2 a.m.)
11 Marshall St.
Salads, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, bangers and mash, steak, seafood
Has a long and rich history, playing an important part in the freedom of Boston during the War of Independence. Established in 1654, The Green Dragon was a favourite haunt of Paul Revere (whom we considered a close neighbour) and John Hancock (whose brother lived next door!). It has been ratified by Daniel Webster – the famous historian, that it was indeed in the Green Dragon that the plans for the invasion of Lexington and Concord were overheard thus starting the famous ride of Paul Revere.
 
    (Go back on Marshal and turn left on Hanover. Turn left again on Congress St. Go left on Court St. Turn right on Tremont. Continue on Tremont. Turn left on Essex. Turn left on Atlantic. Drive to parking garage at 270 Atlantic Ave. Walk right on Atlantic to State.)  
7:00 p.m.   Ghost and Gravestones Frightseeing Tour (1.5 hrs)$107.73
200 Atlantic Avenue
(866) 754-9136
Present this eTicket at the main Trolley Booth located at 200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110 (directly on the end of the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, near the corner of Atlantic Ave and State St). OPERATING HOURS: Reservation confirmed with use date and time shown above. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time or reservations may be subject to cancellation and ticket is non refundable. 


In a city nearly four hundred years old - troubled with war, murderers, strife and the occasional bout of stray molasses, it is hardly any wonder that Boston remains one of the most haunted cities in America and stories of the glory days of Colonial Bosston only scratch the surface of Boston’s darker side.

Walk amongst the dead in burying grounds nearly four hundred years old, hear stories of those whose mortal remains lie beneath your feet, and listen to tales of many of the sordid practices that went along with them. Venture to the site of the biggest grave-robbing scandal in New England’s history. And ask yourselves - are you afraid of being buried alive? Walk atop Boston’s largest unmarked burying ground and hear tales of the tortures, punishments and executions that took place there. You may even find yourselves involved in some…

Boston has found itself plagued with some of history’s most nefarious figures – The Boston Strangler, Jolly Jane, Dr. John Webster, Cotton Mather, amongst a slew of other assorted characters.

The city proper is not the only source of stories here. Boston Harbor played a pivotal role in the formation and daily life – and death – of Boston citizens. With drowning being an occupational hazard of a sailor’s life, the Harbor is home to many a dark tale of death in freezing waters.Explore some of Boston's most haunted sites...
See Boston’s most haunted hotel: The Omni Parker House. As you pass by, you’ll hear stories of the hotel’s more bizarre and permanent tenants. Hear the gruesome saga of the Boston Strangler, and see where his final victim breathed her last.

Join us as we explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites, haunted places and spend time with the dead as your tour includes exclusive nighttime access into two of Boston’s oldest burying grounds. But you won’t be traveling alone.

Ghosts & Gravestones is not like any tour you’ve taken before! We’ve been thrilling our audiences for more than a decade and all of us are waiting for you to be next.King’s Chapel Burying Ground
Leave your preconceived notions of Boston’s past behind and venture off the map with us as we enter King's Chapel Burying Ground!

The oldest burying ground within the confines of downtown Boston; this is the final resting place of many of Boston’s first inhabitants. Here you may peer inside a decrepit charnel house which contains the jumbled bones of hundreds of forgotten souls and learn of Ephraim Littlefield and his shocking black-market body trading scandal of the Victorian era. Or perhaps you will hear the tale of King’s Chapel’s Strangers Tomb and the ghost who haunts it.

* Please note: each tour will visit 2 of the following 3 burying grounds: Copp's Hill Burying Ground, The Granary Burying Ground and King's Chapel Burying Ground.

 
    (Go left on Atlantic to the parking garage. Continue right/north on Atlantic. It will enter I-93. Take exit 37A right. Enter I-95 east. Take exit 44B right, then left on Hwy 1. Take the Centre St exit going right. Turn right on Armory Rd.)  
  Lodge: Best Western Plus North Shore Hotel
50 Dayton St.
Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 777-1700
23

 

Day 10 Tuesday June 26th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Danvers  
    ((Turn right on Hwy 1/Newbury. Cross the Mystic River. Take the right onto Rutherford Ave. Go left on Chelsea St. Take the first left on Warren St. Take the 4th right on Monument Ave. Straight ahead. Park)  
  Arrive: Boston  
   


Bunker Hill Monument (9-5)
Climb it for Free
On June 17, 1775, New England soldiers faced the British army for the first time in a pitched battle. Popularly known as "The Battle of Bunker Hill," bloody fighting took place throughout a hilly landscape of fenced pastures that were situated across the Charles River from Boston. Though the British forces claimed the field, the casualties inflicted by the Provincial solders from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire were staggering. Of the some 2,400 British Soldiers and Marines engaged, some 1,000 were wounded or killed.

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    (From Monument walk the Freedom Trail west on Mt. Vernon Ave. Turn right on Chestnut St. Cross Hwy 1. Continue straight ahead.)  
    Boston National Historical Park- Free
USS Constitution 2:30-6
Building 5, Charlestown Navy Yard
 
    (Go back to the car. Turn right on Hwy 1/Chelsea St. Circle right around onto I-93. Take exit 23. Turn right on Seaport Blvd. Take the first left on Purchase St. Take the 2nd left on Congress St. In the middle of the river.)  
    Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum (Tours 10-5) $28.45 online
306 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210

At the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum you can be a part of the famous event that forever changed the course of American history! Historical interpreters, interactive exhibits, full-scale restored 18th Century sailing vessels, historic artifacts, and the award-winning multi-sensory documentary “Let It Begin Here” are just a taste of what you will experience during your visit.  

