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Group Travel Directory Volume 10

Planning Resources at your Fingertips

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s a group travel organizer, you’re dealing with a time of fundamental change in consumer travel habits, and a changing economy. You need ideas that work - that cut through the noise - from companies that understand what it takes to be group-friendly and deliver outstanding experiences. The quickest way to make the best-informed choices is right here. You can scour the internet from dawn till dusk and you won’t find a better collection of top travel suppliers. Within these pages are the companies who have stepped up to help groups like yours. They know what works, and what doesn’t. We have organized this directory by state, so you can hone in on those resources where you geographically have needs. There’s also a section in the back listing tour operators and national companies. Here you will find the biggest and best brand names plus scores of hidden jewels, just waiting to be explored. Keep this directory as a desk-top reference as you plan trips throughout the year. And when you’re searching online, be sure to visit GroupTravelDirectory.com for the industry’s largest supplier database. Our web traffic outpaces our rivals because we break through the clutter and deliver targeted results to group travel buyers. Good luck in 2017 planning! Sincerely,

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ALABAMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 ALASKA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 ARIZONA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 SHOWCASE: GRAND CANYON WEST . . . . . . . . . . .14 ARKANSAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 SHOWCASE: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TOURISM . . . . . . . . .17 CALIFORNIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 SHOWCASE: SACRAMENTO CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 COLORADO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 CONNECTICUT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 WASHINGTON D.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 DELAWARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 FLORIDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 SHOWCASE: EMERALD COAST CVB . . . . . . . . . . . .27 GEORGIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 SHOWCASE: ATL AIRPORT DISTRICT . . . . . . . . . . .30 HAWAII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 IDAHO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 ILLINOIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 SHOWCASE: CHICAGO SOUTHLAND CVB . . . . . . .34 SHOWCASE: THE AURORA AREA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 SHOWCASE: VISIT McHENRY COUNTY . . . . . . . . . .39 INDIANA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 IOWA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 KANSAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 KENTUCKY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 LOUISIANA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 MAINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 MARYLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 SHOWCASE: OCEAN CITY CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 MASSACHUSETTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 MICHIGAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 SHOWCASE: LIVINGSTON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN . . . . . . . .49 MINNESOTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 MISSISSIPPI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 MISSOURI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

SHOWCASE: GREATER SAINT CHARLES, MO CVB . . .55 SHOWCASE: VISIT JOPLIN MISSOURI . . . . . . . . . . . .56 MONTANA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 NEBRASKA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 NEVADA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 NEW HAMPSHIRE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 NEW JERSEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 SHOWCASE: ATLANTIC CITY/MEET AC . . . . . . . . . .60 NEW MEXICO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 NEW YORK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 NORTH CAROLINA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 SHOWCASE: JOHNSTON COUNTY, NC . . . . . . . . .65 SHOWCASE: CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NC . . . . . . . .66 NORTH DAKOTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 OHIO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 SHOWCASE: EXPERIENCE COLUMBUS . . . . . . . . . .68 OKLAHOMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 OREGON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 PENNSYLVANIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 RHODE ISLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 SOUTH CAROLINA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 SOUTH DAKOTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 SHOWCASE: SIOUX FALLS CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 TENNESSEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 TEXAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 UTAH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 VERMONT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 VIRGINIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 SHOWCASE: NORFOLK CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 WASHINGTON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 WEST VIRGINIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 WISCONSIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 SHOWCASE: WISCONSIN DELLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 WYOMING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 SHOWCASE: CAMPBELL COUNTY, WY . . . . . . . . . .88 NATIONAL SUPPLIERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90

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Coldwater Inn 712 Hwy. 72 W. Tuscumbia, AL 35674 Lisa Tubbs 256-383-6844 lisa@coldwater-inn.com www.coldwater-inn.com Southern hospitality at its best. Welcome to your home away from home. The Coldwater Inn is a comfortable, luxurious and affordable place to stay

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ntering Alabama the sign reads: “Welcome to Alabama the Beautiful!” Whether it’s a girlfriend getaway, history, soft adventure or student tour, that spirit of friendship greets everyone. Huntsville is home of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and America’s largest seasonal butterfly house at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Birmingham boasts historic civil rights sites and the Roman god Vulcan, the largest cast-iron statue in the world.

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Downtown Birmingham features jazz and dance clubs, theater and fine dining. Montgomery’s downtown has the birthplaces of both the American Civil War and the American Civil Rights Movement at the Alabama State Capitol and the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. In Mobile, beautiful historic homes, moss-covered oak trees and a city nestled along the bay invite good times. Mobile is the home of America’s first Mardi Gras.

Alabama.travel Alabama Battleship Memorial Park 2703 Battleship Pkwy. Mobile, AL 36602 Karen Conner 800-426-4929 kconner@ussalabama.com www.ussalabama.com Tour one of America's most unique militar y artifacts on the coast of the Mobile Bay. Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau 714 E. Glenn Ave. Auburn, AL 36830 Cindy Pugh 334-887-8747 cindy@aotourism.com www.aotourism.com The coolest college town in the South, AuburnOpelika offers extraordinary dining opportunities, shopping, outdoor recreation and more in the friendly campus environment of Auburn University. Bellingrath Gardens 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582 Patti Grandquest 251-973-2217 pgrandquest@aol.com www.bellingrath.org Enjoy 65 acres of year-round floral pageantry in a Southern estate garden. Bellingrath Gardens and Home features blooms and beauty ever y day of the year.

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Dothan CVB 3311 Ross Clark Circle Dothan, AL 36304 Katie Parrish 888-449-0212 katie@visitdothan.com www.visitdothanal.com You won’t be disappointed when planning your trip to include Dothan’s unique attractions. Tee off at beautiful golf courses, taste test pure cane syrup or experience art and culture. Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau 500 Church St. NW Suite 1 Huntsville, AL 35801 Pam Williams 256-551-2204 pam@huntsville.org www.huntsville.org In Huntsville, we've got SPACE. not just the NASA kind (although we do have that). W e've got incredible outdoor, dining and entertainment spaces. Renaissance Battle House Hotel & Spa 26 N. Royal St. Mobile, AL 36602 Mariluz Hilbun 251-415-3090 mariluz.hilbun@renaissancemobile.com www.renaissancebattlehouse.com A member of Historic Hotels of America, named one of National Geographic Traveler's top places to stay in North America. U.S. Space & Rocket Center 1 Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805 Tom White 256-721-7124 tom.white@spacecamp.com www.spacecamp.com The U.S. Space & Rocket Center offers out-of-thisworld adventures. Visit the museum or join a Space Camp or Aviation Challenge Camp program.

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HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA

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mix of high-tech cool and sublime Southern culture, Huntsville truly has something for everyone. Did you know Huntsville is home to the largest space museum in the world? The U.S. Space & Rocket Center features exhibits, an IMAX theater, a U.S. Space Camp training center, and more – in the Rocket City, everyone can be an astronaut for a day. It’s not all science and technology, though. Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is the largest, privately-owned arts facility in the U.S., and you can find it just southwest of the heart of Huntsville. This historic textile building has been redeveloped into 131 working studios for over 200 artists and makers, fine art galleries, a multi-use theater, and performance venues. As if the arts and sciences weren’t enough, you can still check out other attractions like the open-air butterfly house at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, award-winning restaurants like Cotton Row, or go back in time at the EarlyWorks Museums and Burritt on the Mountain. Explore #iHeartHsv on social media to find what visitors love most about Huntsville and Madison County, Alabama.


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laska - it is the journey and the destinations that make dreams a reality. From the breathtaking vistas of the highest peak in the nation to the ice caves of the mysterious and spectacular Glacier Bay, Alaska has something for everyone. It is a place that lures visitors with its natural wonders and wildlife, native cultures, pristine wilderness and spirited people. Visitors can experience the thrill of kayaking, whale watching, fishing, skiing, Aurora Borealis watching, wildlife viewing,

907-269-5734 Alaska Native Heritage Center 8800 Heritage Center Dr. Anchorage, AK 99510 Lauren "Ruby" Hughes 800-315-6608 mstanley@alaskanative.net www.alaskanative.net The Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and museum in Anchorage, is an exciting place where all people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska’s Indigenous people. Alaska Railroad 327 West Ship Creek PO Box 10750 Anchorage, AK 99510 800-544-0552 www.akrr.com The Alaska Railroad is a fantastic fit for groups. Our trains offer a great atmosphere for groups to kick back and mix with each other. Group planners love how efficient it is to keep groups in one place, while still offering space to enjoy the trip. Anchorage CVB 524 W. Fourth Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501 907-276-4118 tourism@anchorage.net www.anchorage.net From the sparkling waters of Cook Inlet to the tallest peaks of the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage encompasses wild adventures and metropolitan appeals that form larger-than-life experiences.

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glacier cruising and flightseeing. Every day offers an unforgettable memory, so when planning make sure to allow enough time for the regions you want to see and the things you want to do. Alaska has a wide range of accommodations and dining to suit every budget.

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here’s no place on earth like the Grand Canyon State. It’s the landscapes - mountains, rivers, grasslands and cactus. It’s a storied past thousands of years old. It’s the people, a vibrant blend of cultures. These elements, and the way they come together, make visiting Arizona an unforgettable experience. Did you know that more than 4.8 million pennies’ worth of copper can be found on the roof of the Arizona State Capitol? With countless attractions ranging from museums, to shopping centers,

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Juneau CVB 800 Glacier Ave., Suite 201 Juneau, AK 99801 800-587-2201 info@traveljuneau.com www.traveljuneau.com Juneau - hub of the Inside Passage. Accessible glaciers, abundant wildlife and historical charm make Juneau a must on the Golden Cir cle or other Alaska itineraries. White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad PO Box 435 Skagway, AK 99840 800-343-7373 info@wpyr.com www.wpyr.com Experience the breathtaking panorama of the mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites from the comfort of vintage parlor cars. Wrangell CVB PO Box 1350 Wrangell, AK 99929 800-367-9745 wrangell@wrangell.com www.wrangell.com Wrangell is a hidden jewel, waiting to be discovered by you. There are adventures and experiences to last a lifetime for everyone. History, cultural sites, wildlife, natural beauty, glaciers and excitement await you here.

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to lively nightlife, it’s no wonder Phoenix’s greater metro area is home to some 4.3 million residents, making it the largest city in the desert Southwest. FUN FACT: On February 14, 1912, after nearly 49 years as a U.S. territory and thousands of years as a sacred home to indigenous peoples, Arizona became the 48th and last of the contiguous states to enter the Union of the United States of America.

VisitArizona.com Arizona Renaissance Festival 12601 E. US Hwy. 60 Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 Group Sales 520-463-2600 tickets@renfestinfo.com www.royalfaires.com/arizona Escape to the 16th century. Thirty acre village with the king & his court, castles, cottages, jousting, 13 stages of comedy, swordplay, music and hi-jinks. Flagstaff CVB 211 W. Aspen Ave. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 800-217-2367 cvb@flagstaffaz.gov www.flagstaffarizona.org From the mystic desert rock formations in Monument Valley down to the lush forest creek in Sedona, Flagstaff is a convenient hub for planning your guided tours. Grand Canyon Resort Corporation 5000 Diamond Bar Rd. Peach Springs, AZ 86434 Irene Walema 888-868-9378 groups@grandcanyonresort.com www.grandcanyonwest.com Grand Canyon West—home of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Just 2 hours from Las V egas.

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Lake Havasu City CVB 314 London Bridge Rd. Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 800-242-8278 info@golakehavasu.com www.golakehavasu.com We're known as “Arizona's Playground” - and for good reasons. We have year-round sunshine and endless adventure, from boating and off-roading to hiking and fishing. No other Arizona vacation spots even come close to offering so much all-out fun. We're also home to the finest of Arizona's events, activities and festivals year-round. Mesa CVB 120 N. Center St. Mesa, AZ 85201 tourism@visitmesa.com www.visitmesa.com Mesa is a great group travel spot, boasting outdoor activities, attractions, museums, arts and culture, entertainment and group-friendly accommodations. Itinerary planning and FAM opportunities available. Navajo Nation Tourism P.O. Box 663 Window Rock, AZ 86515 928-810-8501 info@discovernavajo.com www.discovernavajo.com Learn about Navajo history, people, culture, government, beliefs, arts, ceremonies, sacred sites and language. Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square 113 N. Sixth St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 Heather Roberts 602-261-8063 info@heritagesquarephx.org www.heritagesquarephx.org Explore early Phoenix history with a tour of restored 1895 Victorian Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square. Visit Tucson CVB 811 N. Euclid Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719 Brooke Hamlett 800-638-8350 bhamlett@visittucson.org www.visittucson.org A bit off the beaten path, Tucson’s unique attractions and accommodations beckon you to discover and explore, and our arts and culture scene makes Tucson a place that’s authentic and comfortable. An oasis from the unoriginal and pretentious, let Tucson inspire the free spirit in you.

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Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Ar t 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 602-252-8848 adulttours@heard.org www.heard.org Through innovative programs, world-class exhibitions and unmatched festivals, the Heard Museum sets the standard nationally for collaborating with Native people to present first-person voices.

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xperience one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Grand Canyon West sits on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, which includes more than 100 square miles of the western rim of the Grand Canyon - conveniently located 2 hours from Las Vegas. Grand Canyon West is home to the world famous Skywalk, where the glass bridge suspends out from the canyon rim 4,000 feet over the canyon floor. After a walk in the sky, visit the Hualapai Ranch, and see the Old West come alive. Enjoy homemade BBQ lunches and dinners, horseback rides around the canyon, and games like horseshoes, panning for gold, and bow and arrow shooting. At Grand Canyon West, there are many opportunities to enjoy the unrestricted beauty of the Hualapai Nation, with panoramic views and many exciting excursion opportunities. Visitors have the option to take a helicopter ride to the bottom of the canyon for a short pontoon boat ride on the river, or to observe breathtaking views from Guano and Eagle Points. For the adventurous and thrill seeking, the Hualapai River Runners has provided guests with a rush of excitement for over 40 years. Experience rapids from levels 3 to 8, enjoy lunch on the river, and a short hike up to Travertine Falls nestled inside the canyon walls on a one-day white water rafting adventure. Experience the Grand Canyon from the Skywalk, from the river bottom, or from one-day white water rafting, Grand Canyon West has something for everyone. Visit www.grandcanyonwest.com for more information.

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Mountain Harbor Resort 994 Mountain Harbor Rd. Mount Ida, AR 71957 800-832-2276 info@mountainharborresort.com www.mountainharborresort.com You can access miles of hiking, biking, and wandering at Mountain Harbor Resort on the popular LOViT (Lake Ouachita Vista Trail). Nearby, Mount Ida, just 12 miles down the road, boasts a friendly, small-town personality and is famed as the quartz cr ystal capital of the world.

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ffordable vacations are abundant in Arkansas. Go hiking and camping and explore the world’s only public diamond mine. Attend festivals and annual events; explore the scenic beauty of Arkansas. Centrally located, Arkansas, The Natural State, warmly welcomes visitors. With scenic mountain vistas, clear blue lakes, babbling rivers and streams, mountaintop

800-872-1259 Arkansas State Parks 1 Capitol Mall Little Rock, AR 72201 Joan Ellison 888-287-2757 joan.ellison@arkansas.gov www.arkansasstateparks.com Get in touch with the beauty of nature by visiting Arkansas' 52 state parks. Mountains, rolling hills, streams, lakes and forests provide the per fect background for outdoor adventures and group fun. Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901 Gaye Hardin 501-623-7771 ghardin@arlingtonhotel.com www.arlingtonhotel.com The historic Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa is the largest hotel in Arkansas, with almost 500 rooms and suites. From our grand hotel lobby and famous bar , to our elegant Venetian Dining Room and beautiful Crystal Ballroom, The Arlington has ever ything you'd want in a historic hotel...and more. Clinton Presidential Foundation 1200 President Clinton Ave. Little Rock, AR 72201 Megan Moore 501-748-0419 mmoore@clintonfoundation.org www.clintonfoundation.org The William J. Presidential Clinton Librar y is more than just a research library with millions of pieces of presidential records; it has a 20,000-sq.-ft. modern museum and is the caretaker for around 100,000 presidential gifts. 16

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lodges, historic untainted downtown districts, outdoor concerts and performances (indoor too), thoroughbred and greyhound racing, riverboat cruises, beloved museums and galleries galore, the nation’s 12th Presidential Library, and Heifer International and Heifer Village, Arkansas has something for everyone in your group.

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Outlets of Little Rock 11201 Bass Pro Pkwy. Little Rock, AR 72210 Melissa Boyle 501-455-9100 tours@outletsoflittlerock.com www.outletsoflittlerock.com Outlets of Little Rock is a truly distinctive shopping destination located in the heart of Arkansas.

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Eureka Springs CAPC 121 E. Van Buren 3B P.O. Box 522 Eureka Springs, AR 72632 Karen Pryor 479-253-7333 karen@eurekasprings.org www.eurekasprings.org Make your trip extraordinary; Experience Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, come see why Eureka Springs has enchanted guests for years. Fort Smith CVB 2 N. B St. Fort Smith, AR 72901 Carolyn Joyce 800-637-1477 tourism@fortsmith.org www.fortsmith.org Creatively combining the history of the Old West with the soft charm of the antebellum Old South, Fort Smith offers travelers of all ages glimpses into its distinctive past. Stop by Fort Smith on your Southern group trip. Heart of Arkansas P.O. Box 1958 Little Rock, AR 72203 Angela Rogers info@heartofarkansas.com www.heartofarkansas.com Welcome to the Heart of Arkansas, where our events, attractions, shopping, restaurants and accommodations make Central Arkansas a unique and unforgettable destination for groups of all types, sizes and interests. grouptraveldirectory.com


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ill and Hillary Clinton have strong ties to Arkansas and there is a range of attractions across the state that groups can explore including the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site and more. Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Clinton House Museum is the first home of the Clintons. Bill and Hillary were married in the living room of this bungalow home and lived there during their time teaching law at the University of Arkansas. This former residence turned museum highlights their life in Northwest Arkansas via photos, campaign material and other memorabilia. For more information about the Clinton House Museum and other locations in Arkansas, visit Arkansas.com.

