Land Journeys & Small Ship Cruises


Getting right to the heart of the USA, our Midwestern tours take you from the shoreline of Lake Michigan to the timeless sights seen in South Dakota including the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore.

Eastern United States Escorted Tours
Mackinac Island

Welcome to the Midwest

America's vast midwestern region, in the heart of the United States... where time has stood still on charming Mackinac Island... where the beauty of Lake Michigan is enhanced by the glacially carved dunes... and further west where the largest stone carving in the world exists, Crazy Horse Monument... and to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where a larger than life presidential memorial pays tribute to four former US presidents.

Lake Michigan

Meet mighty Lake Michigan

The second-largest of the Great Lakes by volume (after Lake Superior) and third-largest by surface area (after Lake Huron), Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes completely inside the US. Since the 19th century, Lake Michigan has played a pivotal role in shipping, transportation and trade across the US, and helped Chicago become a dominant force in the Midwest and throughout the country. Some 12 million people live along its shores, and depend on the lake not only for its commercial and transportation value, but for its scenic beauty, the dunes and beaches along its shorelines, and the myriad recreation opportunities it offers.

The Henry Ford

Innovation is the word at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village – a.k.a. "The Henry Ford" – is an award-winning, state-of-the-art museum in Dearborn, Michigan, founded by industrialist Henry Ford. Its interactive exhibits are dedicated to innovation – not just in machines, but in trailblazers who shaped the world we live in. Within its nine acres of exhibition space, you can step aboard the Montgomery bus in which civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat; make yourself at home in Buckminster Fuller's autonomous Dymaxion House; discover the science behind Pixar animation and motors that moved the nation; and see the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop, Thomas Edison's laboratory, Igor Sikorsky's prototype helicopter, the house Henry Ford was born in, and the courthouse where Abe Lincoln practiced law! Attached to the complex is Greenfield Village, a fine living museum of Americana.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Step back in time on Michigan's Mackinac Island

Vehicle-free Mackinac Island – off the Michigan coast in the Straits of Mackinac connecting Lakes Michigan and Huron – has been a popular retreat since 19th-century industrialists built imposing summer "cottages" here, and remains serenely lost in time. The only way to get around is by foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage, as you make your way past impeccable Victorian mansions and out to the fringes of forest, marshes, beaches and 19th-century Fort Mackinac. The island is home to the palatial Grand Hotel, which lays claim to the longest porch in the world. Since 1887, the Grand has hosted many presidents, as well as the likes of Mark Twain and Thomas Edison (who first demonstrated his phonograph on the hotel's iconic porch).

Chicago, Illinois

My kind of town, Chicago is...

Whether you call it the "Windy City," the "City of Big Shoulders," America's "Second City," or just plain Chicago, this Illinois city at the southern tip of Lake Michigan gained prominence during America's great westward expansion of the 19th century, when it became the growing nation's stockyards and the Midwest's industrial and transportation center… and eventually, one of the largest and most influential cities in the country. Following 1871's disastrous Great Chicago Fire that destroyed much of the city, young architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, and Mies van der Rohe began transforming Chicago into a thriving modern metropolis for the 20th century and beyond… the city you'll explore with Tauck today.


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Land Journeys and Small Ship Cruises

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The Midwest and great lakes by small ship cruise and land journey

Discover Michigan, the midwest state famed for its 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams as you cruise aboard a Tall Ship schooner in Grand Traverse Bay and enjoy a two-night stay at the world-famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island... and on a small ship cruise as you voyage between Chicago and Toronto exploring the shores of Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron and Michigan enjoying many cultural sites along the way.

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