The American West is a rough, rugged and storied land that has long spurred the imagination of travelers. The mythical geography makes both a stunning destination to visit and a vast and sometimes harsh landscape to explore. Relax and savor every minute of the beautiful journey, while learning fascinating insights about the nation’s past, with the unique experiences of Tauck’s “Ken Burns American Journeys.”
Tauck has partnered with award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, the duo that have created captivating historical documentaries, to create one-of-a-kind small group tours that highlight themes and destinations that have been explored in their films.
The famed filmmakers worked with Tauck to enhance more than 15 tours and create six tours that highlight themes in their documentaries. In addition to visiting locations first hand, guests will also enjoy expanding their knowledge of history through a selection of more than 100 exclusive film vignettes that Tauck, Burns and Duncan have created for the journeys, which feature the documentarians’ unique perspectives on the area, behind-the-scenes insights, and commentary from local experts that they rely on for their work.
“Legends of the American West” brings guests to a variety of the most legendary destinations in the country’s past. In South Dakota, a visit to Custer State Park, where 1,500 bison still roam, will showcase rare beauty that few travelers even know exists in the Black Hills. Visits to monuments such as Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial pay respect to the men who helped shape the nation.
The journey from South Dakota through Wyoming will reward you with landscapes that captivate your imagination as you leisurely enjoy the ride. The much-sought-after chance to stay at national park lodges, both in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, will put you at the doorstep of some of the most dramatic scenery America offers. Get up close to the powerful forces that have shaped the national parks and do some wildlife watching with a guided float trip down the Snake River. Become a cowboy for a day at a working cattle ranch, and get the unique thrill of walking in the footsteps of the celebrated western showman, Buffalo Bill.