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f you'd like to create a Sacramento group tour – or add Sacramento to a Northern California itinerary – we can help you find out why "California Begins Here." From developing custom itineraries to helping negotiate hotel room commitments and rates, the Tourism department at the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau is here for you. Sacramento is also the perfect destination for your Northern California hub & spoke itinerary and the ideal gateway to California's Wine Country, Gold Country, California Redwoods, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Reno and Yosemite. Visit America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital – Sacramento's world-class chefs take full advantage of what's produced right in their own backyard as they use the freshest local ingredients to create unforgettable culinary experiences. With over 15 breweries and 200 wineries in the area, Sacramento is a beer and wine lover's dream as well. Those looking to take a more "hands-on approach" can enjoy cooking classes, food tours, behind-the-scenes tours, winemaker dinners and farm visits. Follow in the Footsteps of History – The California Gold Rush is one of history's most loved subjects, and Sacramento was at the heart of it all. Experience the Wild West for yourself. Get Outside – From the American River Bike Trail – which runs right through the heart of the city – to wildlife refuges and hiking trails, Sacramento attracts outdoor and nature lovers. And don't forget Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada Mountains are just a short drive away. Stay in a Group-Friendly Hotel – Sacramento's hotels welcome your groups with open arms and look forward to making your stay a pleasant one.


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alifornia possesses a spectacular array of landscapes, from the foggy redwood forests of the North Coast to granite peaks of the Sierra Nevada to surreal desert landscapes of Southern California. Each of the state’s 12 regions has its own character. In California, you can ski in the morning, shop, visit a theme park, golf, or even surf in the afternoon. Incredible sights and attractions in close proximity make it possible to experience many things in one trip.

916-444-4429 Authentic California Vacations P.O. Box 6169 Lakewood, CA 90714 Suzanne Slavitter 562-920-2450 suzanne@authenticcaliforniavacations.com www.authenticcaliforniavacations.com Welcome to Authentic California Vacations - your concierge to the Southwest. Complete planning to destinations throughout California for groups of all sizes. Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo 1782 Tribute Rd. Sacramento, CA 95815 Bethany Getz 916-576-6603 bethany.getz@marriott.com www.marriott.com/sacce Our professional onsite staff will WOW your next group. From corporate meetings to family reunions, our staff is experienced and ready to exceed your expectations. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd. San Marino, CA Jane Sandmeier 626-405-2240 tours@huntington.org www.huntington.org The Huntington is an oasis of art and culture on 120 acres of breathtaking gardens. Features American & European art, library treasures, group tours, tea.

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway One Tram Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 Gabriele Madison 760-325-1449 ext. 121 gmadison@pstramway.com www.pstramway.com Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world's largest rotating tram car-to the alpine forests atop Mount San Jacinto. Groups start at only 10.

Vibrant and cutting edge, chaotic yet beautiful, California’s cities have a unique way of combining culture, nature and the 21st century. For many, Los Angeles embodies the essence of California: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, beautiful people and sunny weather. With its eternally perfect ocean breeze, San Diego boasts one of the country’s most blissful climates. San Francisco is a beautiful city graced with the Golden Gate Bridge, fog, picturesque houses and parks.

VistCalifornia.com Marin CVB 1 Mitchell Boulevard, Suite B San Rafael, CA 94903 866-925-2060 info@visitmarin.org www.visitmarin.org Marin County is just a little out there. As in, one famous bridge away from San Francisco. And right next door to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. Closer than you could ever imagine to ever ything that's unique in this clever corner of California. Oceanside Conference & Visitors Bureau 928 N. Coast Hwy. Oceanside, CA 92054 Dana Higgins 760-637-9953 dana@visitoceanside.org www.visitoceanside.org/groups In the heart of Southern California, this classic casual beach town offers family-friendly fun, unlimited outdoor adventure and activities for all ages and interests. Outlets at Tejon 5701 Outlets at Tejon Pkwy. Tejon Ranch, CA 93203 Rebecca Swiggum 661-663-4213 rswiggum@tejonoutlets.com www.tejonoutlets.com Outlets at Tejon offers your tour guests a FREE VIP coupon booklet, daily sales from select retailers, dining discounts for your group and more.

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Redding CVB 844 Sundial Bridge Drive Redding, CA 96001 Jennifer Fontana 800-874-7562 jennifer@visitredding.com www.visitredding.com With mountains all around, miles of hiking and biking trails, a river running through it, and national parks nearby, Redding is an outdoor paradise for young and old alike. Cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, Redding has 300+ sunny days per year. It's a great place to escape the chill of spring and the gray days of winter, too. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum 40 Presidential Drive Simi Valley, CA 93065 Melanie Salvesen 805-522-2977 msalvesen@reaganfoundation.org www.reaganlibrary.com A California "must-see" attraction—tour through Air Force One 27000, view an exact replica of the Oval Office, visit President Reagan's Memorial Site and more. Visit Sacramento 1608 I St. Sacramento, CA 95814 Nick Leonti 916-808-1482 nleonti@visitsacramento.com www.visitsacramento.com/groups Sacramento is the perfect destination for your Northern California itinerary. Your groups can enjoy America's Farm-to-Fork Capital, Gold Rush history and more. Visit Vallejo 289 Mare Island Way Vallejo, CA 94590 Mike Browne mike@visitvallejo.com www.visitvallejo.com Located 35 minutes from San Francisco and 15 minutes from the Napa and Sonoma wine countries, Vallejo offers all the comforts and attractions of a big city with the charm of a small town atmosphere. Westfield San Francisco Centre 865 Market St., Box A San Francisco, CA 94103 www.westfield.com/sanfrancisco Home to more than 200 shops, the city’s largest day spa, theatres, eateries and a signature restaurant collection, Westfield San Francisco Centre offers its guests the ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment experience. 2017 Group Travel Directory

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Colorado Springs CVB 515 S. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Floy Kennedy 719-685-7635 floy@visitcos.com www.visitcos.com Colorado Springs - Olympic City USA, home to Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, US Air For ce Academy and the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.

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alf the fun in group travel is the company you keep; the other half can be found in Colorado. Whether you are experiencing our enriched culture, mouthwatering cuisine, outdoor amusement or taking in our picturesque views, Colorado is sure to create a memorable experience for all. No matter the season or the reason, Colorado is the ideal destination for your next group vacation.

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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 5234 B Hwy. 285 Antonito, CO 81120 Corrine Williams 575-219-3302 groups@cumbrestoltec.com www.cumbrestoltec.com/groups The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad offers an experience of a lifetime. The histor y and scenery are gorgeous and unforgettable. Experience the Authentic West. Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. Denver, CO 80204 Heidi Weisman 720-913-0130 groupsales@denverartmuseum.org www.denverartmuseum.org Explore, imagine, share, escape, create and discover at the Denver Art Museum. Durango Area Tourism Office 802 Main Ave. Durango, CO 81301 Grace Shepard 970-828-1039 grace@durango.org www.durango.org Durango - a picturesque mountain town nestled at the southwestern foot of the Rocky Mountains’, Four Corners region where Colorado meets Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Sky Ute Casino Resort 14324 U.S. Hwy. 172 N. Ignacio, CO 81137 Barbara Cogswell 970-563-1752 barbara.cogswell@skyutecasino.com www.skyutecasino.com If you would like to incorporate the culture of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe into your visit, Casino Native American dancers are available to welcome your group, dressed in full Native American regalia and accompanied by a Native Drum Group. YMCA of the Rockies 2515 Tunnel Rd. Estes Park, CO 80511 Group Sales 888-777-9622 info@ymcarockies.org www.ymcarockies.org YMCA of the Rockies' locations in Estes Park and Winter Park, Colorado, are ideal vacation, reunion, and group destinations. Come be inspired by our surroundings.

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Foxwoods Resort 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT 06338 Group Sales 800-488-7777 resort_sales@foxwoods.com www.foxwoods.com Nestled in acres of pristine Connecticut forest – and yet just minutes from vibrant New England cityscapes – Foxwoods rises like an electrifying citadel for fun and relaxation.

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ne of the 13 original colonies, Connecticut is a lacework of New England experiences with cosmopolitan style. The state, strategically situated between Boston and New York City, came to prominence during the 19th century, creating a legacy of Victorian architecture, military firearms, Industrial Revolution manufacturing, literature and theater, and American Impressionist art. Visit Kent Falls State Park to see impressive Kent Falls, which tumbles 250 feet over rock ledges on its way down to

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the Housatonic River. Other popular state parks include Hammonasset Beach, west of Clinton; Rocky Neck, near Niantic; and Sherwood Island, in Westport. World-class theater, music and art museums contribute to the state’s trove of cultural treasures. The Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan is one of Connecticut’s architectural highlights. Art lovers can peruse paintings by famous artists like Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh at New Haven’s Yale University Art Gallery.

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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat 1 Railroad Ave. Essex, CT 06426 Bob Bell 800-377-3987 ext 206 bobbell40@comcast.net www.essexsteamtrain.com Essex Steam Train & Riverboat takes groups on a 2.5-hour, 12-mile, narrated round-trip adventure through the heart of the pristine Connecticut River Valley.

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The Mark Twain House & Museum 351 Farmington Ave. Hartford, CT 06105 860-247-0998 Grace Belanger grace.belanger@marktwainhouse.org. www.marktwainhouse.org The home of America's greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books. The Maritime Aquarium 10 N. Water St. Norwalk, CT 06854 Group Tour 203-852-0700 reservations@maritimeaquarium.org www.maritimeaquarium.org The Maritime Aquarium focuses on one body of water: Long Island Sound, the “Estuar y of National Significance.” An arm of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sound is rich in aquatic life.

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Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center 110 Pequot Trail Mashantucket, CT 06338 Bernie Shea 800-411-9671 groupsales@pequotmuseum.org www.pequotmuseum.org Come to know the land and its native people during an immersive, eye-opening journey through time. Explore history and today's vibrant American Indian cultures. Mohegan Sun Casino 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT 06382 Steve Olender 860-862-8988 solender@mohegansun.com www.mohegansun.com Mohegan Sun is one of the largest casinos in the nation with 364,000 square feet of gaming space. It’ s located along the Thames River and offers dining, shopping, a luxury hotel, spa and golf. Mystic Country Tourism 27 Greenmanville Ave. Mystic, CT 06355 Janice Putnam 860-536-8822 jputnam@mysticcountry.com www.mysticcountry.com The relaxed New England charm that has made Mystic a well-known vacation destination can be felt all through the area – from the quiet farm areas of the Northeast corner to coastal towns. Contact the Eastern Regional Tourism District/Mystic Country for more information. Mystic Seaport Museum of America & The Sea 75 Greenmanville Ave. Mystic, CT 06355 Group Tours 888-973-2767 adultgroupsales@mysticseaport.org www.mysticseaport.org A quintessential New England experience, Mystic Seaport offers visitors of all ages a unique link to our seafaring past and endless, year-round opportunities to immerse themselves in new worlds of hands-on history. Visit New Haven 545 Long Wharf Dr., 4th Floor New Haven, CT 06511 Ginny Kozlowski 203-777-8550 ext. 224 ginnyk@visitnewhaven.com www.visitnewhaven.com Greater New Haven is rife with New England heritage, from lighthouses and charming town greens to world-class museums and Yale’s renowned campus. Of course, it’s also home to world-class dining, nightlife and live music.

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nown as the historical center for the U.S., it’s no surprise that Washington D.C. is among the most popular destinations for groups in the United States. From its various monuments and building tours to its fascinating museums, there are too many attractions in D.C. to see in one weekend, but there are a couple of highlights that you must not leave without seeing. The first is one of the oldest in the city, the Washington Monument, which also is the tallest at 555 feet tall. The White House is another can’t-miss, with its

202-789-7056 CitySights DC 50 Massachusetts Ave. N.E. Washington, DC 20002 Rivka Schwadel 212-812-2700 groups@citysightsdc.com www.citysightsdc.com/charter-quote/ Experience the best views of Washington DC's historic landmarks and explore cosmopolitan neighborhoods by day or night on top of CitySights DC's double-decker buses. Ford's Theatre 514 10th St. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004 Group Sales 202-638-2367 groups@fords.org www.fords.org/groups Plan a group visit to the Ford’s Theatre campus, which includes the museum, theatre, Peterson House and Center for Education and Leadership. International Spy Museum 800 F St. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004 Group Sales 202-654-0943 groupreservations@spymuseum.org www.spymuseum.org/visit/bringing-a-group The only public museum in the United States soley dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history. grouptraveldirectory.com


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DELAWARE obvious historical significance and lavish interior. Also, while your groups are stationed in the D.C. area, there is nothing more prominent or expansive in the city’s tourism sector than the Smithsonian Museum and Research complex, with 19 museums and nine research centers. The Newseum, African American Civil War Museum, Howard Theatre, and International Spy Museum are some other great examples of our capital’s offerings. Contact: www.washington.org.

Washington.org Madame Tussauds 1001 F St N.W. Washington, DC 20004 Taylor McKinley 202-942-7310 taylor.mckinley@merlinentertainments.biz www.madametussauds.com/washington/ Have the ultimate fame experience at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. Smithsonian Institution 1000 Jefferson Drive SW Washington DC, 20560 866-868-7774 www.si.edu/groupsales The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum complex consisting of 20 museums and the National Zoo. Enhance your group's experience by contacting group sales. The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" 400 McNair Rd. Fort Myer, VA 22211 Jen Maly 703-696-3718 jennifer.s.maly.civ@mail.mil www.usarmyband.com While visiting the Metro-Washington, D.C., area, attend one of the many FREE concerts, recitals and military pageants presented year-round by the Army's premier music organization.

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estled in the heart of the MidAtlantic, Delaware is a year-round destination with attractions, fairs, festivals and other events catering to virtually any lifestyle or taste. Visitors flock to the First State’s coasts for its five-star beaches, each with its own distinct feel ranging from family fun to party central. Away from the summer months, Delaware draws with its history and culture. Hagley Museum highlights contributions to the Industrial Revolution, Winterthur Museum houses one of the most important collec-

866-284-7483 Cape May-Lewes Ferry 1200 Lincoln Blvd. North Cape May, NJ 08204 Group Tours 800-643-3779 customerservices@drba.net www.capemaylewesferry.com Foot passengers can take advantage of many cruise/tour packages available through the Cape MayLewes Ferry. In most cases, your ticket includes a roundtrip ferry ride, shuttle tickets to and from the attraction and admission to the attraction. Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. Wilmington, DE 19806 Cynthia Smith • 866-232-3714 csmith@delart.org www.delart.org The museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmingtonnative Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his cir cle. Dover International Speedway P.O. Box 843 Dover, DE 19903 Josh McCorkle 302-883-6585 jmccorkle@dovermotorsports.com www.dovermotorsports.com Dover International Speedway offers a number of hospitality and group ticket options on race weekend. To learn about which options are available to you, call or email for more information.

tions of early American artifacts and arts, and the 100-year-old Delaware Art Museum boasts an amazing anthology of American art and illustration, as well as works by the British Pre-Raphaelites. For those interested in architecture, schedule a tour at Nemours Mansion and Gardens, which offers garden walks and a mansion designed in the late18th-century French style. Sports fans can watch minor league baseball’s Wilmington Blue Rocks or get their motors running at NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway.

VisitDelaware.com Rockwood Park & Museum 610 Shipley Road Wilmington, DE 19809 Philip Nord • 302-761-4340 www.nccde.org pnord@nccde.org Rockwood is a 160-year-old estate that is now a public park, historic garden, and house museum. At Rockwood, your class will explore American histor y, technology, and science through the lens of life at the turn of the 20th century. Southern Delaware Tourism 827 E. Market St. Georgetown, DE 19947 Scott Thomas • 302-856-1818 scottt@visitsoutherndelaware.com www.visitsoutherndelaware.com/meetings-retreats Scenic tours, fascinating stories, clean 5-star beaches, tax-free shopping and group-friendly accommodations most offering group tour rates. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library 5105 Kennett Pike Wilmington, DE 19735 Group Tours • 302-888-4600 ext. 7029 tourinfo@winterthur.org www.winterthur.org Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’ s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning. 2017 Group Travel Directory

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Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel 2201 Second St., Suite 600 Fort Myers, FL 33901 Candice Cocco 239-338-3500 ccocco@leegov.com www.fortmyers-sanibel.com White sand beaches, warm Gulf waters and endless sunshine. It's easy to relax, reconnect and reminisce when you are here.

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ith countless groups traveling to Florida each year, it’s obvious they enjoy Florida’s year-round sunny weather, varied attractions, diverse hotels & resorts and amazing natural beauty. Numerous natural and cultural assets make Florida an appealing destination for groups. From those interested in seeing where the first group to visit America settled in

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St. Augustine in the 1500s, to groups looking to experience a space shuttle launch, Florida offers groups adventure for a variety of tastes. Groups can dive into Florida’s myriad of refreshing springs or the world’s largest collection of Salvador Dalí art, charter boats for sports fishing, dine on Floribbean cuisine or simply recline at the beach.

