The Northeast has plenty of walking tours that will take you, well, off the beaten path. Consider:
▪ New England Curiosities’ haunted history walking tours include Haunted Pubs of Portsmouth and the Wicked Haunted Waterfront Tour in Portsmouth, N.H. The Haunted Pubs tour serves up a glass of Portsmouth’s tavern and brewery history and ghostly tales, while the Wicked Haunted Waterfront Tour re-creates the city’s rough and gritty seaport of Colonial times. Tour prices range from $15 to $20 and must be booked in advance. Details: www.newenglandcuriosities.com.
▪ Boston Chocolate Tours offers the Great Boston Cupcake Crawl Saturday mornings at 11. The 2 1/2-hour walking tour highlights some of Boston’s most famous neighborhoods and landmarks, along with the history of cupcakes, how they’re created, and what the specialties are of each tour destination (you'll get samples as you go). The tour is $55; advance tickets are required. Details: www.bostonchocolatetours.com.
▪ The Wicked Walking Tours in Portland, Maine, feature guides/performance artists who turn factual dark history dating from the 1600s into theater and stand-up comedy. Tours are $18; tickets must be purchased in advance. Details: www.wickedwalkingtours.com.
In Hartford, Conn., the Shoeleather History Project conducts “Radical Walking Tours.” One introduces the solidarity priest and the radical rabbi, a doctor who was a Puerto Rican revolutionary, struggles of women factory workers, along with Mark Twain, baseball and more. There is a suggested donation of $10. Details: www.shoeleatherhistoryproject.com.