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Sea to shining sea: Must-see North America tours for summer travelers

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Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:38 am, Wed Sep 10, 2014.

(BPT) - From California’s Gold Coast to New England’s charming seaside towns, and from the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country to the thrilling frontier lands of Alaska, North America is filled from “sea to shining sea” with sights and experiences to thrill travelers of all age groups and tastes.

Each region of the continent offers something special for travelers. If you’re considering booking a tour of North America this year, don’t overlook these must-see destinations in key areas:

New England and the North

A New England vacation offers travelers the chance to experience some of America’s most engaging history. Whether you choose to explore the seafaring culture of Nantucket, the luxuries of Martha’s Vineyard or the extravagance of Newport’s Gilded Age mansions, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in New England.

An eight-day Tauck tour of Cape Cod, the Islands and Newport takes in the most memorable locations of this coastal section of New England. The tour takes travelers from Boston, a key city in the American Revolution, to the salt marshes, beaches and picturesque, yacht-filled harbors of Martha’s Vineyard. Indulge in whale-watching off Provincetown and immerse yourself in maritime lore in New Bedford and Newport.

Slightly west of New England, New York provides another great option: an exploration of the scenic, historic towns that hug the banks of the legendary Hudson River. Beginning in Montreal, Canada, and traveling south to New York City, a tour of the Hudson River Valley offers an unparalleled variety of scenery and attractions. Stroll Montreal’s 17th-century cobblestone streets. Savor the unique experience of the region’s amazing lakes, including Lake George, Lake Placid and Blue Mountain Lake. Walk in the footsteps of American magnates and iconic politicians at John D. Rockefeller’s sprawling stone mansion, Kykuit, in Tarrytown or FDR’s lifelong home in Hyde Park, N.Y.

The American West

The American frontier is alive and well in Alaska, at the northern end of North America’s western coast. Further south, America’s rich history remains evident in California’s storied Gold Coast, and in the breathtaking landscape of Yellowstone National Park as well as the Black Hills that surround Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.  If you’re planning an exploration of the American West, your biggest challenge may lie in deciding where to begin and what to see.

The South

From the laidback atmosphere of old Charleston to the shade-filled squares of Savannah to the pounding excitement of the Kentucky Derby and Bluegrass Country, the American south is a diverse and engaging region.

Cruise Charleston Harbor and visit venerable plantations. Savor Savannah’s one-of-a-kind park squares and historic waterfront district. Watch thoroughbreds run for the roses at the Kentucky Derby. Discover the history and tragedy of the American Civil War at the Gettysburg battlefield, Appomattox Court House and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. Indulge in beignets and the laidback lifestyle of the Big Easy in New Orleans. Relive Revolutionary days in colonial Williamsburg and stroll the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

There is much to see and do in every region of the continent, and a travel company such as Tauck that specializes in all-inclusive tours can provide you with “insider” access to unique experiences, deliver the best that each region has to offer, and ensure you travel hassle-free while enjoying a more interesting and enriching trip. With nearly 90 years of experience in the travel industry, Tauck takes care of all the planning, arranges all your sightseeing, accommodations and on-tour transportation, and leaves you more time to enjoy and appreciate your favorite North American destinations. Visit www.tauck.com to learn more.

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