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Doing the Town: The Rise of Urban Tourism in the United States, 1850-1915

Catherine Cocks


Tourists and travelers in the early nineteenth century saw American cities as ugly spaces, lacking the art and history that attracted thousands to the great cities of Europe. By the turn of the century, however, city touring became popular in the United States, and the era saw the rise of elegant hotels, packaged tours, and train travel to cities for vacations that would entertain and edify. This cultural history, studded with vivid details bringing the experience of Victorian-era travel alive, explores the beginnings of urban tourism, and sets the phenomenon within a larger cultural transform ... More

Keywords: American cities, city touring, train travel, packaged tours, Victorian travel, urban tourism, New York, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520227460
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520227460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Cocks, author