Meet the courageous men and women responsible for this historic act of defiance and learn what role you will play in “single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.” Complement your experience with Abigail’s Tea Room, where you can enjoy freshly baked goods, savory lunch items, historically inspired spirits, and literally taste history by sampling the five teas thrown overboard at the Boston Tea Party!

Bring home a bit of history to remember your journey to Boston 1773.  Our gift shop includes an array of historically and nautically inspired gifts, keepsakes, books, games, toys, apparel and a large selection of assorted teas.

About Your Tour

Each fully immersive tour will last approximately one hour and is a fully-guided experience throughout the ships & museum. Your 18th Century Host will lead you through an interactive colonial town meeting, onto one of our ships to “dump the tea”, and through the museum experience as you discover what happened during the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution!

 
    (You can continue on Congress. After crossing the river, take the first left on Sleeper St. Just past Seaport Blvd. on the left.)  
    Dinner: The Barking Crab (11:30-4) Make a reservation
88 Sleeper St.
(Seafood and Crab)
 
    (Go back on Sleeper St. Turn right on Atlantic Ave. Jog left into I-93. Take exit 27 left onto Hwy 1. Exit right onto Centre St. Cross the hwy and turn right on Armory Rd.)  
  Arrive: Danvers 20
  Lodge: Best Western Plus North Shore Hotel
50 Dayton St.
Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 777-1700
(37)

 

 

Day 11 Wednesday June 27th  
9:30 a.m. Depart: Danvers  
    (Enter I-95 going right/south. Take exit 45 right, then left on Yankee Division Hwy. Take the second exit 25A right on Hwy 114. Go left on Pulaski/Endicott St. Take the first right on Gardner. Take the 3rd right on Margin St. Just past the North River on the right side.)  
15 minutes Arrive: Salem 7
   
The Witch House (10-5) $10.25 guided/$8.25 self guided
310 Essex Street
Buy tickets at the museum gift shop.
In 1675, Jonathan Corwin, heir to one of the largest Puritan fortunes in New  England, purchased this 
large and stately house.  Seventeen years later,Corwin and his family would take part in the most 
famous Witch Hunt in American History. Tours of the Corwin House, now known as the Witch House, connect elements of everyday life with the events punctuating history's timelines.  
 
    (Go forward/east on Essex. Take the 3rd left on Washington. Take the first right on Church St. Take the 4th left on Howard St. On the left side.)  
    Howard Street Cemetery (Dusk to dawn)
29 Howard St
One of three cemeteries significant to the 1692 Witch Trials, the Howard Street Cemetery is said to be where Giles Corey was taken to be pressed to death, a torture chosen because he refused to stand trial.
 
    (Continue left on Howard to the corner. Turn right on Bridget St. At the 4th block turn right on Winter St. After 3 blocks turn right on Washington Sq. At the end of the commons area.)  
    Salem Witch Museum $12 (10-5)
19 l/2 N Washington Square
The Salem Witch Museum examines one of the most enduring and emotional events in American History...the Witch Trials of 1692. The main presentation is based on actual trial documents. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration as they are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem Witch Hunt.

In our second exhibit, Witches: Evolving Perceptions, live guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today and the frightening phenomenon of witch hunting.

 
    (Continue south/left on Washington Sq. Take the 2nd left on Essex. Turn right on Hawthorne. On the right side.)  
    Nathanial Hawthorne Statue  
    (Continue on Hawthorne. Jog right on Charter and an immediate left to continue on Hawthorne. Take the first left on Derby. About 3 blocks you will see Salem Maritme National Historic Site. The dock is on the right side.)  
    Salem Maritime National Historic Site
160 Derby St.
 
   
Salem Historic Wharf with Derby Wharf Light Station

Hatch’s Wharf, the shortest wharf, was built in 1819, and Central Wharf was built in 1791 by Simon Forrester. The lighthouse was built in 1871.
 
    (Continue on Derby. In 4 blocks turn right on Turner St. On the right side.)  
   
House of Seven Gables (10-5, 35-40 minute tour) $15
115 Derby Street
Gift Shop
In 1668, merchant and ship-owner John Turner built a house on Salem Harbor that was destined to become one of America’s most beloved historic homes. Designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2007.

Hawthorne was born at 27 Union Street (later moved to the House of Seven Gables complex) complex). Four years later, after his father's death on a voyage to South America, Nathaniel moved next door to 10 Herbert Street where he lived with his mother and two sisters and his mother's family intermittently until 1845. Hawthorne wryly referred to the house as "Castle Dismal", but it was here that he began his literary career in the decade after his graduation from Bowdoin College in 1825.

During that decade, Nathaniel often visited his cousin, Susannah Ingersoll, at her now-famous waterfront home on Turner Street. Susannah's description of the house's appearance in earlier days gave Hawthorne the title for his famous novel, The House of the Seven Gables.

A secret room was found in the last 20 years.