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Blue Man Group 6000 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819 407-224-3313 www.blueman.com Add some color to your next Orlando group tour . Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience that brings meetings and group outings to life. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art 445 N. Park Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 Amy Roviaro 407-645-5311 ext. 312 aroviaro@morsemuseum.org www.morsemuseum.org/plan-your-visit Home to the most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including his 1893 chapel interior and objects from his home, Laurelton Hall. CoCo Key Hotel and Water Park Resort 7400 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 Maria Fernandez 321-206-4380 maria.fernandez@cocokeyorlando.com www.cocokeyorlando.com Perfect location with outstanding hotel and water park attraction all in one! Group specialists with attention to detail. We make groups of all ages happy. Emerald Coast CVB 1540 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Sherry Rushing 850-651-7647 srushing@co.okaloosa.fl.us www.emeraldcoastfl.com/groups-meetings/ The Heart of Florida's Emerald Coast is a breathtaking setting for faith-based gatherings. Rejuvenate your spirit in Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. Experience Kissimmee 215 Celebration Place, Suite 200 Kissimmee, FL 34747 Jadeine Shives 407-569-4855 jshives@experiencekissimmee.com www.experiencekissimmee.com Located next to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando, it's the perfect place for your next group tour.

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Florida Paradise Villas Kissimmee, FL Sherri Chasse 866-939-7376 inquiry@floridaparadisevillas.com www.floridaparadisevillas.com Vacation rentals in Orlando allow your group to enjoy more space, privacy and comforts of home, many times at less than hotel rooms! Holy Land Experience 4655 Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 32811 Sherri Patko 800-447-7235 ext. 4 groups@holylandexperience.com www.holylandexperience.com Expect to be inspired at Orlando's Holy Land Experience, Original live Dramas, Bible museum and educational presentations set in an authentic representation of Old Jerusalem. Palm Beach Outlets 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561-515-4400 Group Sales tours@palmbeachoutlets.com Over 100 outlets including Saks Fifth A venue OFF 5th, Nike Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap Factory Store, Under Armour, Cole Haan and more. Register your group and each guest receives a free gift and coupon.

Panama City Beach CVB P.O. Box 9473 Panama City Beach, FL 32417 Ann Gager 850-233-5070 agager@visitpanamacitybeach.com www.visitpanamacitybeach.com Panama City Beach offers something for ever y age group. From family reunions to organized group tours we are everyone's Real.Fun.Beach. Ron Jon Surf Shop 4151 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 Tracey Gray 321-799-8880 ext. 1048 traceyg@rjss.com www.ronjonsurfshop.com Ron Jon Surf Shop Cocoa Beach is the W orld's Largest Surf Shop and open 24 hours a day. Free bus parking and group discounts available. St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches CVB 29 Old Mission Ave. St. Augustine, FL 32084 Evelyn Vazquez 904-209-4431 evazquez@floridashistoriccoast.com www.floridashistoriccoast.com The nation's oldest city, world-renowned golf, tennis, great restaurants, wide range of accommodation choices and 42 miles of pristine beaches make it the perfect vacation destination. Stetson Mansion 1031 Camphor Lane DeLand, FL, 32720 Michael Solari 386-873-0167 tours@stetsonmansion.com www.stetsonmansion.com Lively guided tours of Florida's only "Gilded Age" mansion have been named in the "Top 10 Things To Do In Florida" by TripAdvisor. National Historic Place cica 1886. Universal Orlando Youth Programs 1000 Universal Studios Plaza Orlando, FL 32819 Keith Stiff 800-968-8415 youthgroupsales@universalorlando.com www.universalorlandoyouth.com From innovative educational programs to show-stopping performance opportunities, Universal Orlando’s youth programs help students reach new heights of learning while having the time of their lives. Visit Jacksonville 208 N. Laura St., Suite 102 Jacksonville, FL 32202 Monica Smith 904-421-9164 convsales@visitjacksonville.com www.visitjacksonville.com Jacksonville is welcoming a new era for hospitality as millions of dollars have been spent modernizing and reimagining all of the major hotels in the city’ s urban core, as well as their flexible meeting spaces.

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rom Georgia’s energetic and lively cities to the relaxing coastline and breathtaking mountain scenery, Georgia boasts rich experiences that are unparalleled. Georgia’s borders encompass one of the country’s most diverse and beautiful landscapes, offering a variety of eco-friendly outdoor adventures and activities. Atlanta offers endless attractions, heartracing sports and stunning theater performances. Ranging from the World of Coca-Cola to the Georgia Aquarium to more than

800-422-9244 ATL Airport District 2000 Convention Center Concourse College Park, GA 30337 Kristin Schneider 404-334-7508 kschneider@atldistrict.com www.atldistrict.com As up-and-coming as it is down-home, the ATL Airport District offers a chance to experience a unique blend of energy that can only be found where for ces of industry, technology, hospitality and history meet. Atlanta Opera 1575 Northside Drive, NW Building 300, Suite 350 Atlanta, GA 30318 Rebecca Danis 404-881-8801 rdanis@atlantaopera.org www.atlantaopera.org The Atlanta Opera strives to expand the experience of its patrons with memorable and exciting per formances reflecting the highest musical and theatrical standards, while supporting community and educational programs. College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience 250 Marietta St. N.W. Atlanta, GA 30313 Jodi O'Gara • 404-880-4841 groups@cfbhall.com www.cfbhall.com The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is the ultimate Atlanta destination for fans and football. grouptraveldirectory.com


11,000 permanent works at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta has something for everyone in your group. Georgia’s historic sites span the breadth of American history from colonial coastal forts to major Civil War battlefields and civil rights locations. The most infamous military attraction is the prisoner-of-war camp at Andersonville, where thousands died of diseases resulting from overcrowding and malnutrition. From the extreme to the tranquil, Georgia offers the best of the South.

ExploreGeorgia.org Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker St. Atlanta, GA 30313 Sarah Dollacker 404-581-4189 sdollacker@georgiaaquarium.org www.georgiaaquarium.org Georgia Aquarium features more animals than any other aquarium in more than ten million gallons of water. Through a path of more than 60 exhibits, the Aquarium tells a global water stor y. Inside CNN Studio Tour One CNN Center - Atrium Level Atlanta, GA 30303 877-426-6868 www.cnn.com/insidecnn The Inside CNN Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes of the working studios at the global headquarters of CNN Worldwide in Atlanta. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum 453 Freedom Pkwy. Atlanta, GA 30307 404-865-7114 jimmycarterlibrary.gov The Museum of the Jimmy Carter Librar y includes photographs and historical memorabilia from the Carter presidency (1977-1981). An exact replica of the Oval Office and gifts received by the Carters are also featured. A permanent exhibit of significant events occurring during Jimmy Carter's life and political career includes photographs with interpretative text.

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Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau 450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Macon, GA 31201 Veronica Gruber 478-743-1074 ext. 105 vgruber@visitmacon.org www.visitmacon.org Rich history, incredible architecture, stunning southern charm and a soulful musical heritage have branded Macon, Georgia "Where Soul Lives." Savannah Riverboat Cruises P.O. Box 10086 Savannah, GA 31412 800-786-6404 info@savannahriverboat.com www.savannahriverboat.com Book tours and tickets online and save. Call tollfree for assistance with reservations, group tour bookings and private charters. Enjoy discounted rates for all cruises and reserved seating for dinner, lunch and brunch cruises. Savannah Theatre 222 Bull St. Savannah, GA 31401 Christina Lopez 912-233-5542 or 912-233-7764 christina@savannahtheatre.com www.savannahtheatre.com "SAVANNAH LIVE!" is a 2-hour, high-energy live music show with singing, dancing and comedy that's perfect for groups of all ages; per formed year-round. See Rock City 1400 Patten Rd. Lookout Mountain, GA 800-854-0675 www.seerockcity.com Rock City Gardens offers a variety of options for groups of 15 or more. All Rock City Gardens tours are self-guided. We also offer group rates for Rock City’s holiday spectacular Enchanted Garden of Lights and a multi-media Civil War presentation at the Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map and Museum. Visit Savannah 101 E. Bay St. Savannah, GA 31401 Mindy Shea 912-644-6419 mshea@visitsavannah.com www.visitsavannah.com Waiting to charm you with tree-filled squares and perfectly preserved historic buildings, Savannah mesmerizes you with the past and her unforgettable natural beauty.

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Lake Lanier CVB 2875 Browns Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30504 770-536-5209 info@discoverlakelanier.com www.discoverlakelanier.com At Lake Lanier, there’s something for everyone. Pick your pleasure – on and off the water . It’s waiting for you.

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he ATL Airport District offers over 8,000 leading-brand hotel rooms, including award-winning hotels from limited service to full service — many providing free breakfast and transportation to and from the airport. In addition to saving over 30% on accommodation costs compared to downtown Atlanta, the area also features unique shops, local breweries and restaurants, and a thriving culture of its very own. If you are seeking new experiences, the ATL District is home to the Porsche Driving Experience, and only 10 miles from downtown Atlanta and popular attractions such as the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park. A visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights takes you on a journey through the American Civil Rights and Global Human Rights movements. Two of our hometown heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Jimmy Carter, also have centers dedicated to their life work. Or if arts are your thing, treat yourself to an afternoon at Atlanta’s renowned High Museum of Art, featuring more than 15,000 works of art. One of the country’s most connected and convenient destinations, the ATL Airport District is home to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) — the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, serving more than 150 cities across the U.S. and over 60 international destinations daily. Connected to everything you want to do, and convenient to everything you could need, the ATL Airport District is the ideal location for your group to spend on what you see, not on where you sleep.

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he Hawaiian Islands offers a world-class group experience found nowhere else. Six beautiful islands Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii - present a collection of first-rate resorts and fun activities. The most visited attraction in Hawaii is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which encompasses the summit of the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, and the world’s most massive volcano, Mauna Loa.

808-923-1811 Aston Hotels & Resorts 2155 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 500 Honolulu, HI 96815 Group Sales 800-336-5599 groups@astonhotels.com www.astonhotels.com/groups Great Oahu, Maui and Kauai locations, specially discounted group rates and a variety of rooms to choose from. Our staff is dedicated to making sure your group is completely satisfied with their stay in Hawaii. Hawaii VCB 2270 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 801 Honolulu, HI 96815 800-464-2924 info@hvcb.org www.hvcb.org Escape to a serene tropical paradise and enjoy the floral air, warm waters and breathtaking natural scenery unlike anywhere else. The Hawaii VCB can help connect your group to the resour ces they need for the best trip possible. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel 2525 Ka’anapali Pkwy. Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761 800-262-8450 sales@kbhmaui.com www.kbhmaui.com Stay in luxury at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, voted the "Best Budget Hotel," and surround yourself with traditional Hawaiian culture, award-winning island cuisine and the best views the area can offer .

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IDAHO The pleasantness of Hawaii’s balmy year-round climate is complemented by the warmth of its Aloha Spirit. Hawaii’s native culture is celebrated in all walks of life, and the 50th state’s multi-ethnic diversity fosters a comfortable, inviting and invigorating atmosphere. Spectacular outdoor adventures await in Hawaii, inviting visitors to enjoy the wonders of the tropics.

GoHawaii.com Polynesian Cultural Center 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy. Laie, HI 96762 800-367-7060 westbound@polynesia.com www.polynesia.com Go native and experience authentic Polynesian village life and culture at the Polynesian Cultural Center, including dining, activities, events, luaus and live entertainment. USS Arizona Memorial 1 Arizona Memorial Place Honolulu, HI 96818 808-422-3300 php@pacifichistoricparks.org www.pacifichistoricparks.org At Pearl Harbor groups can walk through a piece of WWII history when they visit the final resting place of the USS Arizona and its crew. Waikele Premium Outlets 94-790 Lumiania St. Waipahu, HI 96797 808-676-5656 traveltrade@premiumoutlets.com www.premiumoutlets.com/waikele Over 50 outlet stores, incredible savings and the best brand names, all in one conveniently located shopping complex. Group tours are available.

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spectacular and impressive state, Idaho is a land of startling contrasts. From rugged, forested mountains to the high desert, Idaho has many unique characteristics. Within her borders there’s a canyon deeper than the Grand Canyon (Hells Canyon), a waterfall higher than Niagara Falls (Shoshone Falls), sand dunes taller than Death Valley’s (Bruneau Dunes) and historical trails as old as the U.S. itself (Lewis & Clark and the Oregon Trail).

208-334-2470 Beamers Hells Canyon Tours and Excursions P.O. Box 12436 Lewiston, ID 83501 800-522-6966 jill@bhct.net www.hellscanyontours.com Special discounts available for groups of 20 or more. We offer customized tours for your group to choose from or let us create an excursion specific to your group’s needs.

Boise CVB 250 S. Fifth St., Suite 300 Boise, ID 83702 Terry Kopp 800-635-5240 tkopp@boisecvb.org www.boise.org Whether it’s your destination or simply a stop along the way, Boise makes an ideal place to explore all the West has to offer.

Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel U.S. Hwy. 95 Worley, ID 83876 Amanda Weinclaw 800-523-2464 aweinclaw@cdacasino.com www.cdacasino.com Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel is a hub of gaming and Native American hospitality. With 300 luxury rooms and over 100,000 sq. ft. of gaming space, it is considered the premier casino in Idaho.

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ILLINOIS An abundance of publicly held land is the playground for activities in any season. For downhill skiing, Bogus Basin, 16 miles north of Boise; Silver Mountain, south of Kellogg; and Sun Valley will satisfy your need for speed. Idaho’s waterways provide rafting, kayaking and canoeing. The Grand Tetons, Sun Valley and Yellowstone feature scenic trails for equestrian activities.

VisitIdaho.org Idaho Falls CVB 630 West Broadway Idaho Falls, ID 83402 866-365-6943 www.visitidahofalls.com Nestled among the Rocky Mountains in the Snake River Plain, beneath the shadow of the Grand Teton, Idaho Falls is a place worth exploring. Rexburg Chamber 127 E. Main St. Rexburg, ID 83440 800-634-3246 info@yellowstoneteton.org www.yellowstoneteton.org Whether your itinerary includes activities or sightseeing near the west entrance or excursions and adventures centered around the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park, be assured that this region will provide a lifetime of memories. Snake River Adventures 227 Snake River Ave. Lewiston, ID 83501 800-262-8874 sratours@gmail.com www.snakeriveradventures.com Snake River Adventures offers a myriad of exciting and fabulous adventures ranging from half day to full day Jet Boat Tours. Charter a guided fishing trip on the Snake, Salmon or Clearwater river.

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llinois has something for everyone: world-class shopping, historic sights, indoor and outdoor adventures. It’s a geographically, historically and culturally diverse state with a plethora of offerings. During the summer months, Illinois has endless options for splendid scenery. Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, which extends for 20 miles along the shore of Lake Michigan, has paths for biking, running and skating. If you’re brave enough to visit Illinois in

312-793-2369 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck 875 N Michigan Ave., Suite 3412 Chicago, IL 60611 Tony Wong 312-751-3681 groupsales@360chicago.com www.360chicago.com 360 CHICAGO offers the best views of Chicago's skyline, lakefront and four neighboring states. It's the only place you can enjoy the thrill of TIL T. Aurora Area CVB 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL 60506 Pete Garlock 630-256-3194 sales@enjoyaurora.com www.enjoyaurora.com Broadway-caliber theater, world-class shopping and attractions, destination dining, regional access and group-friendly amenities are home in the Aurora Area. Blackhawk Waterways CVB 201 N. Franklin Ave. Polo, IL 61064 Lori King 800-678-2108 office@bwcvb.com www.visitnorthwestillinois.com Blackhawk Waterways region in Northwest Illinois offers group-friendly attractions and accommodations including Ronald Reagan, John Deere historic site, De Immigrant Windmill and more.

the colder months, prepare for a winter wonderland. To take in art, nature, history and culture, visit one of Chicago’s many museums, including the Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum or Museum of Science and Industry. From the Magnificent Mile and Route 66 to wine trails and scenic byways, Illinois offers a wide variety of destinations for your next group trip.

TourIllinois.org Blue Man Group 3133 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657 773-348-3300 www.blueman.com Add some color to your next Chicago group tour. An outrageous evening of entertainment - and a great way to inspire, energize, motivate and entertain your group. Broadway In Chicago Group Sales 17 N. State St., Suite 810 Chicago, IL 60602 Gemma Mulvihill 312-977-1710 groupsales@broadwayinchicago.com www.broadwayinchicago.com Reserve seats at five of Chicago's finest theaters for the most exciting Broadway In Chicago shows. Burr Ridge Hotels 7660 County Line Rd. Burr Ridge, IL 60527 Phil Yaeger 216-233-4560 contact@burrridgehotels.com www.burrridgehotels.com Close to downtown and area attractions, the Village of Burr Ridge is the closest upscale suburban hotel district to downtown Chicago. Voted Chicago's #1 Suburb.

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ust minutes from downtown Chicago, the Chicago Southland offers group tour planners accessibility, affordability and versatility, all with a full complement of services. Conveniently accessible throughout the Chicagoarea via Interstates 80, 90, 94, 294, 355, 55 and 57, the Chicago Southland is an ideal group tour location. Step into 100+ acres of wild prairie swales on the campus of Governors State University in University Park and experience the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. 28 monumental sculptures dot the landscape ranging from smaller limestone sculptures to a 30+ foot tall fiberglass sculpture of Paul Bunyan to the Bodark Arc, a piece of land art that is best seen from the air. Guided tours with knowledgeable docents are available for groups. Our region offers a variety of experiences for group tours and is a superior stopover for Chicago tours and convenient to points north, south, east and west.

