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Multiplicity Tours is a socially conscious travel company that helps travelers explore the diverse communities and narratives of the United States. Our travel programs offer deep cultural connections, intellectually stimulating speakers, breathtaking natural scenery, mouthwatering culinary experiences, cutting-edge local music, and well-deserved fun and relaxation.

 

Why Multiplicity?

 

Engaging Experiences. With themes such as “Bridging the Red & Blue Divide,” “The Civil Rights Movement,” and “Native American Culture,” Multiplicity’s tours thoughtfully unpack difficult topics in a fun and positive way that brings people together and fosters an appreciation for diversity.

Full Customization. The team at Multiplicity creates custom itineraries for groups and travelers as diverse as the topics we explore. Our custom programs display the beauty and diversity of the United States. Tours cover regions like the Pacific Northwest, the Dakotas, Colorado Rockies, the West Coast, Southwest and Southern Border, the Midwest and Great Lakes, Appalachia, the Deep South, and Washington DC and the Eastern Seaboard.

Trusted Brand. As a brand of MEJDI Tours, a certified B Corp with over 10 years experience running global travel programs, Multiplicity prides itself on partnership with local people and organizations. When you choose Multiplicity, you give back to the communities you visit, strengthen businesses, families, and individuals, and promote responsible, sustainable tourism.

Meaningful Travel. Multiplicity was founded to bridge cultural divides, foster appreciation for diverse perspectives, and support local communities through socially responsible travel programs.

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Featured Tours

THE AMERICAN “DUAL NARRATIVE TOUR”

Visit key sites throughout the nation’s capital with two guides – one conservative, one liberal – who shed light on America’s complex political landscape.


Highlights:

  • Visit top monuments and museums
  • Cruise on the scenic Potomac
  • Meet residents of DC neighborhoods
  • Hear panel of young professionals

“Dual Narrative” model can be adapted to many other locales. See the “Beyond Blue vs. Red” theme below.

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FROM THE REDWOOD FOREST

Discover diverse wildlife species in spectacular forests and across stunning shorelines. Put conservation planning principles into practice.


Highlights:

  • Walk beside towering Redwoods
  • Spend a day with the National Park Service
  • Join a nature photo journalism workshop
  • Assist with wildlife rehabilitation

For destinations other than Northern California, see the “Conservation & Biodiversity” theme below.

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CIVIL RIGHTS PAST & PRESENT

Trace the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement through the South. Consider how a pivotal period in history  continues to shape American society.


Highlights:

  • Stand at significant landmarks
  • See history told through performance
  • Meet leaders of the past and present
  • Ride an historic riverboat

Consider customizing an itinerary at a destination of your choice. See the “Protest, Activism, Social Movements” theme below.

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NATIVE HERITAGE & COMMUNITY

Immerse yourself in Native lands of the Dakotas*. Connect with the earth, encounter a vibrant tribal culture, and gather lessons in perseverance.


Highlights:

  • Observe a traditional ceremony
  • Share a meal with local families
  • Visit spectacular national parks
  • Assist with activities for youth

*Similar tour offered in the American Southwest, including immersion with Navajo Nation communities.

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Core Themes & Customized Itineraries

These tour concepts showcase Multiplicity Tours’ unique approach to travel. Multiplicity Tours works with group leaders to build custom tours around one or more of the themes below, at their preferred destinations. 

BEYOND BLUE VS. RED: BRIDGING THE  POLITICAL DIVIDE

Explore America’s polarized political landscape with two guides – one conservative, one liberal.  Investigate root causes of this division, and discover paths of common cause and reconciliation.


The flagship tour is operated in and around Washington, DC, and adaptable to a range of other locales.

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MELTING POT OR MOSAIC: DIVERSITY IN THE USA

Examine the once popular characterization of the United States as a religious and cultural “melting pot.” Understand trends towards an increasingly diverse nation and consider their implications.


Tours are offered in both major population centers and lesser known areas of unique composition. 

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EARTH, FIRE, AIR  WATER: SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS

Explore what companies, organizations, and communities are doing to improve the sustainability of vast systems we rely on. Trace the impact of developments in the United States at the local and global levels.


Custom tours focus on issues ranging from food scarcity to climate change, resource consumption, and more.

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WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON? PROTEST, ACTIVISM, AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Meet change-makers working on fiercely contested social issues across the country. Examine methods of collective action, identifying links between social movements in the United States and activists around the world.


Custom tours feature multiple perspectives and cover a wide range of content. Available in all regions.

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FOR THE FLORA & FAUNA: PRACTICING CONSERVATION

Discover diverse plant and animal species in a variety of natural habitats. Gain experience as a conservation practitioner, learning the principles that guide government, policy, and community applications. Enjoy the outdoors and capture it on camera.