 
    (Walk back up Turner and left left on Derby St.)  
    Ye Olde Pepper Company (11-5)
122 Derby Street

The candy store began in the early 1900's. George Burkinshaw purchased the George W Pepper Companie. George began working for this company as a boy sweeping the floors and other odd jobs. As he grew he worked his way up and began assisting with the candy making. For years he learned the art of confections. At that time the well-known “Salem Gibralter” and "Black Jacks" were the popular candy of the day.

Mary Spencer’s “Salem, Gibralters” date back to the early 1800’s where she peddled these candies from the steps of the First Church in Salem, MA. The Black Jack is credited to John Pepper as its creator. These two historic candies were the first candies to be sold commercially in America, they have a story all their own and they continue even today over 200 years later to be our flagship candy. George upon his purchase of the company also purchased the recipes for the Salem Gibralter and Black Jack. During the early 1900’s most of his business were those two candies and various hard candies he added. George ran the business with wife Alice; the couple met while working for the George W Pepper Companie. They had one child George Jr; he helped his father occasionally but was a soldier and was sent overseas to fight during WWII.

Upon the completion of the war George Jr. continued working for the Chelsea Naval Yard in Boston, MA. Although, he still helped his father make candy on the side. A family story that we believe probably is the reason our company still exists today is the following: George Sr. was sick and in the hospital, basically on his last days. He was so distraught; not over his current health situation but about his candies. He was convinced the Gibralter and Black Jack would die with him. In an effort to comfort his father George Jr went to the shop that night, he worked all night and made a batch of each of the candies. The next morning he brought a piece of each candy to his father, to prove to him that he could produce these candies. From that     point on George Jr. continued his father’s legacy.

By his side was his wife Myrtle who through the years would run the office, run the store and when needed help make the  candy. The couple had a son Robert and during this time the business would grow from hard candies into chocolates and fudges too. Unlike his father, Robert began working for the company as a small child and went directly into the business after graduating from college. In the past 30 years the companyhas grown to have 2 store locations, wholesale division and website store.
 
    (Continue west/right on Derby, if walking. Otherwise Derby is one way street in the other direction.)  
    Dinner etc: Right side-Mercy Tavern, Witch's Brew Cafe; Left side-Captain Dustys Ice Cream, Witch Way Gifts
 
    (Go around the block and back right/west on Derby. Go past Congress St.)  
    More Dinner: Scratch Kitchen (cheaper) , Beerworks Brewing Co., Bambolina (pizza)  
    (Turn around and go left/north on Congress St/Hawthorne Blvd. Go left on Essex. Go right on New Liberty St.)  

8:00 pm
-9:30 pm

 
Spellbound Tour
$16 (Daily, 1.5 hrs, 8 p.m.) $16/$12 Sr
2 New Liberty St.
1 adult/2 seniors
"Arrive 10-15 minutes early"

On Spellbound Tours we visit only real, documented historic and haunted locations. Sites visited on the Spellbound Tours Voodoo, Vampires, and Ghosts Tour include:

The Salem Visitor Center

The Old Salem Jail, still haunted by the angry spirits of tortured prisoners!

The site of Salem’s most famous ghost’s demise, the field where Giles Corey was gruesomely pressed to death! Hope you do not see cursed Corey himself, the legend says when his ghost walks tragedy follows close behind!

The real location of the Witch Dungeon where the accused where held before their hanging!

The famous haunted Lyceum restaurant, located on the land where the first Witch Trials victim Bridget Bishop lived and her ghost still lingers, a site featured on Ghost Hunters!

Photo Opportunity with the Statue of Samantha from Bewitched!

The Joshua Ward House, the location where cruel Sheriff Corwin tortured his victims. Widely considered the most haunted home in the United States!

The Old Town Hall. This is where we introduce you to weird vampire folklore and the even more shocking modern vampire culture!

The Boston Strangler’s Salem Murder Site!

The Police Station where Harry Houdini performed his greatest escape!

The Old Burying Point Cemetery. The second oldest cemetery in the United States. Final resting place of Witch Trials Judge Hathorne, as well as a little girl who may have been buried alive! Extremely haunted. Many modern magic practitioners consider this cemetery a sacred place and use it’s graveyard dirt in rituals.

The tour concludes back at the Salem Visitor Center where we show you amazing photographs of real ghost energy and encourage you to submit yours to be examined.

 
  Depart: Salem  
    (Go right on New Liberty. Turn left at the corner onto Brown St. Take the 1st right on St Peter St. In a couple blocks turn left on Bridge St. It will go right into Hwy 114. The highway will go left on Gardner St, left again on Polaski St and right on Andover St. Cross over I-95. Take the first right on Newberry St. Circle around onto Centre St to the hotel.)  
17 minutes Arrive: Danvers 7
  Lodge: Best Western Plus North Shore Hotel
50 Dayton St.
Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 777-1700
(14)

 

 

 