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Celebration River Cruises 2501 River Drive Moline, IL 61265 Susan Yarolem 309-764-1952 susan@celebrationbelle.com www.celebrationbelle.com Celebration River Cruises is a family-owned and operated business. The Schadler family is involved in every aspect of the boat's day-to-day operations, from cooking the food fresh daily, helping serve their guests, keeping the engines running smoother and even piloting the vessel. Chicago Southland CVB 2304 173rd St. Lansing, IL 60438 Tobie Fitzpatrick 888-895-3211 grouptour@visitchicagosouthland.com www.tourchicagosouthland.com Chicago Southland offers accessibility, affordability and versatility, all with a full complement of ser vices. Chicago Southland is the ideal group tour location. Chicago's North Shore CVB 8001 Lincoln Ave., Suite 715 Skokie, IL 60077 Caryn Shulman 847-763-0011 cshulman@cnscvb.com www.visitchicagonorthshore.com Bordering Chicago along Lake Michigan, Chicago's North Shore is the most scenic area in metropolitan Chicago combined with the abundance of attractions, dining and shopping choices. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse 1828 Third Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201 Brett Hitchcock 309-786-2667 bhitchcock@circa21.com www.circa21.com One of the nation’s premier dinner theatres, serving up top Broadway musicals and comedies for 38 years. The majority of the actors who appear on the Circa ’21 stage are hired from New York and other professional auditions across the country. Effingham CVB 1505 Hampton Drive Effingham, IL 62401 Jodi Thoele 800-772-0750 thoelej@ci.effingham.il.us www.visiteffinghamil.com Effingham is a centrally located community with fantastic culinary attractions and much more. Firefly Grill, John Boos & Co, Tuscan Hills Winery.

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ust 37 miles west of Chicago, the Aurora Area offers a true shopping destination in the newly expanded Chicago Premium Outlets. Home to over 150 designer and brand-name stores, Chicago Premium Outlets is the largest outlet center in the Chicagoland market and the ninth largest outdoor mall in North America. Some of the area’s best dining can be had at nearby hot-spots Hardware, a sustainable gastropub and brewery with its own on-site hop farm, and Turf Room, featuring a unique American eclectic menu and an extensive

wine list. Nearby Sandwich, IL is known as the antique shopper’s capital of the area, with some of the oldest and largest antique shops in the state and a popular Sunday at Sandwich Antiques Show, a great way to end a weekend in the area. The Aurora Area is also known for daring and award-winning Broadway theater, one of Chicagoland’s newest outdoor concert venues, architectural marvels like Farnsworth House, and Illinois’ largest water park to beat the heat in summer months. Get in the know about the Aurora Area – your shoppers already do!

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Group Theater Tix P.O. Box 4771 Skokie, IL 60076 Tami Manton 312-423-6612 tami@grouptheatertix.com www.grouptheatertix.com Group Theater Tix is Chicago’s #1 group sales agency for off-Loop commercial theater. They provide personal service and represent shows that match the individual needs of your group.

Quincy Area CVB 532 Gardner Expressway Quincy, IL 62301 Lori Tuttle 800-978-4748 ltuttle@seequincy.com www.seequincy.com Sitting pretty on the Great River Road, Quincy encompasses 3,600 National Register buildings and 70 brilliant chefs—a winning destination for architecture and food buffs.

Illinois Railway Museum 7000 Olson Rd. Union, IL 60180 Ed Rosengren 815-923-4391 erosengren@sbcglobal.net www.irm.org Located 55 miles northwest of Chicago, the Illinois Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the United States.

Shoreline Sightseeing 600 E. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 Amy Hartnett 312-373-7258 groups@shorelinesightseeing.com www.shorelinesightseeing.com/group-tours/ Explore your Chicago in a whole new way on a Shoreline Architecture River Tour, Classic Lake Tour or Fireworks Tour. Great group rates March through November.

Pheasant Run Resort 4051 E. Main St. St. Charles, IL 60174 Group Sales • 630-584-6300 info@pheasantrun.com www.pheasantrun.com Pheasant Run Resort offers a variety of onsite dining, entertainment and recreation as well as proximity to Chicago.

Spirit of Peoria 100 N.E. Water St. Peoria, IL 61602 Alex Grieves 800-676-8988 info@spiritofpeoria.com www.spiritofpeoria.com The Spirit of Peoria is one of the few authentic paddlewheelers in the nation offering multiple-day and overnight cruises ranging from single-day cruises to five-day cruises. Your group can take a trip from Peoria, Illinois to Starved Rock State Park, St. Louis or Hannibal, Missouri. Visit Champaign County 108 S. Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820 Leah Longueville 217-351-4133 leahl@visitchampaigncounty.org www.visitchampaigncounty.org/groups Discover something outside of the ordinar y in Champaign County—art, culture, local food and more in a micro-urban oasis, home to the University of Illinois. Visit Lake County, Illinois 5465 W. Grand Ave., Suite 100 Gurnee, IL 60031 Jayne Nordstrom 800-525-3669 jayne@lakecounty.org www.visitlakecounty.org/meetings_groups.cfm Just north of Chicago, Lake County is the home to Six Flags Great America, Gurnee Mills, Ravinia, Tempel Lipizzans, Gold Pyramid House, Great Lakes Naval Base! Visit McHenry County, Illinois 11879 E. Main St. Huntley, IL 60142 Jaki Berggren 815-893-6280 jaki@visitmchenrycounty.com www.visitmchenrycounty.com From farm tours to private-estate experiences, we offer small-town ambiance with big-city amenities just 50 miles northwest of Chicago.

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cHenry County has endless options for adventurers and for those who want to view the adventure from a comfortable distance. Our annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Harvard is an inspiring sight to see as the air overhead fills with bright, colorful balloons. The Quarry Cable Park and Grille in Crystal Lake offers a stellar meal experience with a view of the adventurous wakeboarders. For a truly outstanding cultural experience, the Sanfilippo Estate’s Place de la Musique boasts a lavish collection of restored mechanical antiques and the most spectacular European Salon Carousel anyone has ever seen. Of course, we’re also known for our collection of country pleasures, like our seasonal farms, where guests can get lost in a corn maze and pick their own apples and pumpkins. If your group isn’t into getting lost or doing heavy lifting, there are plenty of pre-picked products available. We’re also known for our boutiques, galleries, museums, festivals and restaurants. Summer, spring, winter or fall, all you have to do is call (or check us out at visitmchenry.com) and we’ll help you plan the perfect seasonal group outing in McHenry County.

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rom the sand dunes of Lake Michigan in the north to the rolling hills in the south, Indiana offers diverse opportunities for travelers. Family fun, girlfriend getaways and romantic weekend options abound in all of Indiana’s six tourism regions. Wineries, bed & breakfasts and scenic beauty help visitors relax and rejuvenate. Amusement parks, world-class attractions and the beaches of Lake Michigan provide fun for all ages. Gaming, golfing and resort hotels cater to those who wish to be

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Amish Country of Northern Indiana 219 Caravan Drive Elkhart, IN 46514 Sonya Nash 574-903-1148 sonya@amishcountry.org www.amishcountrytours.org Third largest Amish community, located 120 miles east of Chicago. Quilt Gardens. Family-style dining. Theatre. Flea Market. Brown Bag Tour. Countrythemed hotels and shops.

Derby Dinner Playhouse 525 Marriott Drive Clarksville, IN 47129 Missy Braun 812-288-2632 ext. 113 groups@derbydinner.com www.derbydinner.com A 500-seat dinner theatre featuring Broadway musicals and comedies. A freshly prepared homestyle buffet is included in the ticket price. Group rates available.

Anderson/Madison County VCB 6335 S. Scatterfield Rd. Anderson, IN 46013 Maureen Lambert 765-643-5633 maureen@visitamcvb.com www.visitandersonmadisoncounty.com The Fun Starts Here in Madison County. Located off I-69 at Exit 226, we're 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Harrison County CVB 310 N. Elm St. Corydon, IN 47112 Stacy Pirtle 888-738-2137 stacyp@thisisIndiana.org www.thisisIndiana.org Come visit Historic Corydon and Harrison County, Indiana, only 30 minutes from Louisville, Kentucky and two hours from Indianapolis!

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre 9301 Michigan Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46268 Meghan Armitage 317-876-0503 groups@beefandboards.com www.beefandboards.com/groups/ Beef & Boards serves up professional Broadway shows with a tasty buffet meal, all in a convenientlylocated, intimate setting. Ample free parking. Great group rates.

Visit Southeast Indiana 320 Walnut St. Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 Sally McWilliams 812-265-6999 smcwilliams@visitsoutheastindiana.com www.visitsoutheastindiana.com Dearborn County/Southeast Indiana is the per fect place for groups to play. Ask about themed tours and the unique Tour for the Cure program.

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owa offers a sense of place, from the Mighty Mississippi River to the Missouri on the state’s western border. Along the Great River Road, tour the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium to discover the natural and human history of America’s greatest river. For a romantic destination, wander through the Bridges of Madison County, made famous by the novel and Hollywood film. The Amana Colonies, a National Historic Landmark, comprise seven German villages settled in the 1850s. Fast forward to the 21st

888-472-6035 Blank Park Zoo 7401 S.W. Ninth St. Des Moines, IA 50315 Group Sales 515-974-2589 info@blankparkzoo.com www.blankparkzoo.com Rare and endangered animals plus out-of-this-world visitor experiences and events put Blank Park Zoo at the top of your Iowa must-see list. Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau 6510 Hudson Rd. Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Becky Wagner 800-845-1955 becky.wagner@cedarfallstourism.org www.cedarfallstourism.org You're invited to stop and stay in Cedar Falls. Shop historic downtown, catch a live show and dine at one of the unique restaurants. Dubuque Area CVB 300 Main St., Suite 120 Dubuque, IA 52001 Whitney Sanger 563-845-7698 wsanger@traveldubuque.com www.traveldubuque.com Dubuque, Iowa has it all. Explore two Smithsonian affiliates, cruise the Mississippi River, embark on a Historic Progressive Dinner and Food Tour.

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century and the excitement of Iowa’s newest casino resorts, offering gaming, dining, spas, golf and more. Urban centers offer a variety of dining and lodging options, along with festivals and entertainment. And the beauty of Iowa’s rolling countryside is never more than a few minutes away.

TravelIowa.com German American Heritage Center 712 W. Second St. Davenport, IA 52802 Janet Brown-Lowe 563-322-8844 admin@gahc.org www.gahc.org The German American Heritage Center is a museum that promotes and preserves German immigrant contributions with a permanent exhibit, two temporar y galleries and gift shop. Gladbrook Theater & Matchstick Marvels 319 Second St. Gladbrook, IA 50635 JoAnn Ruopp 641-473-2410 glbktheater@iowatelecom.net www.matchstickmarvels.com What's so impressive about a 13-foot, true-to-scale model of the battleship USS Iowa and a 12-foor lighted model of the United States Capitol? W ell, maybe that they're made completely out of oridinar y wooden matchsticks. Greater Des Moines CVB 400 Locust St., Suite 265 Des Moines, IA 50309 Katie Stien 515-699-3432 katies@catchdesmoines.com www.catchdesmoines.com Catch a ride to Des Moines and discover world-class attractions awaiting your group. Behind-the-scenes tours, hands-on experiences and more. Catch the satisfaction of sold-out tours. grouptraveldirectory.com

Greater Ottumwa CVB 102 Church St. Ottumwa, IA 52501 Abby Kisling • 641-684-4303 info@exploreottumwa.com www.exploreottumwa.com Ottumwa is located in picturesque southeastern Iowa. Rich in history, culture and outdoor recreation, Ottumwa makes the ideal location for your group tour experience.

Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum 2211 Nelson Lane Oskaloosa, IA 52577 Kelly Halbert 641-672-2989 curator@nelsonpioneer.org www.nelsonpioneer.org Visit with Aunt Matt Nelson, the feisty spinster, while she tells about the family farm, pioneer secrets, growing up and growing old in Oskaloosa.

Grout Museum District 503 South St. Waterloo, IA 50701 Christy Decker • 319-234-6357 christy.decker@gmdistrict.org www.gmdistrict.org The Grout Museum District offers guided/self-guided tours for each of its Museum District properties, also various themed tours and special militar y reunion tours.

Okoboji Tourism Committee 243 W. Broadway Arnolds Park, IA 51331 Carina Woodward 712-332-2209 carina@vacationokoboji.com www.vacationokoboji.com "Meet with Confidence" in Okoboji. We're Iowa's #1 Vacation Destination and the ideal location for business meetings, conventions, weddings, celebrations and group getaways.

Heartland Acres Agribition Center 2600 Swan Lake Blvd. Independence, IA 50644 Craig Johnson 319-332-0123 craig@heartlandacresusa.com www.heartlandacresusa.com Heartland Acres Agribition Center shares with its visitors the past, present and future of Iowa agriculture. Holiday Inn Express 1201 Canal Shore Drive LeClaire, IA 52753 Barbara Epton • 563-289-9978 barbara.epton@glmghotels.com www.hiexpress.com/leclaireia Breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and special group rates at the Holiday Inn Express, LeClaire, Iowa. Iowa Group Travel Association 4122 98th St. Urbandale, IA 50322 Gaela Wilson • 641-420-9003 info@iowagrouptravel.org www.iowagrouptravel.org With Iowa Group Travel Association,the only statewide organization in Iowa dedicated to group motor coach travel, you'll discover Iowa's best group-friendly attractions, destinations, dining and accommodations. Madison County Chamber of Commerce 73 Jefferson St. Winterset, IA 50273 Teddi Yaeger • 515-462-1185 tourism@madisoncounty.com www.madisoncounty.com Madison County, Iowa is home to world-famous covered bridges, the setting of "The Bridges of Madison County" and the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library 1400 Inspiration Place S.W. Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 Carrie Kriz • 319-362-8500, ext. 194 ckriz@ncsml.org www.ncsml.org Located in the Czech Village of Cedar Rapids, the NCSML inspires to connect people of all backgrounds to Czech and Slovak history and culture.

Riverboat Twilight Front Street Pier LeClaire, IA 52753 Carrie Stier 800 331-1467 info@riverboattwilight.com www.riverboattwilight.com One-and two-day Mississippi River Cruises aboard Victorian-styled Riverboat Twilight. The captain is your guide to eagles, towering bluffs and historic river towns. Visit Mason City 2021 4th St. S.W. Mason City, IA 50401 Lindsey James 800-423-5724 ljames@visitmasoncityiowa.com www.visitmasoncityiowa.com Memorable moments await in Mason City, Iowa. Home of "The Music Man," the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel in the world and more. Waterloo CVB 500 Jefferson St. Waterloo, IA 50701 Erin Schmitz 800-728-8431 erin@travelwaterloo.com www.travelwaterloo.com Dig a destination rich in heritage and histor y. Tours of all types. Dining and nightlife. Group-friendly accommodations. Award-winning attractions and more. Dig Waterloo, Iowa. Winneshiek County CVB 507 W. Water St. Decorah, IA 52101 Charlene Selbee 563-382-2023 director@visitdecorah.com www.visitdecorah.com Decorah, recognized as the #1 Greatest Town in Iowa by Midwest Living.

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ansas is a diverse state with so many things to see and experience. Kansas is known for frontier history, Wild West legends, diverse wildlife, scenic nature trails, geological wonders, rich aviation history and agricultural venues. The Sunflower State boasts maple forests, the rolling Smoky Hills, Cimarron National Grasslands and sand dunes. Explore one of the 26 Kansas state parks for hiking and biking trails, camping options, or an up-close look at the state's

785-296-2009 Boot Hill Casino & Resor t 4000 W. Comanche Dodge City, KS 67801 877-906-0777 bhcrgrouptours@boothillcasino.com www.boothillcasino.com If you like feeling the rush of action-packed gaming, Boot Hill Casino & Resort is your place to play . Saddle up and head for legendar y Dodge. Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum 1100 N. Plum St. Hutchinson, KS 67502 Janet Fischer 620-665-9340 janetf@cosmo.org www.cosmo.org Spacecraft, rockets, spacesuits. Featuring the largest combined collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the Western world. Dodge City CVB 400 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. Dodge City, KS 67801 Chris Haselhorst 800-653-9378 christinah@dodgecity.org www.visitdodgecity.org Named True West Magazine’s #1 True Western Town, Dodge City, Kansas is the perfect location for a charming and historical group getaway. With over a century and a half’s worth of history, there’s plenty to learn, see and experience in Dodge City.

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scenery and wildlife. For those looking for a more social experience, Kansas offers a variety of music, theater, dance and entertainment hot spots. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure or a relaxing trip, Kansas is sure to deliver.

TravelKS.com Liberal CVB 1 Yellow Brick Rd. Liberal, KS 67901 Sally Fuller • 800-542-3725 tourism@cityofliberal.org www.visitliberal.com If a trip down the Yellow Brick Road sounds like a good time to your group, head down to Dorothy’ s official hometown of Liberal, Kansas for your next trip. Liberal offers picturesque views, a charming culture and history, breathtaking sunsets and a large array of attractions and activities. Rolling Hills Zoo 625 N. Hedville Rd. Salina, KS 67401 Tracy Allen • 785-827-9488 ext. 114 tracy@rollinghillszoo.org www. rollinghillswildlife.com Rolling Hills is fun for the young and the young at heart, and the scenery is unbeatable. Let zoo staff be your hosts for your group's next event - you can rest assured it will be unforgettable. Visit Salina 120 W. Ash Salina, KS 67402 Sylvia Rice • 877-725-4625 srice@salinakansas.org www.visitsalinaks.org Salina...a blend of 'big city' amenities and relaxed 'small city' charm is the right place for you. Located in America's heartland at the crossroads of I-70 and I-135. Whether you are looking for a quick getaway , doing some shopping, taking in a concert, theatre performance or sports event, your reason is the right reason to Visit Salina.

