Our Southern USA tours offer charm and choices that include gracious architecture, formal gardens, warm beaches, vestiges of bygone eras, and the cultural influences from many destinations.
Welcome to the South
“Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine – I look right in the heart of good old New Orleans... It has given me something to live for.” These are the words of New Orleans native and jazz giant Louis Armstrong. “Satchmo” cut his teeth in his home town’s celebrated French Quarter – an iconic place that will be forever identified as the capital of jazz, and just one of the fabled sections of this truly unique Louisiana city at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi River. To us, New Orleans is a very special place… and our travels here offer a host of Tauck Exclusives including a private culinary demonstration & lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking; a private streetcar tour along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue, joined by a New Orleans resident; a private presentation on the unique environment of the New Orleans' basin; and a private jazz experience for Tauck guests only at Preservation Hall.
As one of America’s oldest towns, Charleston, South Carolina is a history lover’s delight, chock full of stories, secrets and mysteries. Search for them along her cobblestone streets lined with centuries-old homes that lead to the harbor, past walled gardens that whisper tales of pirates, soldiers and statesmen. Charleston’s also a culinary hotspot, where you can dig into Low Country cooking in historic settings. A bit further south, Savannah – Georgia’s “First City” – holds forth with a mix of warm Southern charm, elegant architecture, and a geometric city design featuring 24 park squares graced by live oaks draped with Spanish moss. One of the first planned cities in America, Savannah preserves more than a thousand significant buildings in its National Historic Landmark District, the country’s largest… with Tauck, you’ll visit it with an expert.
Part of the larger Appalachian Mountains range on the eastern seaboard of the United States, the Blue Ridge Mountains extend between Pennsylvania and Georgia, and encompass two major national parks – Shenandoah in the north, and Great Smoky Mountains in the south. The most visited national park in the US, Great Smoky Mountains comprises one of the most beautiful and oldest places on Earth – one of the world’s best examples of a deciduous hardwood forest. In fact, the park is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an international biosphere reserve. Scenically, from its mist-shrouded “smoky” mountains to its fresh streams and miles of forests, it’s not only gorgeous, but the very definition of the word “vista.” Learn more about these mountains and 19th-century wilderness life with period interpreters at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors’ center.
More than a capital city, Washington, DC is where the ideas that founded our government and bind us together as a nation are forever expanded, redefined and debated… where America’s key institutions, landmarks and monuments reflect the motto “E Pluribus Unum” – “out of many, one.” Tauck’s travels in the nation’s capital offer perspectives on American democracy with views of such iconic Washington sights as the White House, Capitol Hill, the National Mall, the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson Memorial; a visit to the Lincoln Memorial and the poignant memorials to those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War; a tour of the fascinating Newseum, exploring the role of a free press in a free society; and a Tauck Exclusive, early admission, behind-the-scenes experience at the National Archives, including a private viewing of America’s founding documents… where the cornerstone of American democracy lies...
Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street in New Orleans, Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America’s truest art forms – Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture – presenting intimate, acoustic traditional jazz concerts over 350 nights a year, featuring ensembles of local master musicians. And during the Tauck Jazz Event, you’ll enjoy the rare privilege of a private performance for our guests only at legendary Preservation Hall!
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