Day 12 Thursday June 28th  
  Do: Finish Salem Sights  
1:00 p.m. Depart: Danvers  
    (Turn right on Armory Rd. Go left over the freeway on Centre St. At a junction go left on Holten. Turn right on Pine St. Take the first left on Adam St. At the junction go left on Ash St. It will become Purchase St. Turn right on High St. Go over the freeway and take the first left onto Yankee Division Hwy. At the Grant Cir roundabout take the take the first right on Washington St. Turn right on Centennial Ave. At the bay go left on Western Ave.)  
1:30 p.m. Arrive: Gloucester, MA 19
  See: Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial  
2:00 p.m. Depart: Gloucester  
    (Continue right/east on Western St. Jog right and left on Rogers St. It will become Main St. It will go right. Go south on Main Street for just over a mile, where the road will become Eastern Point Road. Continue on Eastern Point Road 0.3 miles to Eastern Point Boulevard. Follow Eastern Point Boulevard 1.6 miles to its end at a parking area near the lighthouse. You will see "Private Road" signs posted along the way, but access to the lighthouse is allowed. The lighthouse can also be viewed from the water on boats out of Gloucester.)  
2:15 p.m. See:
Eastern Point Lighthouse
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3:30 p.m. Depart: Gloucester  
   

(Go back on Eastern Point Blvd. It will go right on Toronto, then become Eastern Point Road. It will become Main St. At the end of the bay go left on Bass Ave. Take the 2nd right on Yankee Division Hwy. Go through the next two roundabouts continuing on the hwy. Take exit 22 right onto Hwy 62/Poplar St. Cross I-95/Maine Turnpike and go right on Hwy 1, then the first right onto I-95. Take exit 45 right on Maine Turnpike. The hotel is at the junction with Main St, but you may have to turn around to get to it.)

 
5:30 p.m. Arrive: Portland, ME 116
  Do: Check-in Best Western Merry Manor Inn
700 Main St
South Portland, ME
 
    (Just outside the hotel on the left.)  
    The Maine Table (Mon-Sun 5-9)
(Lobster, fish, steak, pizza, burgers, ravioli, meatloak, pork chops, pulled pork, sandwiches)
 
OR      
    (Go straight out of the hotel. Enter I-295 going right. Take exit 7 right onto Franklin St. Turn right on Congress St. Go left on Exchange St. Turn right on Fore St. Parking garage on the right or on the street. Walk left on Fore St. Just past Exchange St on the left or right. Also continue to Market/Commercial Wharf St and turn right.)  
    Old Port and Waterfront 6
Restaurants:   Blue Rooster Food Company
5 Dana St
(Sandwiches, hot dogs, tater tots, salads, $5-$13)
 
    Gritty McDuff's Portland Brew
396 Fore St
Band Beyond Description plays 9:30-12:30 am
Half off Nachos from 4-6 pm Happy Hour
Soup, salad, burgers, ribs, sandwiches, fish and chips, mac and cheese, bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes, $8-$16)
 
    Old Port Tavern (5-9:30)
11 Moulton St
Portland, Maine 04101
Phone: 207.774.0444
http://oldporttavern.com/restaurant/our-menu/lunch-and-dinner-menu/ A bit spendy
 
    The High Roller Lobster Co (11-11)
102 Exchange St
(Lobster roll, crab roll, corn dog, hamburger, frankfurter, $6-$18)
 
    The Thirsty Pig (11-10 pm)
37 Exchange
(Many varieties of sausages, sandwiches, gyro, pulled pork, $6-$13)
 
Shops:   Old Port Candy Co (10-6)
422 Fore St
(Candy, chocolate, fudge, gifts)
 
    Dean's Sweets (10-9)
475 Fore St
(Chocolates)
 
    Many ice cream shops  
    (From the Fore St go west. Turn left on Cross St. Go right on Commercial St. Enter I-295 going left/west. Take the first exit 3. Turn left on Westbrook St/Hwy 9. Turn right on Hwy 1/Main St. On the left side.)  
  Lodge: Best Western Merry Manor Inn $139.51
700 Main St.
South Portland, ME
(207) 774-6151
5
(150)
  Do: Dinner  

 

Day 13 Friday June 29th  
9:30 a.m. Depart: Hotel  
    (Continue right on Main St. Go right on Broadway. Turn right on Cottage Rd. It will become Shore Rd. Look for a sign to go left to the lighthouse on Two Lights.)  
10:00 a.m. See:


Portland Head Lighthouse
Museum (10-4) $2
The dwelling is privately owned. The tower is owned by the Coast Guard but leased to the American Lighthouse Foundation. Grounds/dwelling/tower closed.

As you look out over Portland Harbor and Casco Bay you will have the opportunity to view an additional four lighthouse towers. To your left (North) is Spring Point Ledge Light – built in 1897 – a caisson style light station at the end of a rock breakwater. Directly in front of you is Ram Island Ledge light – constructed in 1905 – the beacon is now solar powered. During storms the waves have been seen to crash over the top of the lantern room. Beyond Ram Island, about 10 miles out and only visible on a clear day, is Halfway Rock light station first lit in 1871. The name comes from its’ position half way between Cape Elizabeth and Cape Small. Now look to your right (South) and you will be able to view Cape Elizabeth light. One of two towers originally built, the remaining operating tower was first lit in 1874.