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here’s only one Kentucky, and only in Kentucky can you explore the longest mapped cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave National Park. While here, tour the distilleries where 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is produced; visit the birthplaces of both Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, and Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass music; and discover the museum dedicated to the fastest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby Museum. Enjoy the beauty of the rolling Bluegrass Region, the rugged terrain of the Appalachian

800-225-8747 Belle of Louisville 401 W. River Rd. Louisville, KY 40202 866-832-0011 www.belleoflouisville.org Experience spectacular views of downtown Louisville as you cruise the beautiful Ohio River for lunch or dinner. Louisville Slugger Museum 800 W. Main St. Louisville, KY 40202 877-775-8443 groupsales@sluggermuseum.com www.sluggermuseum.org A visit to the museum shows you how the sport has changed a bit between then and now, but the crack of the bat remains one of the sporting world's most thrilling moments. Muhammad Ali Center 144 North Sixth St. Louisville, KY 40202 Morgan Szabo 502-584-9254 mszabo@alicenter.org www.alicenter.org Explore the Muhammad Ali Center to learn about the life, legacy and Core Principles of Muhammad Ali. This award-winning visitor experience was designed to inspire people to find the greatness within themselves, and is centered on the six Core Principles that define Muhammad Ali: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect and Spirituality.

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LOUISIANA Mountains, the relaxation of our many lakes and the nightlife of our cities. Be it rock climbing, hiking, ziplining, horseback riding, fishing or enjoying fine Southern dining, you will find it all in Kentucky. All options provide for a restful or action packed vacation.

KentuckyTourism.com The Galt House Hotel 140 N. Fourth St. Louisville, KY 40202 Karli Shannon 502-568-3460 kshannon@galthotel.com www.galthouse.com The Galt House Hotel maintains a reputation as the largest hotel in Kentucky, offering a vast array of beautiful rooms, dining options and luxurious amenities. National Corvette Museum 350 Corvette Drive Bowling Green, KY 42101 Debbie Eaton 270-467-8808 debbie@corvettemuseum.org www.corvettemuseum.org Museum featuring more than 70 Cor vettes in period settings, prototype models, special exhibits, cafe and store. Open daily. Easy interstate access. Renfro Valley Entertainment Center 2380 Richmond St. Mt Vernon, KY 40456 Chris Carosello 800-765-7464 ccarosello@renfrovalley.com www.renfrovalley.com Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is "Kentucky's Country Music Capital!" A tradition since 1939 with country, gospel and bluegrass music ringing from rafters of two unique theaters.

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ou’re always welcome in Louisiana. In fact, we’re already planning the party. Louisiana boasts more than 400 festivals each year. If it walks, crawls, swims or flies, Louisiana will salute it with a festival before we toss it in a gumbo pot. Festival themes vary—jazz, strawberries, frogs and po’boys, just to name a few. And you better come hungry. A meal in Louisiana is not simply nourishment but an affectionate nod to history and family. For generations, Louisianians have blended ingredients of French, Spanish, Native

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Audubon Nature Institute, Inc. 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118 Dale Nix 800-774-7394 air@auduboninstitute.org www.audubonnatureinstitute.org The Audubon Nature Institute is a family of nature museums that includes a zoo, aquarium, Giant Screen Theater and butterfly garden and insectarium.

Iberia Parish CVB 2513 Hwy. 14 New Iberia, LA 70560 Fran Thibodeaux 337-492-5454 fran@iberiatravel.com www.iberiatravel.com/group-travel Visit Iberia Parish and "Savor the Difference" with our delicious cuisine, toe-tapping music and excellent attractions. It'll be too hot to pass up.

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Metairie 2713 N. Causeway Blvd. Metairie, LA 70002 Gina Abernathy 504-835-4141 gabernathy@cismetairie.com www.countryinns.com/metairiela Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Metairie is the perfect 10. We are just minutes from the downtown New Orleans area and airport.

Longue Vue House and Gardens 7 Bamboo Rd. New Orleans, LA 70124 504-488-5488 info@longuevue.com www.longuevue.com Longue Vue's mission is to preserve and use the historical and artistic legacy of Longue V ue and its creators to educate and inspire people to pursue beauty and civic responsibility in their lives.

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter 541 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA 70130 Nicole Maxwell 504-648-2325 n.maxwell@fourpointsfrenchquarter.com www.fourpointsfrenchquarter.com Everything New Orleans - jazz, shopping, museums, nightlife and more - only steps from our front door at Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter.

New Orleans CVB 2020 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70130 Thu Tran 504-566-5053 ttran@neworleanscvb.com www.neworleanscvb.com New Orleans entices visitors with charm and sophistication. Stroll through the eclectic boutiques and galleries, listen to live music and dine on worldfamous cuisine.

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New Orleans Hotel Collection 1380 Port of Orleans Place New Orleans, LA 70130 Laurie Guidry 504-527-0428 laurie.guidry@neworleanshotelcollection.com www.neworleanshotelcollection.com Authentic, highly rated hotels in the collection are: Bourbon Orleans, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, Dauphine Orleans, The Whitney Hotel, Hotel Mazarin and Hotel Le Marais. With French Quarter locations, free breakfast, live jazz and welcome drinks for groups. Oak Alley Plantation 3645 Hwy. 18 Vacherie, LA 70090 Hillary Loeber 225-265-2151 hloeber@oakalleyplantation.org www.oakalleyplantation.org See Oak Alley Plantation's historic grounds on a guided tour of the Big House, Civil W ar Encampment Exhibit and Slave Quarter Exhibit. Groups are also invited to dine and enjoy the Cajun/Creole cuisine. Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau 629 Spring St. Shreveport, LA 71101 Erica Telsee 800-551-8682, ext. 104 etelsee@sbctb.org www.shreveport-bossier.org/groups Bring your next group to Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana's Other Side. Discover a variety of groupfriendly attractions, affordable accommodations, riverfront shopping, Southern food and year-round festivals. Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission 1905 Veteran's Memorial Drive Abbeville, LA 70510 Alison Miller 337-898-6600 director@vermilion.org www.vermilion.org Visit "The Most Cajun Place on Earth" and experience all the pleasures of Cajun Countr y. Located minutes from Lafayette and New Iberia.

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ew England’s largest state offers group experiences that are uniquely Maine. Stunning coastal scenery, historic downtowns, lighthouses, watchable wildlife and distinctive cultural attractions are just a few of the opportunities that await. In Maine, your only boundaries are the state lines. With more than 3,500 miles of coastline, the highlights of many Maine itineraries are explorations of our maritime history and seafaring industries. Groups can explore historic forts, climb light-

207-624-9808 Greater Bangor CVB 330 Harlow St. Bangor, ME 04402 800-916-6673 info@visitbangormaine.com www.visitbangormaine.com The Greater Bangor region offers a surprising mix of cosmopolitan experiences and Old World traditions. The unique spirit of the Greater Bangor Region is evident in its charming shops, delicious dining and world-class performing arts. The opportunity to indulge in culture and nature will beckon you at ever y turn and is all within the city limits or just a short drive away. Kennebunkport Historical Society P.O. Box 1173 Kennebunkport, ME 04046 207-967-2751 www.kporthistory.org Come see our historic house tours, village walking tours and exhibits, including a one-room school, shipyard office, old jail cells, blacksmith shop and Pasco Exhibit Center. Len Libby Handmade Candies 419 U.S. Route 1 Scarborough, ME 04074 Group Sales 204-883-4897 lenlibby@lenlibby.com www.lenlibby.com Come visit us and see the world's only life-size chocolate moose, Lenny, made of 1,700 pounds of the finest milk chocolate, hand sculpted on-site.

house towers, take a lobster boat excursion and pull traps, dine on the freshest seafood or sail into the sunset aboard a 100-year-old windjammer. Inland, our mountains and lakes offer stunning vistas in all seasons along with the opportunity to take a moose safari, learn to sluice for gems, or for the more adventurous, embark on a mountain-side zip line tour. In Maine your passengers not only get a vacation, they get a unique experience they will never forget.

VisitMaine.com Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St. Bath, ME 04530 207-443-1316 reservations@maritimeme.org www.maritimeme.org See the full-scale evocation of the world's largest wooden sailing ship Wyoming, built on this site, the largest sculpture in New England. Expansive lobstering exhibit tells history of industry in Maine plus the Victorian home of the shipyard owner's family. Maine State Music Theatre 1 Bath Rd. Brunswick, ME 04011 Olivia Wenner 207-725-8760, ext. 18 promotions@msmt.org www.msmt.org/group-tickets See a show at Maine State Music Theatre and enjoy all that the Southern Midcoast Maine Region can offer. Witham Family Hotels 215 High St. Ellsworth, ME 04605 Kelly Wilder 207-288-8279 kelly@withamhotels.com www.withamhotels.com Witham Family Hotels provides uncompromising commitment to quality to ensure that your group gets the most out of its East Coast visit. Y our group can choose from 14 properties across the state of Maine.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Baltimore 301 Light St. Baltimore, MD 21202 Charise Epps 443-615-7865 baltimoregroups@ripleys.com www.ripleys.com/baltimore The weird and wonderful world of Ripley's is a fun and unique way to spend time with a group of 10 or more.

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aryland offers a wide variety of travel experiences all within easy driving distances. The state’s diverse landscape – from the mountains of Western Maryland to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean – presents an abundance of enticing group-tour opportunities. Popular Maryland destinations include: Baltimore, birthplace of our National Anthem; Annapolis, home of the U.S. Naval Academy; Ocean City, “White Marlin Capital of the World;” Hagerstown, crossroads of the Civil War; and National Harbor, a

866-639-3526 Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa 4165 Mears Ave. Chesapeake Beach, MD Group Sales 866-312-5596 sales@cbresortspa.com www.chesapeakebeachresortspa.com Conveniently located about 36 miles southeast of Washington DC along beautiful Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa is a must for any groups that are looking for a relaxing place to stay during their vacation. With miles of shoreline and breathtaking views from each of their 72 rooms, this hotel creates the ideal getaway for groups looking to soak up the Northeastern sun. Garrett County Chamber of Commerce 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541 Jen Durben • 301-387-4386 jen@garrettchamber.com www.deepcreekgroups.com The Deep Creek Lake area in western Mar yland is a four-season destination located three hours from the Baltimore/D.C. area and two and a half hours from Pittsburgh. The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852 Julia Allal • 301-581-5199 groups@strathmore.org www.strathmore.org Artistic offerings presented by Strathmore include performances by major artists of folk, rock, pop, R&B, jazz, world music, show tunes, dance, and classical music. grouptraveldirectory.com

complex with hotels, restaurants, shops, marina and an amphitheater by the Potomac River near our nation’s capital. Follow a scenic byway en route to a Maryland crab house. Take a cruise on the bay. Arrange a tour of prestigious museums. Hop aboard an old-time steam train in Western Maryland. Tap into the energy of major urban centers. Enjoy the atmosphere of waterfront villages. A Maryland excursion can suit the needs of any group – seniors, students or individual travelers.

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Toby's Dinner Theatre 5900 Symphony Woods Rd. Columbia, MD 21044 Cheryl Clemens-Everidge 410-730-8311 colgs@tobysdinnertheatre.com www.tobysdinnertheatre.com Toby's Dinner Theatre is Maryland's destination for unforgettable live theatre.

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National Aquarium 501 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202 Scott Barr 410-576-3842 sbarr@aqua.org www.aqua.org Explore an Australian river gorge, descend through an Atlantic coral reef, travel to a tropical rain forest, meet dolphins and sharks, and interact with animal experts. Admission includes all this and more. The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton 339 S. Seton Ave. Emmitsburg, MD 21727 Bridgett Bassler 301-447-7050 bbassler@setonheritage.org www.setonshrine.org Elizabeth Ann Seton was a bankrupt widow with five children. Discover her inspirational stor y, which culminates with her becoming the first native-born U.S. saint. Ocean City CVB 4001 Coastal Hwy. Ocean City, MD 21842 Norma Dobrowolski 800-626-2326 ndobrowolski@ococean.com www.ococean.com Start with one of America's cleanest beaches and a famous three-mile boardwalk. Add championship golfing, historical museums and legendary wild horses and you'll see why groups can do more in Ocean City, Maryland. 2017 Group Travel Directory

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he Ocean City, Maryland CVB is excited to promote a new attraction of national importance, the new Harriet Tubman Visitors Center in nearby Dorchester County. Ocean City is a short ride to the new park where accommodations, a wonderful beach resort and exciting boardwalk round out a Mid-Atlantic trip. The facility will be a mecca of study, learning and experiential tourism. Harriet Tubman, famous as the ‘conductor of the Underground Railroad,’ conducting the path to freedom for slaves seeking safety of the north, was born in Dorchester County. This well-planned campus has incorporated natural lighting and textures to help visitors more fully appreciate the struggles of those seeking freedom. It is truly part of the American experience. Adjacent is Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, known as a famous Atlantic Flyway and one of the foremost eagles nesting area. Back in Ocean City, visit Assateague National Seashore Park to see the roaming wild ponies and to enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer: dining, a refreshing stroll beside the Atlantic and Boardwalk arcades. Truly a trip for any age group!

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assachusetts is a unique and historic state where so much has happened in the past: from the start of the Revolutionary War to the birthplace of great presidents to where the remnants of the international whaling community of the 19th century still linger. Massachusetts is a petite state, packed full of events, activities, the arts, outdoor recreation, and more tours and sightseeing than often imagined. Fish, camp, hike or bike in the spring. Eat ice cream and

800-227-6277 Blue Man Group 74 Warrenton St. Boston, MA 02116 617-542-6700 www.blueman.com Add some color to your next Boston group tour . There's no spoken language, so Blue Man Group is ideal for people of all ages, languages and cultures. Whatever the purpose or size of your event, we can accommodate your needs or even customize a show specifically for you. CambridgeSide Galleria 100 Cambridgeside Place Cambridge, MA 02141 Group Sales 617-621-8668 csginfo@nedevelopment.com www.shopcambridgeside.com An urban shopping center, perfect for tour groups, with a waterfront location boasting more than 120 stores and restaurants. Register your group for a free gift and coupon, as well as convenient motor coach parking. Greater Merrimack Valley CVB 61 Market St., Unit 1C Lowell, MA 01852 Courtney O'Malley 978-459-6150 sales@merrimackvalley.org www.merrimackvalley.org/plan-your-group-tour Welcome to Greater Merrimack Valley, the region where freedom began. Groups will love the plethora of history, culture, arts and dining options.

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cheer on the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park in the summer. Dogsled or ski at one of the 12 ski areas during the winter. It’s a state where ocean views, beaches and mountaintops are a short drive away, where you can travel back to the ´witch hysteria, ´ the Pilgrims’ landing and the Underground Railroad. So come and see for yourself: Massachusetts, It’s All Here.

MassVacation.com The House of the Seven Gables 115 Derby St. Salem, MA 01970 Ryan Conary 978-744-0991, ext. 104 rconary@7gables.org www.7gables.org/visit/group-tours Discover The House of the Seven Gables. Built in 1668, this National Historic Landmark is a treasure of American history. Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd. Sturbridge, MA 01566 Group Sales 800-733-1830 osvsales@osv.org www.osv.org A "must-see" New England attraction which depicts life in an early 19th-centur y rural Village, featuring costumed historians, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm. You can view antiques, meet heritage breed animals, and take part in hands-on crafts. The Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex St. Salem, MA 01970 Group Tours 866-745-1876 grouptours2000@pem.org www.pem.org There are many reasons to come to PEM—each experience is worth the trip. PEM is the place to come for enjoyment, enrichment, sharing with family and friends, and creative stimulation.

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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum 18335 N. Whitefish Point Rd. Paradise, MI 49768 888-492-3747 www.shipwreckmuseum.com Museum patrons learn about the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes at the Whitefish Point Light Station, an Historic Site on the National Register of Historic Places. See the Whitefish Point Light Tower, in continuous operation for 155 years, the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior.

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ichigan is rich with diverse natural, man-made, and cultural offerings. With activities ranging from aquariums to zoos, museums, galleries, lighthouses, waterfalls, stunning gardens, award-winning wineries, and of course, Motown music and automotive history, there are endless options, all waiting to pamper your group. And with over 3,200 miles of shoreline

800-513-6424 Cornwell's Dinner Theatre 18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd. Marshall, MI 49068 Patti Cornwell 800-228-4315 patti@turkeyville.com www.turkeyville.com A quaint, one-of-a-kind restaurant in Marshall, Michigan. Since 1984, this facility has evolved into a full-fledged entertainment complex boasting a unique performing arts experience.

and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan has more freshwater coastline than any other state. Visit Grand Rapids, voted #3 city in the nation for fun and recreation by Places Rated Almanac. While here, plan a trip to the John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum or the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

CircleMichigan.com The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201 313-494-5808 tours@thewright.org www.thewright.org The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. The world-renowned facility has outstanding exhibits that celebrate significant events and accomplishments of African Americans.

The Henry Ford 20900 Oakwood Blvd. Dearborn, MI 48124 Group Sales 313-982-6001 sales@thehenryford.org www.thehenryford.com More than 1.7 million visitors annually experience its four venues: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour and the Benson Ford Research Center. Sault Ste. Marie CVB P.O. Box 1000 225 E. Portage Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 Group Sales 800-647-2858 visit@saultstemarie.com www.saultstemarie.com If you’re looking for historic landmarks, scenic vistas, casino action, and one-of-a-kind tourist attractions, look no further than Michigan’s first city – Sault Ste. Marie. Complemented by a host of lodging options, an array of meeting spaces, and enough things to see and do to delight your group, Sault Ste. Marie delivers “up north” hospitality that is affordable and fun. Tulip Time Festival 74 W. Eighth St. Holland, MI 49423 Hannah Rogers 616-396-4221 ext. 112 hannah@tuliptime.com www.tuliptime.com Tulip Time celebrates its 88th anniversary in 2017 featuring three parades, Dutch dancers, national entertainment, Dutch market, fireworks and millions of tulips.

