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Backroad Discovery Tours

Manchester Visitors' Center, 39 Bonnet Street, Manchester, VT 05255
802-362-4997
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Ranked #1 of 6 activities in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: This tour is an Editors' pick for Yankee Travel Magazine. If you have only a couple of days in the area, this tour is a must. Our 4-seasons "Southern... more » Owner description: This tour is an Editors' pick for Yankee Travel Magazine. If you have only a couple of days in the area, this tour is a must. Our 4-seasons "Southern Vermont Sampler Tour" will help you discover the region's best-kept secrets while exploring the Vermont backroads. During each season, there are many fascinating stops along the way. Our local guide will entertain you with fun facts, history & local lore. Discover why Vermont is called, "The State of Mind!" $35pp. Advance reservations are necessary(limited to 8-11 passengers). Email or call for dates/times/details/reservations. « less
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Barrington, Rhode Island
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My husband & I booked this tour knowing we would visit places we have experienced before on our many beloved trips to Manchester and the surrounding towns. Sharon, our tour guide, has first hand knowledge of the area having been a resident over many years. We learned so many little tid-bits of information that we had not known and because... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Sharon gives you a terrific view of small town life in Vermont. You see things you would never have sought out on your own. You learn things about the Green Mountain State that a tourist would never find. She is engaging, and warm. This was a great way to pass some time and not do all the driving yourself!

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Great Neck, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I recently returned from my annual trip with life long friends. This was our first trip to Manchester. I usually spend hours trying to find interesting, informative, and out of the way places to accommodate all of our interests. Our Inn recommended Sharon from Backroad Discovery Tours and what a terrific recommendation it was. Sharon should be the ambassador for... More

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Pennsylvania, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

On our recent summer trip to Vermont, my wife and I decided to book the Southern Vermont Sampler Tour with Backroad Discovery Tours. We tried to book the Winter/Spring Sampler tour on several of our yearly ski trips but could not seem to hook up with them. Our tour guide, Sharon, suggested we meet at the Manchester Visitor Center and... More

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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My friends and myself planned a trip to VT. It was suggested to that we contact Sharon of the Backroad Discovery Tours. We did and had the most wonderful time. We never would have found the beautiful and interesting places that Sharon took us to. The entire tour far exceeded our expectations. Sharon was a wonderful sport; stopping to take... More

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Stamford, Connecticut
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25 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Thank you to Sharon, our guide, for a wonderful day of touring and information. We have been to Manchester on several occasions, but never realized there was so much more to see. We shared the trip with a young family with two lovely little girls and they enjoyed as much as us seniors did. Before you do anything else, take... More

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Mansfield Center, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Backroad discovery tours is a fun and cost efficient way to take in some of the natural beauty and local culture Southern Vermont has to offer. The tour takes a few hours and is run by a very outgoing and knowledgable woman. The tour leaves from the visitor center in Manchester and makes a loop through southern Vermont stopping at... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This being our first trip to Vermont we decided to book a tour of the area. How very lucky we were, the other couple due to join the tour couldn't make it and so we had the absolute privilege of have Sharon's wonderful company all to ourselves. Apart from being so knowledgeable about the area, she is an absolute joy... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

A group of friends and I went on this tour last weekend and had a spectacular time. Sharon was so knowledgeable about every single question that the group had, and always kept teaching us about the towns and history of Manchester without skipping a beat! We made quite a few stops along the way including our two favorites: the maple... More

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Plano, TX
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We took the Fall Foliage Tour with Sharon and wound up seeing the Vermont we came for. Of course we've enjoyed the more touristy attractions, but with Sharon, we saw a landscape that we might have otherwise missed. One of the highlights of our entire trip was the drive through golden maples on the way to the maple sugaring house.... More

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