Postings Tagged USA


Exotic America

I grew up in the middle of America far from any ocean or mountains, far, I thought, from anything that mattered. It seemed like everything that happened happened somewhere besides the Midwest. I wanted to travel to places where things were happening. In my fantasies I traveled the world, to all the exotic places I had learned of in books or movies....
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Discovering America: Where to Begin?

Some people say they have “done” France and cross if off their bucket lists after visiting Paris. I’m not a big fan of that kind of bucket list. By that logic, someone could cross the USA off their bucket list after visiting Los Angeles. And they would know about as much about America as an ant knows about an elephant.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 4/6/2017
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, USA, National Parks

Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration Three Generations

When you come from a landlocked city and state, the thought of a trip to Hawaii is ocean, white sand beaches, ocean, pink sand beaches, more ocean, tropical breezes, and did I mention the ocean… Throughout the years, my family thought of Hawaii as the ultimate destination for the ultimate dream trip to experience a magical tropical...
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Posted by Ann Kinner on 12/7/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hawaii, USA, Travel, WWII

Where it’s Memorial Day…
365 Days a Year

With all the parades, barbecues, holiday sales and general hoopla that has come to characterize the Memorial Day weekend as the annual kickoff to the summer season throughout the U.S., it’s become easy to lose sight of the true purpose of the observance… to remember and honor those Americans who have given their lives in the service of...
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"Memories of Mount Rushmore"
by Tauck Director Elizabeth Goetsch

When I was 10 years old, my Girl Scout troop went to Mount Rushmore. I said “went” but the trip involved so much more. We had to plan the trip (each step of planning fueled my anticipation!). We had to read and research about where we were going (at a library, as nobody in my troop had heard of the internet then). We had to raise money ...
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"My Most Memorable Family Travel Moment” by Tauck Director
Elizabeth Goetsch

As a Tauck Director, I am incredibly familiar with the itineraries I run. I am often asked if I get bored running the same tour over and over. I don't get bored, as each week feels different than the week before. With all the familiarity of the tour I sometimes forget that I, too, can be moved by the same experiences as my guests.
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Wildlife Viewing in the Yellowstone Winter

It was the week of the full moon when I took the tour of Yellowstone in winter, and with the moon reflecting brightly from mountains blanketed with snow, it was as exotic as any place I have ever seen. It was an enchanted world, so drastically different from my customary frame of reference it was as if I’d been transported to another planet, ...
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Get a Taste of the
National Parks at Home!

It goes without saying that an escorted tour to America’s national parks is a visual feast. But while your eyes gorge on gorges like the Grand Canyon, a deep dish of layered sand and limestone cascading one mile down; rock candy landscapes peppered with a salt lake (think Utah, home to five national parks and dusted with deserts and an &ldquo...
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Alaska: Where Frontier Wildlife Live On

When Disneyland shared the news that some Frontierland attractions would be closed in 2016, I began thinking about the changed nature of the Western frontier. The West is where young men were once told to go, with a promise of natural riches: abundant beauty, resources and wildlife. And the good news is that in Alaska, natural beauty, resources an...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 2/18/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Travel, USA, Wild Life

The Kentucky Derby: Tradition Reigns at the “Run for the Roses”

To me, from the wonderful “big hats” worn – and Mint Juleps sipped – by spectators at Louisville’s Churchill Downs to the garland of red roses adorning the winning horse, the Kentucky Derby is all about tradition. Some of the Derby’s many time-honored traditions date all the way back to the famous annual thorough...
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Wishing a very happy birthday to America's National Park Service...

The National Park Service turns 100 in 2016, shining a spotlight on those national treasures gifted to us by statesmen and visionaries like John Muir who said: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” We believe that, and so do the thousands of guests who have not only visited the parks with us since 1925, but also helped us &ld...
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Holiday Cookies From Us to You

It’s a tradition that dates back centuries and one that never fails to bridge cultures and countries with a taste of good tidings and heartfelt holiday cheer. I’m talking cookies… spritzed, sprinkled, shaped, sugared and shared, neighbor-to-neighbor, in the spirit of the giving season. Christmas cookies, or biscuits as they are...
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Enjoy Delicious Holiday Recipes from Around the World

We’re dishing up some of our favorite around-the-world holiday recipes… so you can enjoy them at home! Travel is all about experiencing a taste of life in new destinations. So it comes as no surprise that, for many of us, food plays a big role in the memories we bring home with us after our travels afar. If you’ve been dreaming o...
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The National Parks and
the American Story

With only months away from the US National Park Service celebrating their Centennial year in 2016, I’ve been thinking a lot about America’s national parks and monuments, and what a treasure they are to we citizens of these United States. Because sometimes we might take them for granted, forgetting the often decades-long struggles that h...
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Considering Culturious? Consider This!