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stones before its long stretch southward. Over 25% of the great river’s path lies within our state, as well as the river’s only waterfalls, right in downtown Minneapolis. Grand describes the sights in the Minneapolis Saint Paul metro area, like the historic State Capitol in Saint Paul and the Mill City Museum on Minneapolis’ waterfront, or endless cultural options, including the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Science Museum of Minnesota.

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Explore Minnesota 121 Seventh Place E. St. Paul, MN 55101 Jessica Dodge 651-757-1873 jessica.dodge@state.mn.us www.traveltrade.exploreminnesota.com From bustling downtowns to untouched wilderness and historic landmarks to modern-day attractions, Minnesota is incredibly diverse. Discover all the things that can be found only in Minnesota.

Minneapolis Institute of Art 2400 Third Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55404 Jennifer Curry 612-870-3140 jcurry@artsmia.org www.artsmia.com The Minneapolis Institute of Art enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world's diverse cultures.

International Wolf Center 1396 Hwy. 169 Ely, MN 55731 218-365-4695 office2@wolf.org www.wolf.org Let the International Wolf Center plan the adventure of a lifetime for your group of 10 or more. Visit Minnesota's wolf country for a few hours or a week. We'll custom-design an adventure to fit your budget, educational standards and your dreams.

Owatonna Area COC 320 Hoffman Drive Owatonna, MN 55060 Katie Godfrey 800-423-6466 kgodfrey@owatonna.org www.visitowatonna.org Owatonna is the perfect getaway with small-town charm within an hour of the Twin Cities, Rochester and Mankato.

Mall of America 60 E. Broadway Bloomington, MN 55425 952-883-8499 info@mallofamerica.com www.mallofamerica.com The nation's largest retail complex under one roof offers the ultimate shopping experience for your group trips, boasting over 520 stores and 50 restaurants, the world's largest indoor amusement park and a world-class aquarium.

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Visit Duluth 21 W. Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802 Kim Kervina 218-625-8115 kim@visitduluth.com www.visitduluth.com/groups Enjoy gorgeous views of majestic Lake Superior, explore a relic ore boat, take a cruise on the harbor and even try your luck at fishing in the big lake.

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roup travelers can find their true south in Mississippi. Music lovers will see and hear the lifestyle that gave birth to the blues, country music and Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll. Gaming enthusiasts can try their luck at Mississippi’s spectacular casino resorts. History buffs will converse with hoop-skirted ladies in palatial antebellum mansions and witness stirring re-enactments staged upon hallowed Civil War sites.

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Your groups can explore literary landmarks, beautiful beaches, and scenic routes such as the famed Natchez Trace. They’ll sample Southern delicacies and visit museums honoring everything from Kermit the Frog to B.B. King. In Jackson, the state capital, visit first-rate museums, like the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Corinth CVB 215 N. Fillmore St. Corinth, MS 38834 Christy Burns 662-287-8300 cburns@corinth.net www.corinth.net Find tranquil, tree-lined boulevards, distinctive shopping, tasty restaurants and unique attractions in Corinth to accommodate your Southern group trip. Corinth can provide all your Mississippi group travel needs.

Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB 2350 Beach Blvd., Suite A Biloxi, MS 39531 Kristen Livingston 228-896-6699, Ext. 2228 janeth@gulfcoast.org www.gulfcoast.org Come visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and miles of scenic coastal beaches. Adventure junkies, golf enthusiasts and all other members of your group trip will find their passion along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

DeSoto County Tourism 4716 Pepper Chase Drive Southaven, MS 38671 662-393-8770 info@sodesoto.com www.sodesoto.com Authentic Southern charm and hospitality are trademarked here. Within close proximity of Tunica and its glittering shows and casinos, and also the worldfamous music and museums of Memphis.

Natchez CVB 640 S. Canal St. Natchez, MS 39120 Lynsey Smith 800-647-6724, Ext. 18 lynsey@visitnatchez.org www.visitnatchez.org When we say Natchez is what you love about the South, you'll know just what we mean once you dive into the vibrant, rich history of our charming city on the Mississippi River.

Holly Springs Tourism Bureau 148 E. College Ave. Holly Springs, MS 38635 888-687-4765 www.visithollysprings.com Enjoy a glimpse of the Old South, in the Antebellum Capital of the Mid-South. Featuring home/garden tours, historic museums, art galleries, shopping, camping and unique shrine to Elvis.

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Yazoo County CVB 110 N. Jerry Clower Blvd., Suite S. Yazoo City, MS 39194 Dawn Davis 800-381-0662 info@visityazoo.org www.visityazoo.org/what-to-do Yazoo County, Mississippi is colorful, authentic and unique...just like you. With award-winning accommodations, unique shopping, authentic blues, outdoors and more, Yazoo County welcomes you.

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Hannibal CVB 505 N. Third St. Hannibal, MO 63401 Megan Rapp 573-221-2477 groups@visithannibal.com www.visithannibal.com/groups-conventions/ Hannibal, Missouri is the perfect place for groups. Mark Twain history, museums, live entertainment, a quaint historic district and the Mighty Mississippi promise fun.

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hether you are seeking a view of the soaring St. Louis Gateway Arch, a stroll along Mark Twain’s Main Street in Hannibal, the glittering Kansas City Country Club Plaza, a taste of Jesse James’ Wild West or the unparalleled entertainment of Branson, Missouri has everything and anything you need. The state is diverse in both geography and culture. From cosmopolitan cities

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to small, quaint towns rich with history and charm, you can find it in Missouri. Give your guests the hands-on experience of creating their own glass sculpture, participate in the restoration of 1800’s artifacts, take a behind-the-scenes tour at an art gallery or get a backstage look at how Branson theaters really execute all those fantastic performances. This and more is waiting for you in Missouri.

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Branson CVB 269 State Hwy. 248 Branson, MO 65616 Lenni Neimeyer 417-243-2105 lneimeyer@bransoncvb.com www.explorebranson.com Experience moments to cherish relaxing in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains; enjoy live performance theaters, championship golf courses, award-winning attractions and museums.

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park 2038 W. State Hwy. 86 Lampe, MO 65681 417-779-5983 info@dogwoodcanyon.org www.dogwoodcanyon.org Crystal-clear trout streams, cascading waterfalls, ancient burial caves, hand-built bridges, bottomless blue-green pools, green pastures, and lush forests will take your group back to a time when life was simple and nature was undisturbed.

Cape Girardeau CVB 400 Broadway, Suite 100 Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Chuck Martin 800-777-0068 alage@visitcape.com www.visitcape.com Here you'll discover historical treasures, familyfriendly attractions, outdoor adventures, gaming, shopping and more. For an unforgettable group experience, make your destination Cape Girardeau. You've arrived!

Explore St. Louis 701 Convention Plaza, Suite 300 St. Louis, MO 63101 Renee Eichelberger, CTP, CTIS 800-916-9314 reichelberger@explorestlouis.com www.explorestlouis.com/groups-reunions St. Louis is a place where histor y and imagination collide, and the result is a destination filled with oneof-a-kind attractions, restaurants, shops and adventures.

City of Boonville Tourism 100 E. Spring St. Boonville, MO 65233 Katie Gibson 660-882-3967 katie.gibson@boonville-mo.org www.goboonville.com Boonville has some unexpected gems groups just love, including Warm Springs Ranch, the Mitchell Antique Motor Museum as well as numerous historic sites and tours.

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Greater St. Charles MO CVB 230 S. Main St. Saint Charles, MO 63301 Greg Maxon 636-946-7776 gmaxon@historicstcharles.com www.historicstcharles.com You'll find St. Charles offers first-rate hotels & accommodations, over 150 restaurants to choose from and so many things to do that you may have to come back to try everything.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum 500 W. U.S. Hwy 24 Independence, MO 64050 Anita Henderson 816-268-8221 anita.henderson@nara.gov www.trumanlibrary.org From humble beginnings in the small town of Independence, Missouri, Harry S. Truman rose to become the most powerful man in the world. Jefferson City CVB 700 E. Capitol Ave. Jefferson City, MO 65101 Marianne Thies 573-632-2820 marianne@visitjeffersoncity.com wwww.visitjeffersoncity.com Let our sales staff help you plan a seamless and memorable tour of Missouri's capital, named by Rand McNally as "America's Most Beautiful Small Town." Joplin CVB 602 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 Erin Slifka 417-625-4789 eslifka@joplinmo.org www.visitjoplinmo.com Notables in history George Washington Carver, Mickey Mantle and Bonnie & Clyde left their mark along Joplin's Route 66; now it's your turn. Lake of the Ozarks CVB 5815 Osage Beach Pkwy. Osage Beach, MO 65065 Jen West 573-348-1599 jen@funlake.com www.funlake.com Lake of the Ozarks was voted the #1 best recreational lake in the nation by USA Today & 10 Best. Location, flexibility, recreation, value. Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63112 Debra Cummings 341-454-3137 dcummings@mohistory.org www.mohistory.org Originally built as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, the museum examines the histor y of St. Louis from 1764 to the present day .

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GREATER SAINT CHARLES MISSOURI CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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aint Charles is a river city just west of St. Louis with a unique historical perspective, beautiful sites, friendly people and a pace just a little slower than that of the big city. Saint Charles became a stop for many pioneers to replenish supplies before departing into new territory on their journeys westward. Plenty of history can be found here, from Missouri’s first state capitol, to the origin of the Boone’s Lick Trail and the home of Daniel Boone. Besides its rich history, Saint Charles has so much more to offer, from first rate hotels and accommodations to more than 175 restaurants. Saint Charles has so many things to do, your group will beg you to return again and again. The Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to make sure your group enjoys its trip to the fullest. Our guides, in period attire, will make history come alive for your group. Walk the streets and imagine what it was like for the frontiersmen, settlers, and merchants who have walked the same paths over the past two centuries.

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crossroads of culture lies tucked away in the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri. Interstate 44, Interstate 49, and Historic Route 66 unite in this up-and-coming here named Joplin, Missouri. JoMo maintains the lowest cost of living and highest bang-for-yourbuck local fare. Our downtown blooms daily as artists, chefs, and entrepreneurs invent new ways of resurrecting century-old structures. More than a destination – Joplin’s the next place to be, and these up-and-comers know it: Jason Miller, Chef of the Year in Feast Magazine’s 2016 Feast 50 Awards: Mid-Missouri and Southern Illinois. Jorge Leyva, internationally-known artist and curator of Joplin’s first public sculpture garden. Ericka Hamilton and Misha Wilson, designers and co-founders of Erimish, a bracelet bar concept that is now found in boutiques across the country. So come explore our attractions, then kick off your shoes and stay awhile in one of our many rooms. See for yourself how Joplin is the Midwest’s bedrock of inspiration for many up-and-comers. You’ll be inspired the moment you pack up and come. Are you here yet?

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Missouri Star Quilt Company 114 N. Davis St. Hamilton, MO 64644 Meg Gazaway 888-571-1122 meg@missouriquiltco.com www.missouriquiltco.com Missouri Star Quilt Company consists of 13 shops located in scenic Hamilton. We host fun events, themed retreats and workshops. Missouri Wine and Grape Board 1616 Missouri Blvd. Jefferson City, MO 65109 Danene Beedle 800-392-9463 missouri.wine@mda.mo.gov www.missouriwine.org MWGB supports the research, development and promotion of Missouri grapes, wines and juices in order to strengthen the state’s wine industry. Sedalia CVB 600 E. Third St. Sedalia, MO 65301 Carolyn Crooker 800-827-5295 carolyn@sedaliamo.org www.visitsedaliamo.com Home of the Missouri State Fair, heritage farm tours, Katy Trail, railroad history and end of the trail on the cattle drives, learn the Sedalia stor y. Six Flags St. Louis 4900 Six Flags Rd. P.O. Box 60 Eureka, MO 63025 Shannon Myers 636-938-5300 ext. 6288 smyers@sftp.com www.sixflags.com/stlouis/group-sales/reunions Six Flags St. Louis offers incredible savings off the main gate for groups with 15+ people. Plan your group tour or reunion today. Ste. Genevieve Tourism 66 South Main St. Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Sandra Cabot 800-373-7007 info@visitstegen.com www.visitstegen.com Scenic and charming Ste. Genevieve is Missouri's oldest town. Discover rare French Colonial ar chitecture, handcrafted pewter artistry, costumed step-on guides, unique dining, shopping and wineries. St. Joseph CVB 109 S. Fourth St. St. Joseph, MO 64501 Jolene Dempster 816-233-6688 jdempster@stjomo.com www.stjomo.com The Pony Express may be the pride and joy of St. Joseph, but the city has much more to offer groups.

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he Big Sky Country. The Land of the Shining Mountains. The Treasure State. Montana has a myriad of nicknames as well as landscape, adventure, culture and history within its borders. Take a scenic drive over the Going-to-theSun Road in Glacier National Park or drive over the Beartooth Highway from the charming town of Red Lodge to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park. Historic trails such as the Lewis & Clark

800-548-3390 Big Sky CVB 55 Lone Mountain Trail Big Sky, MT 59716 Lander Bachert 800-943-4111 info@bigskymt.com www.visitbigskymt.com There's a lot more to Big Sky than the endless views and the big, wide-open skies that give this Montana town its name, although this is kind of the like icing on the cake. Adventures and entertainment options to suit groups, from all-guys or girls trips, family reunions and leisure tours. And, of course, there's Yellowstone National Park. Butte CVB 1000 George St. Butte, MT 59701 800-735-6814 info@buttecvb.com www.buttecvb.com The spirit, individuality and pride of the people here are as palpable as the day gold was discovered on Silver Bow Creek. It’s that character that enchants, that wide-armed hospitality that invites. Butte has comfortable hotels, great restaurants, spirited nightspots and a wealth of attractions and outdoor activities, all waiting for you.

Trail and the Nez Perce Trail wind their way through Montana’s landscapes. Explore the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls or climb Pompeys Pillar near Billings to see Clark’s signature. Walk in the footsteps of Lt. Col. George Custer where he made his “last stand” at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. FUN FACT: There are fewer people living in the entire state of Montana than in the city of Phoenix.

VisitMT.com Great Falls CVB 100 First Ave. N. Great Falls, MT 59401 Rebecca Engumca 406-761-4434 rebecca@visitgreatfalls.org www.genuinemontana.com Great Falls is located at the confluence of the Missouri and Sun rivers. Little more than an hour from the Great Falls Airport, wilderness enthusiasts can explore the world in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Center. Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center 201 South Canyon West Yellowstone, MT 59758 Peggy Russell 800-257-2570 peggyr@grizzlydiscoveryctr.com www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.org See live bears and wolves at this wildlife park and educational facility. Enjoy a world-class exhibit, demonstrations and presentations. Two blocks from Yellowstone Park. Open all year. Visit Billings 815 S. 27th St. Billings, MT 59107 Kelly McCandless 406-869-3732 kelly@visitbillings.com www.visitbillings.com Billings, Montana's Trailhead, is a place of forever views and forever memories, where modern convenience meets the edge of the genuine frontier.

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icture-perfect sunsets. Exceptional shopping and small-town charm. A night at the opera. A day at a worldclass zoo. Frontier history amongst striking scenic beauty. Welcome to Nebraska, where a bounty of attractions and activities awaits you and your group. Nebraska boasts a diverse landscape— rolling Sandhills, pine-studded buttes, rich prairie lands and rugged river valleys— that provides the perfect playground for adventure and entertainment. Scenic

877-632-7275 Arbor Day Farm 2611 Arbor Avenue Nebraska City, NE 68410 Group Tours • 402-873-8717 tours@arbordayfarm.org www.arbordayfarm.org Whether you climb high into the trees and discover wooded trails or raise a glass to new tastes and relish the simple pleasures of nature, you will enjoy Arbor Day Farm—a place where inspiration comes naturally. Explore, enjoy, refresh and rediscover. Follow nature’s lead and take home memories that will last a lifetime. Boys Town Village 14100 Crawford St. Boys Town, NE 68010 800-625-1400 www.boystown.org/about/visit-the-village Whether Omaha is your travel destination or a scheduled stopover, make the Village of Boys Town part of your itinerary. Stretch your legs and stroll around the historic campus or grab a bite to eat and unwind in our café. The Village is a true American treasure that will leave a lasting impression. Kearney Visitors Bureau 1007 Second Ave. Kearney, NE 68848 Roger Jasnoch CTP 800-652-9435 rjasnoch@visitkearney.org www.visitkearney.org If looking to entertain your group with entertainment or a special performance, check out the events calendar to see what's going on in the area. 58

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byway excursions, winery tours, wildlife viewing, water recreation and big-city cultural events: you’ll find endless possibilities for exciting group travel itineraries in Nebraska. Along the way, enjoy accommodations ranging from simple to exceptional and an array of delicious dining choices. If you’re searching for an urban-style adventure, head to Omaha and Lincoln, where you’ll find colorful historic districts featuring quaint shops, popular restaurants and a variety of cultural activities.