In March 1827, Stephen Pleasanton, the Treasury official in charge of light stations, wrote to Isaac Ilsley, superintendent of Maine’s lighthouses, asking him to “make an examination, or cause it to be made” and to inform Pleasanton whether one or two lighthouses were necessary at Cape Elizabeth and what they would cost. Ilsley oversaw the building of two sixty-five-foot-tall, octagonal towers, following an appropriation of $3,000 in March 1827 and an additional $4,500 in February 1828. When Ilsley submitted the construction bill, the penny-pinching Pleasonton told Ilsley to strike his fees for overseeing the project.
The decision was made to use two lights, a fixed light in the east tower and a revolving light in the west one, so the station would not be confused with the lights at nearby Portland Head or Wood Island. Mason Jeremiah Berry built the twin lighthouses on twelve acres of land purchased for fifty dollars. The towers, spaced by 895 feet and topped by octagonal wrought-iron lanterns housing lamps and reflectors, first shone their lights in October 1828. Problems were noted only one year later when John Chandler, the local lighthouse superintendent, wrote to Pleasanton, “The Light Houses…were built so late in the season that the mortar froze, and whenever rain came, it ran amongst the stone and kept it continually wet.”
For economy and visibility, the station’s appearance changed several times, sometimes in color and sometimes by lighting only one light. In 1855, the west light was extinguished, and the east light fitted with an occulting third-order lens, but this change was abandoned after just eight months. In 1865, the west tower gained a big vertical red stripe and the east tower four horizontal red bands. The west light was discontinued in 1883, but again relit after complaints. Finally, in 1924, the government changed all twin light stations to single lights, and the west light permanently went dark.

A steam fog whistle was installed at Cape Elizabeth in 1869, and in 1875, a second-class siren, which had been constructed as an experiment, was added to the station after proving a success. A thirty-two-foot-square, brick fog signal building was erected adjacent to the nearby lifesaving station in 1886, and in 1888, its signals sounded 1,117 hours, using 71,500 pounds of coal. Both the whistle and siren were used at the station, until a second whistle replaced the siren in 1901. When the fog signal was changed to an air diaphone in 1929, an unsympathetic lighthouse superintendent, Capt. C. E. Sherman, told a sleepless man that the new signal shouldn’t be any more annoying than the old one once people got used to it. The Lighthouse Service did, however, install a silencer on the exhaust pipe for the oil engines that ran the plant as it was “very loud and extremely annoying to the residents in close proximity to the station.”

A $30,000 appropriation was made in 1873 for rebuilding the western tower, but this money proved sufficient to fund the erection of two matching sixty-seven-foot, brick-lined, cast-iron towers set 923 feet apart and featuring elegant Italianate details. A second-order revolving Fresnel lens remained in use in the west tower, while a new fixed first-order Fresnel lens replaced a fixed second-order lens in the east tower. These iron towers were originally painted brown.

In 1878, a new wood-frame, one-and-a-half-story dwelling was built for the principal keeper near the east tower, and the nearby old stone dwelling was repaired. At this time, Keeper Marcus Hanna and his wife Louise, the station’s third assistant keeper, lived in the new dwelling, while the second assistant keeper lived in the stone building, and the first assistant keeper lived in a frame dwelling near the west tower.

A frame dwelling replaced the old stone dwelling in 1890. After Keeper Hanna resigned in 1888, the station was staffed by four families instead of three, and the Lighthouse Board requested funds so a fourth dwelling could be built near the west tower. After requesting funds for a new dwelling for a decade, money was finally provided to enlarge the dwelling near the west tower in 1901 so it could accommodate the first and third assistants.

American painter Edward Hopper painted several views of Cape Elizabeth’s Two Lights in 1927 and 1929. His oil painting, The Lighthouse at Two Lights, became his best-known lighthouse painting after it was featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 1970 commemorating the sesquicentennial of Maine’s statehood.

In 1924, the east light was changed from a fixed white, incandescent oil vapor light to a group flashing white, electric incandescent light, and the light in the west tower was discontinued. To affect this change, a fixed, third-order lens formerly used at Matinicus Rock was installed in the west tower, while that tower’s second-order lens was sent to New York so it could be modified before being installed in the east tower. The rebuilt lens produced a group of six flashes followed by seventeen seconds of light in every thirty seconds.

In January 1934, sixty-five-year-old Keeper Joseph H. Upton went up the station’s tower about 9:30 p.m. to activate an auxiliary light in place of the main light that had failed. When Mrs. Upton awoke two hours later and couldn’t reach her husband by telephoning the tower, she began a search for him and discovered him unconscious with a fractured skull where he’d fallen at the base of the east tower. He was taken to a Portland hospital but passed away the next day from his injuries. Some claim that the ghost of an older man in a lighthouse uniform seen near the tower is Upton’s spirit.

During World War II, the west tower became an observation point after a cylindrical turret was installed atop the tower, which had had its lantern room removed after being discontinued. It was auctioned to the highest bidder in 1959. In 1971, actor Gary Merrill, ex-husband of Bette Davis, purchased the west tower for $28,000. Merrill sold it in 1983, and a new house was built next to it.

The 1878 keeper’s house adjacent to the east tower has been privately owned for several decades and was purchased by William Kourakos for around $450,000 in 1995 after the previous owner died. Amid some controversy in the 1999, that house was remodeled and enlarged making it markedly different from the dwelling immortalized in Hopper’s paintings. The east light was automated in 1963, and its 1,800-pound second-order Fresnel lens was removed and placed on display at the Cape Elizabeth Town Hall. In 2013, the Town of Cape Elizabeth gave up the lens when it needed to reconfigure its town hall. The lens was going to be returned to the Coast Guard, but the Maine Maritime Museum agreed to accept the lens so it could remain in Maine.

