Ken Burns American Journeys
"You and I own some of the most spectacular landscape on Earth, and we are obligated as co-owners to every once and awhile go out and make sure our property is being taken care of – and most importantly, introduce the next generation to it."
– Filmmaker Ken Burns
Ken Burns American Journeys –
Exclusive Guided Trips To America’s National Parks
In 2010, we approached award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan about joining together to develop special travel experiences around the themes of their documentary films. Together, five years later, we’ve enhanced 13 journeys and created over 100 original film vignettes ("Stories by Ken Burns"), created six tours ("Crafted by Tauck and Ken Burns") and developed special events ("Ken Burns Events") with Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan; they connect guests with destinations in deep and lasting ways. In 2016, our partnership continues to flourish.
Their acclaimed film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea took them over 10 years to create. Tapping into this, with Ken Burns American Journeys they share their unique perspectives, behind-the-scenes insights and their extensive network of local experts to maximize your travel experience in the National Parks in ways that add layers of meaning and appreciation. The resulting experiences can change the way you view the world – and maybe even yourself.
Ken Burns American Journeys include National Park Service sites such as national parks, national monuments, national memorials, national military parks and battlefield sites, national seashores, national scenic trails and more; there are three different components of our partnership:
Crafted By Tauck And Ken Burns
Filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan worked with Tauck to choreograph new trips based on the themes of the films of Ken Burns – Hidden Gems of New England, a special journey through the heart of New England, Ken Burns's "backyard"; travels through six national parks on Spirit of the Desert: The National Parks of the Southwest; an unforgettable wintertime adventure in Yellowstone National Park on Tauck Culturious' Wonderland: Yellowstone in Winter; and a unique trip through Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon national parks on Yosemite and Sequoia: John Muir's California; new-for-2016 journeys through Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee – Bluegrass and Blue Ridges: Louisville to Nashville – and a trip that explores the meaning of freedom and America's story, In Freedom's Footsteps: Philadelphia to Washington, DC.
Stories by Ken Burns
On the following journeys we're pleased to bring you "Stories by Ken Burns," filmed narrative vignettes by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. This original content is produced exclusively for Tauck; the vignettes deepen your travel experience by sharing Ken and Dayton's own personal stories, in-depth perspectives and reflections about the people and events that shaped America. You'll go behind-the-scenes of their films such as The National Parks: America's Best Idea, The Roosevelts, Jazz, Baseball, Mark Twain, The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God, Prohibition with insights that you won't get anywhere else – or if traveling on your own. Our "Stories by Ken Burns" vignettes vary by journey; you'll find them featured on:
California's Gold Coast
Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park
Charleston / Savannah
Grand New England
Legends of the American West
Majestic California: The Pacific, Redwoods & Yosemite
New Orleans: Bayous & The Big Easy
Red Rocks & Painted Canyons
The Hudson Valley
Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
Yellowstone & the Tetons: American Safari
Ken Burns Events
Ken Burns Events are co-created by Tauck and filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. Intricately crafted and well-choreographed, they are based in one destination and are theme-driven around the subjects of their films including The Roosevelts, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Jazz, Brooklyn Bridge and others, featuring exclusive access and unique travel experiences. The events combine themed small group sightseeing tracks by day with exclusive private gala evening events held in outstanding venues, and include multiple-night stays at premier accommodations in the best locations.
Ken Burns Events are co-created by Tauck and filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. Intricately crafted and well-choreographed, they are based in one destination and are theme-driven around the subjects of their films – in 2016, The Tauck Chicago Event is based on Prohibition, Jazz, and Frank Lloyd Wright – and feature exclusive access and unique travel experiences. The events combine themed small group sightseeing tracks by day with exclusive private gala evening events held in outstanding venues, and include multiple-night stays at premier accommodations in the best locations.
Tauck, Ken Burns and America's National Parks
Ken and Dayton recently shared some of their thoughts on why the national parks are so special and why guests travel on Ken Burns American Journeys:
Ken: We feel really privileged as filmmakers, and as Americans, to be able to tell the stories of our complicated history. I think Ken Burns American Journeys permit us to share some of the knowledge that we’ve accumulated by providing travel experiences that aren’t the same as a travel log or just a map detailing how to get there. We’re drawn to the National Parks because they essentially capture something human. There’s something both active and dramatic, contemplative and interior, expansive and spectacular, intimate and spiritual.
Dayton: What we try to create with Ken Burns American Journeys is an opportunity for travel experiences that are not just memorable but are life-changing for people, experiences that affect you in a way you don’t necessarily expect. People who go to a National Park see us reflected at our best, so there is a sense of patriotism… it brings us together in ways that very few things left in our society can.
Ken: The idea that we could design something that may alter the way someone sees the National Parks, to have them see the parks in the way that Dayton and I are able to, is thrilling. I don’t think that you can get the kind of in-depth tour that we create anywhere else. We’ve seen these places in the middle of the night and at dawn and at sunset, and we’ve had to negotiate aspects that I think make the experience richer and more complete. We think that with these tours, with the subjects we introduce to you, you’ll get an idea of what is so exceptional about this country. I want someone who goes on these tours to have a profound appreciation for our country, its history and its beauty.