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Backroad Discovery Tours

Manchester Visitors' Center, 39 Bonnet Street, Manchester, VT 05255
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Ranked #1 of 7 Activities in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
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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.
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Columbus, Ohio
4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Sharon was the best tour guide in the world!!! We learned so much about Vermont, and she made it fun as well as educational. We never would have seen the things or places where she took us. This was our first trip to Vermont and this tour made it even more memorable! I forgot to mention that the foliage was... More

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Portland Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This was a great way to see the Countryside. On our own we never would have found the places we saw on this outting. I won't go into any detail in that regard so as not to spoil the surprise. Our tour guide, Sharon was great. She provided a lot of history along the way. She was a good driver,... More

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New York City, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Sharon and her husband took our group to some fabulous hidden gems in southern Vermont. They were extremely personable guides taking time to chat with all of us. They were knowledgeable when it came to the area which helped us enjoy the tour even more. We saw the marble query, Merck park where we saw maple syrup production and through... More

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Apopka, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Our first visit to Manchester, Vermont. This was a great way to spend an afternoon in Manchester. Sharon our tour guide was wonderful. The tour covered sites that one would never see or experience on their own. Sharon was very informative and interesting. The fall foliage was wonderful and Sharon took us to places that were unique to the Manchester... More

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Manchester Center is nice if you're into shopping but the real charm and true character of Vermont seems to be in the country and on the back roads! This tour came highly recommended and for good reason. We called too late to really expect anything but Sharon was so accommodating! We had a lovely afternoon seeing the real side of... More

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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I had been to Manchester a number of times but always on the main roads. The tour did indeed show me the back roads that I had never seen before. Lots of fun. Bought a pair of alpaca sox too.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

What a great tour to get a sense of the Manchester area. Sharon was extremely knowledgeable, interesting, and very nice. We would have missed out on a lot of cool sights had it not been for this tour, and Sharon also had some great recommendations for other things to see in the area. My husband and I were unsure of... More

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Port Jefferson Station, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My wife and I went on the 1PM Southern Vermont Sampler Tour. Sharon arrived at the Manchester Visitor Center about 10 minutes before the tour was scheduled to start to meet and pick up the tour participants (the tour begins and ends at the Visitor's Center). The three hour tour went by very quickly and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There... More

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Ossining, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Sharon is the owner and guide, and we've never met a lovelier stranger. We were hesitant to go on the tour with our infant daughter because she's not keen on car rides these days, but Sharon assured us that we would only be in the bus for short spurts. She also patiently waited for us since we were running late,... More

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Baldwinsville, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My husband and I only had one day in Manchester, and I am so glad we chose to spend it doing this tour! Sharon is so much fun and gives a real insider's view of the area. She is so informative and entertaining, and she took us to places we would have never known about otherwise. I had read some... More

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