In 1997, the Coast Guard named its fourth Keeper Class coastal buoy tender Marcus Hanna, in honor of the celebrated keeper of the lights on Cape Elizabeth. The vessel was built in Marinette, Wisconsin but was appropriately homeported in South Portland.

 
    Letterboxes: Salish Orca #8, The Fort, Goodnight to the Moon  
    (Go back out on Two Light. At Shore Rd turn right. Go right on Preble St. Turn right on Broadway. Go left on Breakwater Dr. Take the 2nd right on Madison St, which will lead to Bug Light Park, from where you can walk the short breakwater to the light.)  
13 minutes See:
Bug Light (Portland Breakwater Light)
Bug Light Park, the eastern terminus of the Greenbelt Walkway, offers expansive views of Portland Harbor and the skyline of Maine’s  largest city. The 8.78 acre park was the site of major shipbuilding activity during WWII. An estimated 30,000 people were employed here from 1941-1945 building liberty ships for the New England Shipbuilding Corp. and the South Portland Shipbuilding Corp. Although far less bustling  today, Bug Light Park is a popular destination for picnicking, boating, kite flying and salt water fishing.  Rest rooms are available seasonally. A busy boat launching area (seasonal fees required) and a  liberty ship memorial are at opposite ends of the park. In between is a  paved walkway along the shore and out to Bug Light itself.  Seasonal events include a Kite Festival, Summer Movie Nights, a car show, and a day-long 4th of July celebration culminating with clear views of Portland's fireworks display across the harbor. The park is also available for private functions and events.
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1:00 p.m. Depart: Portland  
    (Go back out on Madison St. In a couple of blocks go left on Breakwater Dr. Take the first right on Broadway. Enter Hwy 77/Casco Bay Bridge. Cross Hwy 1. Go right on Park. Enter Commercial/Hwy 1 right. After crossing the river enter I-295 left/south or west. Enter I-95 left/south or west. Take exit 59 right. on I-495. Take exit 25B right on I-290. Take exit 7 right around to enter I-90/Massachusetts Turnpike toll road going west. In Albany go right onto I-87. Take exit 4 right. Turn right on Wolf Rd. On the right side.)  
5:30 p.m. Arrive: Albany, NY 277
  Lodge: Best Western Albany Airport Inn $107.22
200 Wold Road
Albany, NY 12205
518-458-1000
(2 Queens, breakfast)
(280)

 

 

 

Day 14 Saturday June 30th  
8:00 a.m. Depart: Albany, NY  
    (Go left on Wolf Rd. Take the first left on Albany-Shaker Rd over the freeway. Turn left onto the freeway I-87. Take exit 1W right onto I-90. Take exit 21 right. Take the first right and the next right on Hwy 7/10. Take the 2nd left on Hwy 23A/Warnerville Cutoff. At the junction go left on Hwy 10. Take a left on Hwy 165. The road will eventually go right. You continue ahead on Middlefield Rd. Take a right on Dubbins Cross Rd. Go left/west on Hwy 166. Go right on Hwy 52. At a junction go right on Hwy 33. When the road goes right, go straight ahead on Estli Ave. At the next junction go right on Hwy 31. Turn left on Main St. After crossing the river, 2 blocks on the left.)  
9:30 a.m. Arrive: Cooperstown 70
  See:
Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame
(9-9) $23
25 Main St
Cooperstown, NY 13326
 
    (On the left and right sides of the street going left.)  
  Do: Lunch  
    (Go left on Main St. Turn left on Doubleday Ct.)  
    Abner Doubleday Field
In 1838, Elihu Phinney purchased an open plot of land in the center of Cooperstown from the Bealle family. Just two years after Phinney obtained the land, Abner Doubleday reportedly used Phinney’s field for the first baseball game. Elihu Phinney also purchased a residence on Pioneer Street with property that connected to the interior lot.
Before Doubleday Field was used as a baseball stadium and community gathering spot, several individuals and businesses used the space that is now the parking lot for their business and personal use. The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from March 1887 shows that, in addition to a wood shed and ice house, there were stables managed by the Lettis family belonging to the Central Hotel. Between 1894 and 1903, a small building was constructed at the Main Street entrance of the parking lot property. This building housed Mogavero’s fruit stand as well as Noyes Lunch in 1906.
In the 1910s, with growing interest to establish Cooperstown (and Doubleday Field in particular) as the birthplace of baseball, money was raised to purchase the field from the Phinney family, and several baseball games were played on the unimproved land. Phinney later sold the land to the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce for $5,000 in 1920.
 