VisitNebraska.com Kreycik Elk & Buffalo Tours 88971 517 Ave. Niobrara, NE 68760 Chris Kreycik 402-857-3850 kreycikelkranch@yahoo.com www.nebraskaelktours.com Nestled down in the rolling hills along the scenic Niobrara River is one of the most beautiful picturesque views you'll see. Here is the home to Kreycik Elk & Buffalo Ranch covered wagon tours. Nebraska Tourism Commission 301 Centennial Mall South First Floor Lincoln, NE 68509 Micheal Collins 402-471-3795 micheal.collins@nebraska.gov www.grouptravel.visitnebraska.com Excellent restaurants. Art and culture. Outdoor recreation. Ranch and farm vacations. Your group is looking for memories, fun and adventure? Find them in Nebraska. Strategic Air & Space Museum 28210 West Park Hwy. Ashland, NE 68003 Group Sales 800-358-5029 events@sacmuseum.org www.sacmuseum.org A walk through the Strategic Air & Space Museum is a walk through living histor y. Group tours are available to groups of 20 or more and must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to your visit.

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702-486-6859 Blue Man Group Luxor Hotel & Casino 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Las Vegas, NV 89119 Jessica Juadines 702-697-1655 lasvegasgroups@blueman.com www.blueman.com/las-vegas/groups/discounts No one brings a group experience to life like Blue Man Group. Circus Circus Hotel Casino Las Vegas 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Las Vegas, NV 89109 800-634-3450 www.circuscircus.com Circus Circus offers some of the best deals in Las Vegas. The hotel's 3,767 guest rooms, including 135 suites, provide comfortable, affordable accommodations with easy access to all the excitement the city has to offer. Elko Convention & Visitors Authority 700 Moren Way Elko, NV 89801 Tom Lester 775-738-4091 tom@elkocva.com www.exploreelko.com The majestic Ruby Mountains and the rugged canyon streams will let you discover the unspoiled drama of the West.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE like Virginia City, hike through beautiful Red Rock Canyon, or make a heli-skiing run in the Ruby Mountains. Of course, there’s always that thing Nevada is most famous for: gaming. No place in the world can compare to the casino action and entertainment Las Vegas offers. With mind-expanding shows like Cirque du Soleil and the Blue Man Group, to big-name stars, Las Vegas is one of a kind.

TravelNevada.com Laughlin Visitors Bureau 1555 S. Casino Drive Laughlin, NV 89029 Cherie Westbrook 702-298-3321 www.visitlaughlin.com From top-notch amenities, restaurants and entertainment, to activities on the Colorado River, Laughlin helps groups of all sizes have a memorable experience. The Mob Museum 300 Stewart Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Sabine von Henning 702-229-2713 sales@themobmuseum.org www.themobmuseum.org The Mob Museum is an award-winning, highly experiential museum that brings stories to life through one-of-a-kind artifacts, multimedia, guided tours and scavenger hunts. Southern Nevada Regional Office/Laughlin 1555 S. Casino Drive Laughlin, NV 89029 Meg McDaniel 877-685-2845 mmcdaniel@lvcva.com www.visitlaughlin.com From top-notch amenities, restaurants and entertainment, to activities on the Colorado River, Laughlin helps groups of all sizes have a memorable experience.

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603-271-2665 Canterbury Shaker Village 288 Shaker Rd. Canterbury, NH 03224 Elizabeth Pappas 603-783-9511 ext. 202 epappas@shakers.org www.shakers.org Guided and self-guided tours, accessible historic buildings, activities, exhibits, educational programs, special events, unique shopping, exceptional dining and breathtaking grounds offer you more than you can do in a day. Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce 500 Market St. Portsmouth, NH 03802 Valerie Rochon 603-610-5517 tourism@portsmouthchamber.org www.portsmouthchamber.org It's hard to imagine a typical day of leisure in the Seacoast. So here's some help--nationally acclaimed theater and music, biking, hiking, fishing, sailing, whale watching, bird watching, sunset cruises, tax-free shopping and so much more. Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce One Lafayette Rd. Hampton, NH 03842 603-926-8718 info@hamptonchamber.com www.hamptonchamber.com Located near the center of the New Hampshire Seacoast, Hampton has something to offer ever yone.

one of New Hampshire's many state parks, go downhill or cross country skiing; visit a waterfall; visit the Museum of New Hampshire History or one of the many other museums and historic sites that New Hampshire has to offer.  Groups enjoy homemade New England cuisine and lobster bakes, cruises and train rides, top events, tax-free shopping, history and outdoor recreation.

VisitNH.gov Manchester CVB 54 Hanover St. Manchester, NH 03101 603-792-4119 customerservice@manchester-chamber.org www.manchester-chamber.org From sports to restaurants to arts and culture, the city of Manchester has lots to offer the seasoned traveler. The Margate Resort 76 Lake St. Laconia, NH 03246 Group Sales 603-524-5210 groupsales@themargate.com www.themargate.com The Margate Resort is nestled on the edge of Winnipesaukee's beautiful waters, surrounded by a landscape of soaring pines and deep blue skies. Mount Washington Cog Railway 3168 Base Station Rd. Mount Washington, NH 03589 603-278-5404 groupsales@thecog.com www.thecog.com Experience Mount Washington, New England's highest peak, on the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway. Since 1869 this National Historic Engineering Landmark has been the vacation highlight of visitors from around the world.

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xperience beautiful Atlantic City where you can find many ways to enjoy our seaside city, fun for the young and young at heart! Atlantic City’s attractions, hotel resorts, dining options, shopping, entertainment, casinos, beach and other amenities make it a popular year round destination. Atlantic City offers round-the-clock fun and excitement. Atlantic City features miles of scenic white sandy beaches and an iconic Boardwalk that you can enjoy at any time of the year. Take a stroll on the famous historic Boardwalk, sample the original saltwater taffy or check out the latest amusement rides at Steel Pier. While in town, try your luck on the table games or slot machines at any of the area’s seven casinos. You can unwind and dine with plentiful dining options all customized to fit your taste buds with brand-name eateries and celebrity chef restaurants. Shopaholics can shop til they drop at high-end retail options at The Playground Pier shops at Caesars, The Quarter at the Tropicana or discounted brand-name fashions and accessories at Tanger Outlets The Walk, with tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes. Visit touratlanticcity.com to find out more about the resort destination.

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609-292-2470 Atlantic City/Meet AC 2314 Pacific Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 Heather Colache 609-449-7151 hcolache@meetac.com www.touratlanticcity.com When you've done everything else DO Atlantic City, it all about the stories and AC has many. GoElizabethNJ 456 N. Broad St. Elizabeth, NJ 07208 Jennifer Costa 908-355-9797 jcosta@goelizabethnj.com www.goelizabethnj.com Experience Elizabeth, NJ with a group tour. There's much to do and see in the city including historical sites, cultural hubs, bustling nightlife, high-energy sporting events, and beautiful parks. New Jersey Performing Arts Center One Center St. Newark, NJ 07102 José Acevedo 973-297-5804 jacevedo@njpac.org www.njpac.org The NJPAC hosts top-quality live entertainment ranging from concerts to comedy sketches. Groups of 9 or more save 10% off tickets and groups of 50 or more save up to 20% off tickets.

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The Outlet Collection. With no tax on clothing and shoes, New Jersey is an attractive destination for those looking to shop. More battles were fought and won during the American Revolution in NJ than any other state. Visit famous historical sites like Fort Lee, Washington’s Crossing and Monmouth Battlefield State Park.

VisitNJ.org Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Atlantic City 1441 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401 Group Sales 609-347-2001 ripacac@aol.com www.ripleys.com/atlanticcity Come to Atlantic City's Ripley's Believe It or Not museum and spend the day immersed in a world dedicated to the strange and unexpected. Steel Pier 1000 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401 Sharon Franz 609-513-1690 sharon@steelpier.com On the Atlantic City Boardwalk, groups can enjoy spectacular views of the coastline and exciting rides and attractions at Steel Pier.

Visit South Jersey 250 S. Park Dr. Haddon Township, NJ 08108 Devon Perry 856-757-9400 devon@visitsouthjersey.com www.visitsouthjersey.com South Jersey is a dynamic destination for tour groups. Add our unique attractions to your New Jersey itinerary including Fort Mott State Park, Adventure Aquarium, the Whitesbog Cranberry Farm and Palmyra Cove Nature Park.

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very region of New Mexico offers diverse sites and activities to satisfy visitors. The mystique and allure of the state carries a mystery that is nearly inexplicable, but it inspires a power that is quite real. For centuries, New Mexico’s people have lived side by side, sharing and celebrating cultural differences under vivid blue skies and star-filled nights. From dinosaurs to Spanish conquistadors, rocket sleds to aliens, folk art to fine art - New Mexico is indeed an adventure steeped in culture,

505-827-7400 Albuquerque CVB 20 First Plaza NW, Suite 601 Albuquerque, NM 87102 800-733-9918 info@visitalbuquerque.org www.visitalbuquerque.org Come immerse yourself in a rich culture and heritage rooted in centuries of history. Soak in blue skies and sun that shines 310 days a year - per fect for outdoor activities. Breathe in the high desert air scented with sage and piñon, and you'll understand why Albuquerque is a destination like no other. City of Alamogordo 1301 N. White Sands Blvd. Alamogordo, NM 88310 800-826-0294 chamber@alamogordo.com www.alamogordo.com Nestled in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico and surrounded by three mountain ranges is an historic American railroading town founded just before the turn of the 19th centur y. In addition to White Sands National Monument, explorers can visit area attractions, film locations, and genuine exhibits of space history and research. City of Roswell P.O. Box 1838 Roswell, NM 88202 575-637-6224 • www.seeroswell.com Located in southeastern New Mexico, Roswell is a city full of mystery and wonder. Much more than just the site of one very famous intergalactic event, Roswell boasts fantastic recreational areas like the Bottomless Lake and unique attractions like the Roswell Museum and Art Center. grouptraveldirectory.com


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NewMexico.org Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino 287 Carrizo Canyon Rd. Mescalero, NM 88340 800-545-9011 info@innofthemountaingods.com www.innofthemountaingods.com Situated high in the picturesque mountains of Mescalero, just outside of Ruidoso. Guests return time and time again to Inn of the Mountain Gods to enjoy the clean mountain air, stunning panoramic views and exciting entertainment options. Pecos Benedictine Monastery 16 Guadalupe Lane Pecos, NM 87505 505-757-6415 guestmaster@pecosmonastery.org www.pecosmonastery.org Pecos Benedictine Monastery offers group retreats, individual retreats, workshops, events and spiritual direction for groups looking to strengthen their faith. Rio Rancho CVB 3200 Civic Center Circle NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144 Gregory Pena 888-746-7262 gpena@ci.rio-rancho.nm.us www.rioranchonm.org Rio Rancho is home to a color ful tapestry of attractions, events and day trips. Experience the culture of New Mexico's past, present, and future at nearby Indian Pueblos.

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reat adventures and culinary delights amid spectacular landscapes. Treasures of art, music, theater and architecture inspire visitors from around the globe. Travelers follow a “Path Through History” to museums, homes and forts where costumed reenactments are a regular occurrence. Abundant waters include renowned trout streams, the magnificent Niagara Falls, whitewater rapids, the Erie Canal and vast Atlantic Ocean. Explore a Scenic Byway or a High Peaks

800-225-5697 Blue Man Group 434 Lafayette St. New York, NY 10003 212-260-8993 www.blueman.com Pump up the volume on your next New Y ork group outing. Don't miss the show that has captivated 35 million people worldwide. It's guaranteed to be an outing that your group will never forget. Broadway.com-Group Sales Box Office 729 Seventh Ave., Seventh Floor New York, NY 10019 Brenden Rogers 800-334-8457 brenden.rogers@broadwayacrossamerica.com www.broadway.com/groups New York City's premier theater ticket agency. We offer the best group discount pricing to Broadway, Off-Broadway shows, touring productions across the United States, Broadway Classroom Workshops and more. Broadway Inbound 520 Eighth Ave., 11th Floor New York, NY 10018 Bob Hofmann 212-302-0995 bob@broadwayinbound.com www.broadwayinbound.com Broadway Inbound, the ticketing home for groups, educators and travel professionals. Our easy-to-use site and expert team make finding the right show at the right price a snap.

trail. Swim at a sandy beach or explore geological wonders. Shop along famous urban thoroughfares or quaint village streets, at craft colonies or world-class outlets. Rally the team in a sports lovers’ paradise with legendary venues. There’s so much to choose from and always something new. Come discover what your group loves in New York State.

ILoveNY.com CitySightseeing New York 1430 Broadway, Suite 507 New York, NY 10018 Rivka Schwadel 212-812-2700 groups@newyorksightseeing.com www.newyorksightseeing.com Explore the famous sites of NYC with amazing views along the way on CitySightseeing New York's iconic hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus and boat tours. Hotel Wales 1295 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10012 Group Sales 212-876-6000 sales@waleshotel.com www.hotelwalesnyc.com Featuring one-of-a-kind New York City event venues for corporate meetings or social gatherings, rehearsal dinners, luncheons and parties. The Lake George Area in NY's Adirondacks 1340 State Route 9 Lake George, NY 12845 Tanya Brand 518-761-6575 brandt@warrencountyny.gov www.visitlakegeorge.com Tour operators and tour planners have chosen the Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks as their motorcoach destination for decades.

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 25 Main St. Cooperstown, NY 13326 June Dolhun • 607-547-0312 jdolhun@baseballhall.org www.baseballhall.org Located in historic Cooperstown, NY, the HoF is surely the country's best-known sports shrine. The fully handicap-accessible museum features three floors of captivating exhibits. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square 234 W. 42nd St. New York, NY 10036 Rachelle Perez 212-398-3133 groupsales@ripleysnewyork.com www.ripleysnewyork.com/nyc-group-discount-tickets Ripley's Believe It or Not! in New York: 20+ galleries, 500+ artifacts, open daily from 9am to 1am, astonishing for visitors of all ages. Top of the Falls Restaurant Niagara Falls State Park, Goat Island Niagara Falls, NY 14303 Mandy May 716-278-0337 mmay@delawarenorth.com www.niagarafallsstatepark.com As the only restaurant overlooking the Falls on the US side, we can accommodate groups April through October with an array of all-inclusive group menus.

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ohnston County is conveniently located where I-95 and I-40 meet. Choose from our heritage attractions like Bentonville Civil War Battleground, the Ava Gardner Museum, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, and Uptown Selma Antiques. Shoppers will delight in a selection of over 95 retail outlets such as Coach, Ralph Lauren, The Gap, and Nike at Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield. Shopping, by far, is the number one attraction in Johnston County with the outlets offering great savings and a tremendous selection of name-brand merchandise. After a day of shopping and visiting attractions, Johnston County offers many familiar chain restaurants and several outstanding, locally-owned home-style Southern BBQ restaurants. After dinner, there is no better option for nighttime entertainment than the American Music Jubilee Theatre located in Selma. This Branson-style music variety show will be a smash hit for the whole family. Johnston County offers nearly 2,000 guestrooms in Benson, Clayton, Cleveland, Four Oaks, Kenly, Smithfield, and Selma conveniently located along I-95/I-40. For a Group Tour Guide, call 1-800-441-7829 or visit our website, www.johnstoncountync.org.

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he Fayetteville area is a unique combination of small-town America and urban excitement. Conveniently located off I-95, our community offers quite a diversity of activities and events, attractions and opportunities. Rich in culture and history, Cumberland County is also home to Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the world, which provides a truly unparalleled visitor experience. Whether you want to just swing through the area or spend a week exploring the area, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau ensures that your itinerary is tailored specifically for your group, delivering information and promotional materials, step-on guides and an All-American welcome. Enjoy a world-class attraction like the Airborne & Special Operations Museum or view nature at its most beautiful in the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Take a historic downtown walking tour or cruise along the area’s greatest natural resource on a Cape Fear River Boat Tour. Or watch Cumberland County’s story unfold as you drive one of the 18 Cultural Heritage driving trails - 750 miles of history and entertainment that weave throughout the entire county. And when you’re not touring, there are many restaurants and watering holes to make your group happy and refreshed. All this with mild temperatures and Southern hospitality at its best. Call today to get your customized itinerary started.

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Asheville Outlets 800 Brevard Rd. Asheville, NC 28806 Group Sales 828-667-2308 tours@shopashevilleoutlets.com www.shopashvilleoutlets.com Save up to 70% at over 70 stores with convenient covered bus loading and/reloading area. Special discounts and gifts for tour groups. Billy Graham Library 4330 Westmont Drive Charlotte, NC 28217 Sonya Johnson 704-401-3200 libraryevents@bgea.org www.billygrahamlibrary.org Relive the ways God used an extraordinar y farm boy to change the world at the Billy Graham Librar y in Charlotte, North Carolina. Crystal Coast Tourism Authority 3409 Arendell St. Morehead City, NC 28557 Carol Lohr 252-726-8148 carol@sunnync.com www.crystalcoastnc.org Over 85 miles and nine district regions of cr ystalline waters, warm sands and a variety of attractions await your group at North Carolina's Cr ystal Coast. Fayetteville Area CVB 245 Person St. Fayetteville, NC 28301 Jessica Bennett 910-483-5311 jbennett@visitfayettevillenc.com www.visitfayettevillenc.com Fayetteville is proud to hold a rich role in our nation's history and displays the friendly feel of a true hometown. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort 777 Casino Drive Cherokee, NC 28719 Beverly Webb 828-497-8229 bwebb@cherokee.harrahs.com www.caesars.com/harrahs-cherokee Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort offers overnight accommodations, free slot play and full casino action, all in the heart of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Harrah’s Cherokee can accommodate group trips in size from 10 to more than 3,000 people with our state-of-the-art facilities. Johnston County Visitors Bureau 235 E. Market St. Smithfield, NC 27577 Sarah Campbell 919-989-8687 scampbell@johnstoncountync.org www.johnstoncountync.org Show your group the outlet shopping and entertainment that Johnston County offers and be sure to tour them along the Beer, Wine and Shine Trail.

