South Mountain Expeditions - Exceptional History Tours


South Mountain Expeditions promises you a worry-free vacation that combines learning with fun and comfort at a reasonable price!  With over 30 years of experience in planning and managing history and cultural tours throughout the United States and around the globe, we guarantee innovative, educational tours of the highest quality.


2014 TOURS:

October 24-November 3, 2014: Northern California. Come explore the historic landmarks of this beautiful region.  Highlights will include: Yosemite National Park; Lake Tahoe; Donner Pass; the majestic redwoods; the California gold rush and the Bear Flag Revolt; Fort Ross, a former Russian trading post; historic Monterey and Sonoma and, of course, the vineyards of Napa Valley! Click here for details.


May 14/15-26, 2015: A Tour of Bonnie Scotland. Highlights will include: Edinburgh; the Battles of Culloden & Bannockburn; St. Andrews; Isle of Skye; Eileen Donan Castle; the William Wallace Monument at Stirling; Glenfinnan, site of the Jacobite monument and the steam train and aqueduct featured in the Harry Potter movies; a sheep dog demonstration; and, of course, at least one whisky distillery! The tour will be led by Ken Hanley, a Scottish Blue Badge guide. In addition, we've invited Ed Bearss to join us as our guest on this tour. Click here for details.

March 2015: Big and Bold Texas. Join Ed Bearss as he leads us on a tour of the great state of Texas. Sites will include the Alamo, the National Museum of the Pacific War, and the state capitol in Austin. At the Houston Space Center we will have lunch with an astronaut. Our time in Dallas will be spent at sites associated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We will see where the first shots were fired in the Mexican-American War on May 8, 1846 at the Palo Alta Battlefield. At Palmetto Ranch Battlefield we will hear about the last battle of the American Civil War. A highlight will be touring the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park including President Johnson's boyhood home and the Texas White House. Ed Bearss did the historic resource study for the LBJ sites for the National Park Service. Details coming soon.

Sept 27-Oct 6,2015: National Parks of Utah. Explore some of our nation's most spectacular National Parks in the company of a wilderness guide Scott Thybony.

We will take nature walks in red rock country when the summer crowds are gone and the aspen trees are turning gold.

. If you would like a copy of our 2015 tour brochures, please call us at (301) 988-1852 or toll free: at 1(866) 914-1862, or e-mail us at

We hope you will join us on one of our tours!

Marty Gane

South Mountain Expeditions



  "The tour was superb. It was a great learning experience that was also great

  fun. Your attention to detail, your ability to assemble a cast of experts and your

  knowledge of the dynamics of touring make South Mountain Expeditions the best."

       --- Gail Stephens

  "Kudos to Marty Gane and South Mountain Expeditions for EVERYTHING

   that they did to make our trip so outstanding. We have toured with many

   companies but Marty stands out head and shoulders for the many, many ways

   that she made the trip not only more informative but also more fun!"    

         ---Ken and Linda O'Bannon