10reasonstocharterbusNYC

Here are 10 things to stop and see.

If you’re chartering a bus from the Big Apple to Beantown, make sure to schedule in a few stops along the way. It’s a countryside rich with history, museums, and famous institutions, all of which are on many people’s bucket lists to see. Before you and your group head out on the road, take a moment to plan your adventure.

Here are a few ideas to get you started, starting with the spots closest to New York City.

#1 Greenwich

Greenwich is simply a beautiful town, as well as one of the wealthiest in the country. When people say “old money”, this is where lots of it resides. This being New England, there is no shortage of museums in Greenwich, either.

One in particular may interest some of your group: the Bush-Holley House, which is also where the Greenwich Historical Society makes its headquarters. You may take tours of the house, which also has exhibits …but the best part is the gardens!

Greenwich is also home to some pretty snazzy boutique shopping, if your group is up for it. Have your charter bus driver let the group off at “the Ave”, as the shopping district is called.

#2 Yale University

You don’t have to be a brainiac to get into Yale…not if you take the tour! This is one of the oldest universities in the country, and many famous and important people have graduated from here: Presidents, Noah Webster, Eli Whitney, and more.

There is a free one-hour guided tour or of you want to simply do-it-yourself there are maps at the Visitors Center. The campus also has some notable architecture, and you can savor the feeling of living an elite student’s life as you listen to the carillon sounding out every hour.

Since you’re in a college town, there are good eats everywhere in town, too.

#3 Old Lyme

Old Lyme is another historical town along the coast in Connecticut. They have something different from the rest, however: Sculpture Grounds.

Enjoy the 100+ outdoor sculptures fantastically placed around gardens and courtyards. They make for a delightful afternoon of strolling and taking in the sights. It’s four and a half acres, all of which is gorgeously landscaped. It’s fun no matter what the weather.

#4 Mystic Seaport Museum

This is considered by many to be the best maritime museum in the country. Visitors may climb aboard historic ships from the 1800s- called “tall ships”. You may have even seen the tall ships in NYC.

In Mystic, there is also a re-created 19th century village that gives visitors the idea of what it was like to live during the era of these tall ships. Alternatively, if the tall ships really capture your imagination, you may be able to see a working preservation shipyard in action.

Those who really love the tall ships may book a tour on one, cruising down the Mystic River. There is also the Maritime Art Gallery, which of course features maritime-related art.

#5 Foxwoods Resort Casino

This area of Connecticut is a hotspot of casinos. You can stop at Foxwoods, and then do Mohegan Sun if you like. If your charter bus group only has time for one casino, make it Foxwoods. They have a museum that’s great, especially if you have charter members who don’t want to gamble. Bonus points if you can pronounce the name of the museum:

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.

This museum has 85,000 square feet of exhibitions including a simulated glacial crevasse complete with chilled air, dripping water, and glacier sounds! Don’t miss the life-size replicas of actual dire wolves (you know, the giant wolves featured on TV show Game of Thrones).

As for Foxwoods casino itself, there are A-list shows, dining, and the famous Fox Tower if our group wants to stop over and spend a night in sizzling luxury.  OH, and there’s gambling, too.

#6 Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is a town so beautiful with well-preserved historical mansions people come here just to drive down the streets and gaze. Do yourself a favor and have your bus driver take a detour to this town.

Plan ahead and get an audio tour- have it keyed into the charter bus’s PA system and you’ve got yourself a fine afternoon gawking at the grand historic mansions of Newport.

#7 Providence, RI

Now here is where you may have to make a choice, unless you’re going to have your charter bus driver backtrack after you hit Providence. After leaving Newport, you can swing northeast to Sagamore Beach, on the Massachusetts coast, or you can head directly north and see the capitol of Rhode Island, the vibrant, cool city of Providence.

Providence is a wonderful city, with two elite colleges (RISD and Brown University), boat tours, a zoo and tons of history to absorb. Take your pick- anything you choose to do in this delightful city is sure to please.

#8 Sagamore Beach

Don’t have time for a big detour down Cape Cod to the famous beaches? That’s OK- you can do Sagamore Beach instead. It’s conveniently located in Bourne, just after all the turnoffs to Cape Cod, if you’re driving north towards Boston. In other words, you hardly have to detour at all.

After the casinos, the university tour, the museums or whatever you may have done up to this point in your charter bus trip, the beach makes a nice quiet interlude with nature. You and your group can rest up, relax, take in the sand between your toes, and recharge before you hit Beantown.

#9 Fall River

Fall River has a lot going for it, like history, lots of maritime-related things to see (there’s Battleship Cove, an impressive collection of historic naval ships, for example) and a railroad museum.

But for those who’ve heard of the infamous Lizzie Borden, touring her house is quite the thrill. In case you’re not up to speed on your historical crime drama, she’s the one who was accused (but acquitted) of axe-murdering her parents in the late 1800s. To this day, nobody has ever found out who really did it.

#10 Plymouth, Mass.

Since you’re in the neighborhood after visiting Sagamore Beach, you can’t miss Plymouth. The Mayflower landed here, which makes it one of the most important historical spots in the nation…definite bucket list material!

If you happen to hit Plymouth on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, try and make the Pilgrim Food Tours. You get a history lesson, architecture walk, and culture talk…plus some of the best food and beverage spots in town.

And lest you think it’s all about Pilgrims, there’s more to do in Plymouth. Check out King Richard’s Faire, a Renaissance festival in nearby Carver, Mass. It’s 80 acres of woods with historical entertainment, food, and shopping. But it’s only open in September and October, so plan ahead.

…and on to Boston!

At this point, you and your charter bus group are only 48 minutes away from Boston. It’s pretty much suburbs from here on out, so you’re best just completing your journey at this point and making it to your destination.

Hope you had fun on your charter bus tour from NYC to Boston- if you make the trip, tell us how it went!