What makes Culturious group travel a different kind of Tauck experience? I thought it might be helpful to share the perspectives of some recent Culturious travelers who are also very experienced Tauck travelers.
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25 Places Around the World
With Jules Verne... and Tauck

Given the great speed at which we can routinely travel these days – by jet aircraft, high-speed rail, modern trans-oceanic cruise ships, etc. – the idea of circumnavigating the globe within 80 days may seem trite… and certainly not nearly as daunting as it did back in 1873, when the great science fiction pioneer Jules Verne's cl...
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Museums Kids Will Love – Really!

When families travel together, one of the big challenges is to make museums enjoyable for all ages – because, frankly, if the kids aren’t having fun, nobody’s having fun. But if just the mention of the word “museum” causes your children’s eyes to glaze over, you are not alone. Traditional museums tend to give my...
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Arthur Tauck’s Memories of the
Road Trip that Launched a New Industry

No matter how often I tell the story of the first Tauck tour, I find myself chuckling at the image of my traveling salesman father, born Arthur Tauchnitz, taking my grandmother Theresa, my sister Meredith, a Bristol Myers employee who heard about the trip from my mother, a worker at Prudential who was recruited by another of our relatives who worke...
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Art in the Heart of
Grand Teton National Park

What do the Smithsonian Institution, Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir Elton John have in common? All three own works by artist DG House – known for her vibrant paintings of Western wildlife and one of the distinguished American Indian artists-in-residence in Grand Teton National Park whom Tauck guests are meeting at Tauck Exclusive private present...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 5/14/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, National Parks, USA, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Luxury Hotels with Everything – Including Ghosts

Luxury hotels offer many a worldly pleasure, but only a select few can be described as otherworldly.  With Halloween on the horizon, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite haunted luxury hotels… Read on, if you dare…
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 10/29/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hotels, USA, Europe, Canada

Fall for New England Fall Foliage

I was eighteen and ready for anything. But nothing had prepared me for my first sight of New England fall foliage aflame with colors, spread before me like an unexpected gift. Yes, I’d grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area and gone to school in the English countryside, so I was lucky enough to have always lived surrounded by natural beauty. ...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/11/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Fall Foliage, New England, USA

The Islands of Hawaii: America's Dream Vacation

It's hardly surprising that winter-weary Americans are pining for an exotic getaway. But their ideal destination doesn't require vaccinations or even a passport: according to a new poll, an overwhelming number of Americans dream of vacationing on the islands of Hawaii. And who can blame them? The 50th state – replete with a tropical climate, ...
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While Most Americans Vacation Close to Home, Their Dreams Travel Farther

America is, famously, a nation of dreamers. We play the lottery, design overly large houses and flock to movies with clichéd -- but happy! -- endings. It seems that our relentless optimism also extends into our leisure time:  According to a new poll, while many Americans are happily taking modest vacations relatively close to home, we c...
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Why We Love Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park and Beyond

Unbelievable scenery... majestic wildlife... real cowboys... The spirit of the American West is alive and well in Wyoming – and ready to be discovered. With spectacular Yellowstone National Park, authentic dude ranches, frontier cities, and much more, Wyoming offers visitors some of nature’s most miraculous gifts – and some o...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/27/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: National Parks, USA, Travel, Nature

Niagara Falls:
How to Take the Best Photo

More than 13 million people visit Niagara Falls each year. They come from all over the world to see North America's largest waterfall, and they all have one common goal: Take a great - no, make that amazing! and unique! - photo to commemorate their Falls visit.
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Posted by Jessica Reaves - freelance writer for Tauck on 10/25/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: How-To, USA, Photos

Oh Susanna... A Taste of the Old South in Savannah

Culinary celebrities describe southern cooking as “hospitality on a plate” alluding to the abundance of comfort food you’ll find on menus in the south. Accomplished chefs like Savannah’s own “caterer to the stars,” Susan Mason, author of the Silver Service cookbook, have created a banquet of recipes that make mou...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 9/19/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Food, USA

Finding Life Anew,
Under the Santa Fe Sky

What does it take to pull up roots – after 28 years – to move someplace new, all on your own? “Guts,” say some. “Really?” asked others. “Some are impressed, some are surprised and some are envious.” One daughter never believed she’d do it; the other said, “Sounds nice. Why not?”
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 6/20/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, USA, Food, Solo Travel