4:00 p.m. Depart: Cooperstown  
    (Continue left on Main St. Take the first left again on Chestnut St. F It will become Hwy 28. Enter I-88 going right/west. Take exit 15. Turn left. Take the 1st right on Hwy 28. At the junction go right on Hwy 357. Go left on Hwy 21. In Walton go left on Delaware and an immediate right on Bridge St. Go left on Stockton/Hwy 206. It will join Hwy 30, then go right back on Hwy 206. It will join Hwy 7. In Roscoe go right on Stewart. After crossing the river go left on Hwy 124/Gulf. Go left on Huber Rd. Turn right on Hwy 149/Shandelee Rd. At Hwy 52 turn right in Youngsville. After Napa Auto Parts go left on Hwy 144. Take the 4th road right on Behr Rd. Go left on Jim Stephenson Rd. Go right on Hurd Rd to Woodstock.)  
5:45 p.m. Arrive: Bethel, NY 92
  See:
Woodstock Plaque

236 Hurd Rd.
Bethel, NY
 
    (Continue down Hurd Rd a short ways. Turn left.Parking is free and is located across Hurd Road from the museum. Just follow the signs to Museum Parking. )  
    The Bethel Woods Museum Store (10-7) $15
200 Hurd Rd
Bethel, NY
The Museum at Bethel Woods is a destination for anyone who lived through The Sixties or wished they had.
 Enjoy a snack or a full meal at our Muse Café, located in the Museum lobby. Dine at tables in the lobby or outside on our covered patio overlooking our terrace gardens and the concert Pavilion.

Looking for a unique gift or memento of your visit to The Museum at Bethel Woods? You’ll enjoy The Bindy Bazaar Museum Shop’s wide variety of high-quality items relating to the Woodstock festival or the 1960s, including jewelry, t-shirts and clothing (tie-dyed and silkscreened), books, music CDs, incense, posters, souvenirs, and more! Your purchases in the Museum Shop help support the operations and programming of the Museum. The Bindy Bazaar Museum Shop is open (no ticket necessary) during regular Museum hours.

 
    (Continue on Hurd Rd. Go left on Co Road 117/Hwy 178. Just before Hwy 17 turn right on Broadway.)  
12 minutes Arrive: Monticello, NY 13
  Lodge: Inn at Monticello $77.80
392 Broadway
Monticello, NY 12701
(845) 796-0291
(2 Double beds)
(175)

 

Day 15 Sunday July 1st  
8:00 a.m. Depart: Monticello  
    (G right on Broadway. Take the 1st right on Hamilton. Go left on Pleasant St. /Hwy 42. Go right into Hwy 17. Cross I-84. Go through Goshen. It will become Hwy 6/17. Enter I-87 go right/west (Toll road). Take the exit 66 left on Hwy 17. Enter I-80 express east. Turn right on I-95/New Jersey Turnpike (toll road). Take exit 14A left/east on I-78. Take exit 14B into Morris Pesin Dr. Follow it to the end and park.)  
9:45 a.m. Arrive: Jersey City 100
  Do: Liberty State Park-Statue of Liberty Picture
200 Morris Pesin Dr,
Jersey City, NJ 07305
 
    (Go back up Morris Pesin Dr. Just before the turnpike go left on Caven Pt. Rd. Swing left on Linden Ave and right again on Caven Point Rd. It will become Hwy 440. Cross the river. Take exit 10E left onto I-278/Staten Island Expressway. Cross New York Harbor. Take exit 16 up and over I-278 and left onto Belt Pkwy. Take exit 7 right onto Ocean Pkwy. Go right on Surf Ave.)  
45 minutes Arrive: Brooklyn 22
  See:
Coney Island
 
    (Turn around and go back on Surf Ave. Go left on Ocean Pkwy. Turn left on Shore/ Belt Pkwy. Enter I-278. Take exit 23. Turn right on 38th. Go left on 5th. The main entrance is almost to the end of the cemetery.)  
24 minutes See: Green-Wood Cemetery (7-7)
500 25th St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Trolley $20
560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.

Photography Rules:
We welcome and encourage you to take photos of Green-Wood. If you are posting them on Instagram, tag us with the hashtag #greenwoodcemetery or post to our Facebook page, The Green-Wood Cemetery, @historicgreenwood.

Professional photography (intended for publication or commercial use) is permitted only with the written consent of The Green-Wood Cemetery. The use of movie cameras, video and live models is strictly prohibited.

Please note that Green-Wood is an active and working cemetery. Please be respectful of funeral services and those visiting loved ones.

10
  Depart: Brooklyn  
    (Go right on 5th and take an immediate left on 24th. Go right into Hwy 278. Continue as it goes left across the river on the Hugh L Carey Tunnel (Toll Road)/I-478. Go left, then right on West St. In about 3 blocks on the right.)  
22 minutes   World Trade Center 4
    (Continue up West St. It will become 11th. Go right on 10th. Turn right on 38th. Turn left on 6th. Turn left on 45th. Manhatten Parking on the left. Walk left. Continue left on 45th. Turn right on Broadway.)  
  See:
Time Square
 
   
M&M Store & Hersheys Chocolate World
-Go right to 48th
 
    (Go left on Broadway. It will become 7th. Walk down another 10 blocks on 7th. Turn right on 34th. Go a block and a half. On the left.)  
   
