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    Set in the calm waters of Plymouth Harbour along Cape Cod Bay is Plymouth, "America's Hometown" which was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims Fathers who arrived on the Mayflower.

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    Set in the calm waters of Plymouth Harbour along Cape Cod Bay is Plymouth, "America's Hometown" which was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims Fathers who arrived on the Mayflower.

    Pilgrim Memorial State Park is one of the most visited parks to visit « The Rock » and the town where we first made home in New England in 1620. In the summer months visit the Mayflower II, the replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. On board, you will meet role players in period costume who share their personal accounts of shipboard life, as they play the part of sailors or Mayflower passengers. Pilgrim Hall Museum, built in 1824, offers a chance to touch an authentic piece of Plymouth Rock and view actual 17th century Pilgrim possessions.

    After your historical tour relax on the beach or take a whale and doplin watching tour. Enjoy kayaking and canoeing, take a boat trip, have a round of golf or hike or bike on one of the many trails.

    Plymouth's downtown is full of life with restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries, gift shops and spectacular sea captain's homes. Be sure to taste the wonderful fresh lobster and seafood dishes while you are there.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Catch the Boston Red Sox in a game of baseball at their famous Fenway Park, which celebrated its millennium in 2012. Soak up the friendly but electric atmosphere as you try to work out the rules of the game!

    • Top Tip 2

      Shopaholics should head to Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace for big-name as well as eclectic stores or to Newbury Street, the most exclusive shopping street in New England. Here you’ll find unique art and craft galleries, jewellery outlets and boutiques.

    • Top Tip 3

      Cape Cod is one of the best places for a whale-watching boat trip (the season is from May to October). You may see dolphins as well as Humpback, Minke and Finback whales.

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      Escape the crowds on the more remote beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore coastline. Or, take the foot passenger ferry from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs on the boutique island of Martha's Vineyard. Hire bicycles and ride to the south shore for the beautiful beaches.

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      So much of New England is about food! Try clam chowder in famous Quincy Market Food Hall, fresh lobster anywhere in Maine and, of course, a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream made in Vermont.

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      Visit the Berkshires, Massachusetts in summer time and catch one of the many summer festivals. It’s the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the theatre festival in Stockbridge and the music festival in Tanglewood.

    • Top Tip 6

      Ride the Cog Railway to the peak of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. You'll travel above the clouds and see some spectacular scenery along the way.

    • Top Tip 8

      Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts is a living history museum which recreates an 1830’s New England rural village. Costumed staff perform the routines of everyday life of the 19th century.

    • Top Tip 9

      Visit the breathtaking millionaires’ mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, built over 100 years ago by America's wealthiest families - the Vanderbilt’s, Astor’s and Belmont’s to name but a few.

    • Top Tip 10

      Enjoy a summer boat ride aboard The Spirit of Ethan Allen or a lunch cruise on the Northern Lights cruise ship on the 125-mile long Lake Champlain.

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