Outtakes – Filmmaker Ken Burns and Hidden Gems of New England

One of the things we like best about our partnership with filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan is crafting new tours. Hidden Gems of New England, debuting this month, is one of our newest – and we have to admit, one of our favorites. Travelers on this trip visit so many of the places intertwined with their films – Mark Twain, The Nati...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 6/14/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Connecticut, Fall Foliage, USA

Where it’s Memorial Day… 365 Days a Year

With all the parades, barbecues, holiday sales and general hoopla that has come to characterize the Memorial Day weekend as the annual kickoff to the summer season throughout the U.S., it’s become easy to lose sight of the true purpose of the observance, first established a few years after the end of the Civil War… to remember and hono...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 5/24/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, USA

Where Is Your Favorite “Cobblestone” Street?

The name comes from “cob,” an Old English word that meant – among other things – “rounded lump.” But from the 15th century on, “cobblestone” has referred to the smooth, often rounded stones that were commonly used to pave roads centuries ago. Whether it’s tucked away in some out-of-the-way neigh...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 4/25/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Cuba, Europe, USA

Hitting The Perfect High Note With Tauck

When CherylAnne Williams learned that Tauck had partnered with the filmmaker Ken Burns to produce travel experiences exploring the themes of his films, she was immediately intrigued. “I knew if you combined Tauck and Ken Burns you’d get something pretty cool,” she reasoned. The youthful and exuberant 64-year-old CherylAnne was alr...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 3/8/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck Events, Travel, USA

Visit America's Top Presidential Places

In honor of the recent observation of President’s Day, I thought I’d share some pretty cool Presidential places to visit inside, as well as outside, the U.S. They’ll take you into the lives of some of our nation’s Commanders in Chief, and really appeal to the history buff in me (and perhaps in you, too). Now, because it incl...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 2/21/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: USA, Travel

Winter in Yellowstone is Hot!!!

Last week we mused about the fun you can have outdoors when the temperatures drop and landscapes don their winter-white wear, when, much to our delight, we heard from Tauck guests Keith Harding and his wife who were writing to us from their first night on Wonderland: Yellowstone in Winter. We are happy to pass along their posts and photo tags&...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 1/18/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: National Parks, Nature, USA, Small Group Travel

Hawaii… Pearl Harbor… Three Generations

When you come from a landlocked city and state, the thought of a trip to Hawaii is ocean, white sand beaches, ocean, pink sand beaches, more ocean, tropical breezes, and did I mention the ocean… Throughout the years, my family thought of Hawaii as the ultimate destination for the ultimate dream trip to experience a magical tropical...
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Posted by Ann Kinner on 12/7/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hawaii, USA

The Gift of Giving Back

I have always gotten great pleasure out of helping and doing for others.  It’s just who I am.   When I was growing up, my friends knew they could count on me.  When I was in college, it went beyond my friends to the community - I volunteered on a crisis hotline.  In graduate school and through the early part of my professi...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 11/29/2012
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: National Parks, USA

Celebrating 50 years of marriage with Tauck

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tauck traveler, Mrs. Ginny Morin, regarding the recent trip that she and her husband, Jim, shared with their entire family, in honor of 50 years of marriage – Mary-Frances Walsh
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 11/1/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, USA, National Parks

These Tauck Luxury Hotels Have Everything – Including Ghosts!

With Halloween drawing near, we’ve surveyed our global team of Tauck Directors to get their suggestions for a list of the world’s “Top Haunted Luxury Hotels.”  Each year we have over 200 Tauck Directors traveling in some 70 different countries worldwide, and they average over 10 years experience with our company, so they’re uniquely qualifi...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 10/24/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hotels, USA, Europe, Canada

Fall Foliage and its Mythical "Peak"

As a product manager charged with choreographing our New England itineraries, I can tell you with some authority that fall foliage is in Tauck’s blood.  Our founder, Arthur Tauck, Sr., was inspired to offer his very first tour (limited to six guests!) while enjoying views of fall foliage in 1924 along the Mohawk Trail in western Massachuset...
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Posted by Guest Blogger on 10/11/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Nature, Fall Foliage, USA

Top Ten "Extreme Views" in the USA & Canada

Life-changing memories sometimes come from short-lived “highs” – or so many guests have told us… like the friendship born when two solo travelers met (over a fear of heights) on a tramway headed 10,000 ft.+ straight up over the Rio Grande. There are views that “wow” across North America, but experiencing them with fellow travelers can present l...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/20/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Nature, Travel, USA, Canada

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