Tours may explore forests, plains, mountain ranges and/or marine habitats at your preferred destination.

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LESSONS IN RESILIENCE: INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES & CULTURE

Encounter vibrant cultures that persevere in spite of tragic histories and contemporary challenges. Understand indigenous communities’ unique circumstances, status, rights and heritage.


Tours currently offered in the Dakotas and Southwest, can be customized for other destinations.

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Destinations

Multiplicity Tours covers the best known and some of the most unique destinations across the country. Each itinerary is crafted to offer new perspectives on complex issues. Thoughtful engagement with local communities, ample recreation, and leisure combine for an unparalleled travel experience. 

CITYSCAPE: DESIGN, DISPARITY AND REVITALIZATION

Trace the course of development across the Midwest, imagining the cityscape as a frontier for creative thinking. Witness urban planning theories in practice at the heart of downtown and on street corners in the periphery.


Highlights:

  • Enjoy sky tower views
  • Join an urban design workshop
  • Visit sites of change-making unrest
  • Explore diverse music scenes

Tour visits St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, and smaller cities in between, but can be adapted to one or two metro areas.

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SHADES OF THE APPLE: DIVERSITY IN NEW YORK CITY

Imagine arriving to the port of New York as a new immigrant. Meet city residents from a wide variety of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. Reflect on how diversity continues to shape this booming metropolis.


Highlights:

  • Ferry across the Hudson River
  • Explore all five Burroughs
  • Hear from religious leaders
  • Picnic and paddle boat in Central Park

This tour focuses on NYC but can be adapted to destinations across the country.

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BEYOND BORDERS: IMMIGRATION & OPPORTUNITY

Examine key facets of the ongoing debate over immigration across the US border with Mexico. Gather different perspectives on the situation, assess current policies, and hear voices that humanize those affected on all sides.


Highlights:

  • Interact with multiple stakeholders
  • Traverse the desert landscape
  • Meet community leadership
  • See border infrastructure up close

Itinerary includes cities in Pennsylvania and rural areas as far as Tennessee.

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INLAND EMPIRE:  LIBERTY, EXTREMISM AND THE LAW

Scale the western Rockies and explore the Idaho Panhandle, capturing spectacular views and unique perspectives along the way. Consider questions of national identity, rights and the limits of freedom.


Highlights:

  • Engage with challenging voices
  • Chairlift to mountain peaks
  • Learn organizing best practices
  • Sail on Lake Pend Oreille
  • Ride the Selkirk Loop

Tour spans from Montana to Eastern Washington but can be adapted to a smaller geographic scope.

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FLORIDA KEYS EXPLORER: DIVING INTO MARINE ECOSYSTEMS

Journey to the Florida Keys, a diverse ecosystem of mangroves, coral reefs, pinelands, and saltwater channels. Learn about how tourism, overfishing, pollution, and irresponsible boating all contribute to the dangers facing this unique ecosystem.


Highlights:

  • Explore diverse island ecosystems
  • Snorkel the third largest reef in the world
  • Meet with leaders in ocean conservation
  • Learn about marine life rehabilitation

Itinerary can include the Everglades and Keys or focus on one ecosystem.

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ALONG THE SHORELINE: COMMUNITIES OF THE GREAT LAKES

Enjoy stunning lakefront views and meet communities that formed around them. Learn how various groups arrived here and why they continue to flourish. Join local festivals and appreciate a region far from the standard tourism circuit, but celebrated for its hospitality.


Highlights:

  • Sail on the Great Lakes
  • Volunteer with local youth groups
  • Hike along wooded shorelines
  • Meet community leaders of diverse backgrounds

Some tours reach the Upper Peninsula and/or cross into Toronto, ON.

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WHAT’S FOR DINNER? US AGRICULTURE FROM FARM TO FORK

Marvel at the vast expanse of a leading agricultural region. Trace the path of mass industrialization of farming in the United States over the past century. Learn how technology has changed growing practices and meet those working to create a more localized food chain. 


Highlights:

  • Participate at an industry convention
  • Survey local farmers’ markets
  • Gain experience as a farmhand
  • Ride across the plains on horseback

Tours focused on agriculture can also be adapted to groups’ preferred destinations.

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JOURNEY APPALACHIA: INDUSTRY, ECONOMY & MIGRATION

Travel to the heart of an evolving Appalachian region, rich with little known legend, varying points of view, and distinctive culture. Learn how this landscape took shape over time, and consider what lies ahead.


Highlights:

  • Meet experts and organizers
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail for mountaintop views
  • Enjoy local music and dance
  • Collect oral histories and tales of resilience

Itinerary includes cities in Pennsylvania and rural areas as far as Tennessee.

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