B&H Photo
(10-6)
420 9th Ave
1 hour free parking with $100 purchase, 2 hours for $300 purchase
 
    (Turn around and go back on 34th. In 7 blocks turn right on Lexington. 4 blocks on the left.)  
  Lodge: The Hotel at New York City $227.26
161 Lexington
New York, NY
12127902710726
(2 Queens, Breakfast, $30 Parking)
1
(137)

 

 

Day 16 Monday July 2nd  
8:00 a.m. Depart: New York  
    (Go left on Lexington another block. Turn right on 29th. Turn right in 2 blocks on Madison. In 5 blocks go left on 34th. Go right and enter Hwy 495 west. Cross the Hudson River. Go left in a circle back on Hwy 495 west. Go left/south on I-95/New Jersey Turnpike. Take exit 4 right onto Hwy 73. Go left onto Hwy 90. After crossing the Delaware River take a right exit onto I-95/Delaware Expressway going left/south. Take exit 22 right. Go right on Callowhill just before the highway. In 4 blocks turn left on 6th over I-676. Just past Arch look for the parking garage on the left.)  
9:45 a.m. Arrive: Philadelphia, PA 99
    (Walk to the corner on Market.)  
  See:
Independence National Historical Park Visitor Center
(8:30-6)
Liberty Bell & Independence Hall
(9-5) $1.50
41 N 6th
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Admission to Independence Hall is by tour only. Timed entry tickets are required for Independence Hall tours from March through December. No tickets are required in January and February, after 5pm during summer hours, on July 4th, or on Thanksgiving Day. Free tickets are available on the morning of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center (first come, first served), or you may choose to reserve tickets in advance (service fee applies).
NO tickets are required for the Liberty Bell Center. Security screening is required to visit the Liberty Bell Center and the buildings on Independence Square. Tip: Maximize your visit to the park and minimize your screening time by bringing only small bags, if necessary.
 
    (From the Hall walk right on Chestnut. Just past 4th on the right. Only 2 blocks.)  
   
Benjamin Franklin Museum
(9-5) $5
Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Philadelphia’s famous founding father, the Benjamin Franklin Museum invites you to explore a variety of interactive exhibitions.

The world-class museum features personal artifacts, computer animations and hands-on displays exploring Franklin’s life as a private citizen and statesman.

Visitors can learn about the various roles Franklin filled during his lifetime, including his work as a printer, a scientist, a diplomat and a founder of civic institutions. Individual rooms in the museum reflect different aspects of Franklin’s personality and character traits, as he was known to be strategic, rebellious, curious and full of wonder.
Ghost House: Located in the courtyard outside the museum, the iconic “ghost house” is a standing steel structure designed by architects Robert Venturi and John Rauch with Denise Brown. The impressive framework traces the outlines of Franklin’s vanished house and print shop.
Admission is available at the door and must be purchased on the day of your visit. Plan to allow at least one hour for your visit. 

 
    (Walk back on Chestnut. Turn right on 5th/Independence Mall. On the right.)  
    Christ Church Burial Ground-Ben Franklin's Grave
340 N 5th
 
    (Walk right to the corner. Turn right on Arch. Just past 3rd on the left.)  
   
Betsy Ross House
(10-5) $5
239 Arch
The well-known and loved story of Betsy Ross sewing the first Stars & Stripes is tightly woven into the colorful fabric of America's rich history. The Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag, is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Tour the house and then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exciting life and times through our interactive, historical programming.
 
    (Walk right on Arch. At 6th go left to the parking garage. Go out of the parking garage back to Market. Go left. Turn right into I-95 south. Take exit 12 into the airport.)  
Optional:   Eastern State Penitentiary (10-5) $14
Explore the cellblocks and learn about the history of this facility and its relevance today.

When you arrive, you'll get an mp3 player and headset that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison's history. This audio guide, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi, contains a main audio route (for a general overview), plus additional stops for subjects like escapes, riots, sports, sexuality, and more. You are free to tour at your own pace and to listen to (or skip) stops based on your interests. The audio guide is a great way to learn about and to see Eastern State Penitentiary.

While you're taking the audio tour, you'll see artist installations throughout the property. Most of them are accompanied by audio tour stops that you can listen to for more information about the work.

While we do not have our own parking lot, there is a parking lot neighboring us that is reasonably priced. Parking costs generally range from $3.00 to $10.00 depending on the length of your stay. 

 
2:30 p.m. Depart: Downtown  
3:00 p.m. Arrive: Airport 10
  Do: Return Budget Rental Car  
Tim & Barb:      
6:00 p.m. Depart: Philadelphia (109)
  Do: Delta Flight 2854
Confirmation HKAQZE
 
9:12 p.m. Arrive: Salt Lake City  
10:10 p.m. Depart: Salt Lake City  
  Do: Delta Flight 704  
10:51 p.m. Arrive: Spokane  
Tamra:      
6:40 p.m. Depart: Philadelphia  
  Do: Southwest Flight 1497
Confirmation 5261446784979
 
9:25 p.m. Arrive: Denver  
10:40 p.m. Depart: Denver  
  Do: Southwest Flight 356  
11:55 p.m. Arrive: Spokane  
  Lodge:    

 

 

Tamra Saturday July 7th  
3:00 p.m. Do: Return Rental
Philadelphia Intl Arpt
1 Arrivals Rd,
Philadelphia, PA 19153, US
Ph: 833-338-3323
24 Hours
 
5:30 p.m. Depart: Philadelphia  
  Do: SW Flight 3670  
7:40 p.m. Arrive: Denver  
8:45 p.m. Depart: Denver  
  Do: SW Flight 5246  
10:05 p.m. Arrive: Spokane