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bountiful harvest of scenic splendor awaits as your group travels along North Dakota’s scenic byways and backways. Let the “Talking Trails” program be your tour guide, pointing out places of interest along your route. Envision yourself with the legends of North Dakota: Custer, Lewis, Clark, Sitting Bull and Theodore Roosevelt. Indulge in a “farm-to-plate” experience or sample culturally unique fare of Germans from Russia, Native Americans, Scandinavians and Ukrainians.

800-435-5663 Bismark-Mandan CVB 1600 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck, ND 58503 Rita Horner 800-767-3555 rita@discoverbismarckmandan.com www.discoverbismarckmandan.com Enjoy an authentic experience that most cities twice its size can't offer. Our scenery is distinctive and our hospitality is warm. But most of all, unlike being lost in large destinations, you'll be the No. 1 priority and receive VIP treatment.

Be immersed in beauty at the Romanesque Assumption Abbey, the exquisite Cathedral of Holy Spirit Skyscraper or one of many picturesque prairie churches. Capture the spirit of the explorers, fur traders, Native Americans and homesteaders with visits to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center, On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village, Knife River National Historic Site, and Fort Totten and Fort Buford State Historic Sites. Get into the groove in North Dakota.

NDTourism.com Fargo-Moorhead CVB 2001 44th St. S. Fargo, ND 58103 800-235-7654 info@fargomoorhead.org www.fargomoorhead.org Bordering the state lines of Minnesota and North Dakota lies the destination of Fargo-Moorhead. Your group will find a wealth of cultural highlights, from modern, contemporary exhibits to historical museums, theaters and studios.

Discover Jamestown North Dakota 404 Louis L'Amour Lane Jamestown, ND 58401 Searle Swedlund 701-251-9145 searle@discoverjamestownnd.com www.discoverjamestownnd.com Roaming bison, outdoor adventures, frontier villages and so much more await your group at Jamestown, North Dakota. Our central location is easily accessible.

Greater Grand Forks CVB 4251 Gateway Drive Grand Forks, ND 58203 Julie Rygg 800-866-4566 julie@visitgrandforks.com www.visitgrandforks.com The Grand Forks area is known for its exciting sports events, an energetic arts scene, a plethora of outdoor adventures including biking and hiking, plus a spirited downtown area.

Fargo Air Museum 1609 19th Ave. N. Fargo, ND 58102 Jed Brazier 701-293-8043 jed@fargoairmuseum.org www.fargoairmuseum.org See famous aircraft and aviation artifacts, military memorabilia and other real pieces of American history at Fargo Air Museum.

Minot CVB 1020 S. Broadway St. Minot, ND 58701 Phyllis Burckhard 701-857-8206 phyllis@visitminot.org www.visitminot.org Art galleries and studios, historic trains and air craft, live entertainment, exquisite dining and the best events around. The Minot CVB can help your group trip.

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s the 15th largest city in the U.S., there’s a lot to see and do in Columbus. While you’re in Ohio’s capital city, whatever you do, don’t miss out on these group favorites. Like the Columbus Museum of Art, with a rotating display of exhibits alongside a year-round collection that's sure to wow. Natural light pours into the new 50,000-square-foot wing completed in 2015. And, no trip would be complete without a stop at the Museum Store or the new Schokko Art Café. Or, take a backstage tour of the Ohio Theatre complete with a light show and Mighty Morton theater organ performance. Audiences will be wowed by the theatre’s historic past and amazing architecture. Nearby, find the “art and soul” of Columbus in the Short North Arts District, home to the historic North Market as well as countless boutiques and galleries with an array of eclectic finds. To the city’s north, Old Worthington’s heritage folds neatly into its modern-day charm. Pick a scent and pour your own hand-crafted candle at The Candle Lab or dine at the historic, revered Worthington Inn, once a stagecoach stop. Top off the night with stops along the Columbus Ale Trail. After four stamps at participating breweries, redeem your Columbus Brew Book for a pint glass (and keep the passport as a souvenir). Talk with an Experience Columbus staff member about personal pint glass delivery to your group. With these and many more unforgettable experiences ready to be unlocked, catch a favorite – or two – in Columbus.


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Akron/Summit CVB 77 E. Mill St. Akron, OH 44308 Jim Mahon 330-374-7560 jmahon@visitakron-summit.org www.visitakron-summit.org Greater Akron's over 60 lodging options, 33 eateries and endless activities and attractions make it the ideal destination for your next group trip.

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aviation industry. Arguably, Ohio’s most significant contribution to the nation’s history is the Underground Railroad. Music buffs will love the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where inductees range from ZZ Top to Alice Cooper. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History contains remains of dinosaur skeletons, including those of the most well-known, “Lucy.”

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Carroll County CVB 61 N. Lisbon St. Carrollton, OH 44615 Kimberly Lewis 330-627-0103 kiml@carrollcountyohio.com www.carrollcountyohio.com Nestled in East Central Ohio, Carroll County offers visitors a chance to retreat, relax and rejuvenate, while enjoying scenic vistas and lakes. Eldorado Scioto Downs 6000 S. High St. Columbus, OH 43207 Misti Floyd 614-295-4019 mwilliams@sciotodowns.com www.sciotodowns.com A total entertainment destination with over 2,100 games to gamble on, exciting live harness racing May-September, year-round simulcast wagering, an array of dining options and live entertainment.

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Experience Columbus 277 W. Nationwide Blvd., Suite 125 Columbus, OH 43215 Roger Dudley 800-354-2657 rdudley@experiencecolumbus.com www.experiencecolumbus.com/tours Columbus is full of unforgettable, hands-on experiences, charming, historic neighborhoods and one-ofa-kind factory tours. Start planning your visit to Ohio's capital city today. GOODTIME III 825 E. Ninth St. Pier Cleveland, OH 44114 Bob Reilly 888-916-7447 groups@goodtimeiii.com www.goodtimeiii.com See Cleveland from a unique perspective...the water. Goodtime III offers tours of the Cuyahoga River and lakefront. Lunch or dinner available. Hocking Hills Tourism Association 13178 St. Route 664 S. Logan, OH 43138 Karen Raymore 740-385-2750 kraymore@explorehockinghills.com www.explorehockinghills.com Reunite with family and friends in the Hocking Hills, Ohio's natural crown jewels featuring spectacular scenery, private large lodges and outdoor adventures for everyone. National Museum of the U.S. Air Force 1100 Spaatz St. Dayton, OH 45433 Special Events 937-255-5940 nationalmuseum.mus@us.af.mil www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/groupsandtours.aspx The National Museum of the U.S. Air For ce is the world's largest military aviation museum, with over 360 aerospace vehicles. Free admission and parking. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 50 E. Freedom Way Cincinnati, OH 45202 Group Sales 513-333-7578 groupsales@nurfc.org www.freedomcenter.org The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened its doors with a mission to celebrate the heroes who fought for freedom. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens 714 N. Portage Path Akron, OH 44303 Pamela Courrier 330-315-3284 pcourrier@stanhywet.org wwww.stanhywet.org Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is the former American Country Estate of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

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800-996-3349 Blackwell Tourism 120 South Main P.O. Box 150 Blackwell, OK 74631 Deanna Gilliland 580-363-2934 dgilliland@blackwellindustrialauthority.com wwww.blackwellindustrialauthority.com The Blackwell Industrial Authority is the economic development organization for the City of Blackwell, Oklahoma. Its mission is to assist new and existing businesses in creating economic activity and quality employment for the citizens of Blackwell and the surrounding region. Claremore "Oklahoma's Cast of Legends" CVB 400 Veterans Pkwy. Claremore, OK 74017 Tanya Andrews 918-341-8688 tanya@visitclaremore.org www.visitclaremore.org Located just 20 miles northeast of Tulsa on Historic Route 66. Quickly becoming the Antique Shopping Mecca of Oklahoma, the historic downtown offers more than 300 antique, unique & collectible dealers, a Gallery of the Arts and local cafes. Elk City CVB P.O. Box 972 Elk City, OK 73648 Julie Lenius • 800-280-0207 leniusj@elkcity.com www.visitelkcity.com Pack your bags and hit the Mother Road to Elk City , Oklahoma, where there is plenty to do that the whole group will enjoy.

lakes and rivers statewide, or pitch a tent and enjoy the tranquility of a state park. Or, take a drive along the Mother Road of the nation, historic Route 66. With more drivable miles than any other state, Oklahoma is lined with an unforgettable, diverse landscape. We invite you to discover Oklahoma. It’s an exceptional journey filled with everything you’d expect - and so much more.

TravelOK.com National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 N.E. 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111 Shannon Strain 405-478-2250 ext. 241 sstrain@nationalcowboymuseum.org www.nationalcowboymuseum.org The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America's premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Oklahoma City CVB 123 Park Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Sandy Price 405-297-8913 sprice@visitokc.com www.visitokc.com Oklahoma City offers a distinctive histor y, world-class attractions and events, plenty of culture, food, and entertainment - all with friendly people and Oklahoma charm.

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800-547-7842 Albany Visitors Association P.O. Box 965 Albany, OR 97321 Jimmie Lucht 541-928-0911 jlucht@albanyvisitors.com www.albanyvisitors.com In this friendly town nestled where two rivers meet, you can wander by lovingly restored historic homes or watch wood-carvers bring a hand-crafted carousel to life. Hungry? Visit Albany's unique restaurants, where chefs transform the bounty of the Willamette Valley into fresh, authentic local cuisine. Eugene, Cascades & Coast - Visit Lane County 754 Olive St. Eugene, OR 97401 Meg Trendler 541-484-5307 meg@eugenecascadescoast.org www.eugenecascadescoast.org Real adventures, outdoor excursions, wine countr y and culinary delights await your group in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon Coast Aquarium 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, OR 97365 Carrie Evans 541-867-3474, ext. 5301 carrie.evans@aquarium.org www.aquarium.org Take a plunge into the wonders of the deep sea with a visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, located at Y aquina Bay in Newport. The aquarium is a world-class marine life educational experience and a top attraction in the state. Special group offers are available. 72

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PENNSYLVANIA you’re looking for world-class golfing, skiing, rafting, kayaking and epic cycling, look no further. If you want to experience cities and quaint small towns, award-winning pinot noirs, and some of the best food and craft beer in the country, Oregon is for you. Come visit and see for yourself what makes Oregon truly unique.

TravelOregon.com Pioneer Place 800 S.W. 5th Ave. Portland, OR 97204 503-228-5800 www.pioneerplace.com In the center of downtown Portland, you'll find Pioneer Place, four city blocks packed with shopping, dining and entertainment. Add tax-free shopping to your adventure, and you're sure to have the time of your life. SAGE Center 101 Olson Rd. Boardman, OR 97818 Kalie Davis 541-481-7243 kalied@portofmorrow.com www.visitsage.com Uniquely designed interactive visitor center that represents sustainable agriculture and energy through engaging exhibits and displays. Exhibit hall features simulated hot air balloon ride. Visit Roseburg 410 S.E. Spruce St. Roseburg, OR 97470 800-440-9584 info@visitroseburg.com www.visitroseburg.com Roseburg is the heart of the scenic and recreational paradise known as the Land of Umpqua. Located within proximity to the Oregon Coast, Crater Lake and Eugene, the area boasts some of the most epic outdoor adventures and a blooming wine industr y.

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800-847-4872 Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre 510 Centerville Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601 Denise Trupe 800-933-3759 dtrupe@pratherentertainmentgroup.com www.dutchapple.com Consistently providing top-quality productions, award-winning food and exceptional service. The theater seats 380 guests and is located in the heart of the Amish Country in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Museum of Art 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. Philadelphia, PA 19130 Group Sales 215-684-7863 groupvisits@philamuseum.org www.philamuseum.org Discover works of art at one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country. Pines Dinner Theatre 448 N. 17th St. Allentown, PA 18104 Group Sales 610-433-2333 info@pinesdinnertheatre.com www.pinesdinnertheatre.com With fabulous food, spectacular shows, and unique down-home country-casual atmosphere, at the Pines Dinner Theatre, who could ask for anything more?

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RHODE ISLAND butions to the defense of the commonwealth. Discover the birthplace of independence and all the stops along the way. Pennsylvania is home to an assortment of arts and culture stops that add to any experience. Our artisan trails bring visitors to the doorsteps of talented national, regional and local artists, highlighting fine arts and craftsmanship across the state. Groups are invited to experience our wineries, outdoor recreation, shopping history, and to explore all that the Keystone State has to offer.

VisitPA.com Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse 3065 Lincoln Hwy. E. Paradise, PA 17562 Rachel Blauberg 800-292-4301 sales@rainbowcomedy.com www.rainbowcomedy.com The all-new Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse. Dinner theatre with a difference. Same hysterical comedy plays with all-new dining and seating options. Steam Into History P.O. Box 128, 2 W. Main St. New Freedom, PA 17349 Debra Beshore 717-600-6535 dbeshore@steamintohistory.com www.steamintohistory.com Relive Civil War railroad history riding the rails President Lincoln rode on his way to deliver the Gettysburg Address. Experience the magic. Turkey Hill Experience 301 Linden St. Columbia, PA 17512 Kim Dolly 844-847-4884, ext. 108 groupsales@turkeyhill.com www.turkeyhillexperience.com Discover how ice cream is made and create your own flavor, package and commercial. Bring this flavor to life at the Turkey Hill Taste Lab.

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hode Island is an unforgettable destination, boasting hundreds of miles of breathtaking coastline, rich history and attractions for every interest. And our small size means your groups can take it all in easily. Visitors flock to the magnificent mansions along the ocean in Newport. Nature and sports lovers can explore the Blackstone River by kayak, pedal the East Bay Bike Path, or golf in South County, Warwick and the West Bay. There is a vibrant arts scene, and innovative theater,

401-278-9100 Blackstone Valley Tourism Council 175 Main St. Pawtucket, RI 02860 Dr. Robert Billington 800-454-2882 info@tourblackstone.com www.tourblackstone.com Relive our country's great industrial history, explore one of Rhode Island's outdoor recreational hotspots and prominent arts districts, and experience some of Rhode Island's finest, most unique dining establishments. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 101 Ferry Rd., Route 114 Bristol, RI 02809 Tree Callanan 401-253-2707 tcallahan@blithewold.org www.blithewold.org Blithewold is a place where nature meets culture and where the wilderness of Narragansett Bay borders cultivated gardens full of indigenous and international plants that inspired our exhibit's regional, national and international artists. Discover Newport 23 America's Cup Ave. Newport, RI 02840 Alex Hurd 800-326-6030, ext.119 ahurd@discovernewport.org www.discovernewport.org Whether your group is visiting for the day or overnight, both Newport and Bristol County have a wealth of interesting attractions and events to include in your itinerary.

music and dance in Providence to keep things lively. No matter when you visit, there’s plenty to do. Winter brings Christmas in Newport. Spring means Daffodil Days in Bristol and traditional May breakfasts. Summer brings music festivals and the oldest Fourth of July parade in the nation. Autumn might just be the best of all, when the leaves turn golden, and the scent of apple cider fills the air.

VisitRhodeIsland.com Newport Mansions 424 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI 02840 Group Sales • 401-847-2251 groups@newportmansions.org www.newportmansions.org 11 historic properties and landscapes - seven of which are National Historic Landmarks - trace America’s architectural and social development from the colonial era through the Gilded Age. Providence Warwick CVB 10 Memorial Blvd. Providence, RI 02903 Kerri Furtado • 401-456-0241 kfurtado@goprovidence.com www.goprovidence.com/group-tour Providence combines the accessibility and friendliness of a small town with the culture and sophistication of a big city. With a thriving arts community, vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, outstanding hotels, a renowned restaurant scene and so many things to do, Providence is the per fect place to visit. South County Tourism Council 4808 Tower Hill Rd., Suite 101 Wakefield, RI 02879 401-789-4422 info@southcountyri.com www.southcountyri.com Get in touch with nature in South County, Rhode Island. We offer great tours such as our Lobster and Lighthouses tour, Brews and Spirits tour, Kayaks and Clams tour, By Land & Sea, Captain Ahab's tour and so much more.

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outh Dakota’s largest city is centrally located at the junction of I-29 and I-90 in The Heart of America and provides unique attractions, customized itineraries, and affordable conveniences for your next tour. The Sioux Falls Regional Airport also provides easy access by air. Sioux Falls has recently debuted new state-of-the-art entertainment facilities and hundreds of new hotel rooms. The new Denny Sanford Premier Center has hosted major country acts, rock stars like Paul McCartney, and nationally known dance and comedic performers. Next door, check out Badlands Pawn, featuring 70,000 square feet of attractions and entertainment. Falls Park is one of the must-see attractions in Sioux Falls and the city’s namesake located on the edge of a vibrant downtown. The 123-acre park features a triple water fall, visitor’s information center, five-story observation tower, Overlook café and historic ruins on the banks of the Big Sioux River. It is visited by people from around the world. Groups rave about the Washington Pavilion, the city’s first high school and one of only two facilities in the world to bring under one roof performing arts, visual arts, interactive science and educational opportunities. There is a growing local beer, wine and foodie scene to satisfy your taste buds. In fact, at Strawbale Winery, you can enjoy wine in a serene country setting tucked away between a 100-year-old barn, shelter belt, and grapevines. The CVB is here to assist you with any and every detail to ensure your guests have a memorable experience.

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outh Carolina’s got everything you need for your next Group Tour. From our pristine beaches and lush mountains, to quiet forests and thriving city centers, South Carolina has an endless selection of group touring opportunities and exciting destinations. Come experience true Southern hospitality again and again in our nearly year-round mild and enjoyable climate. South Carolina really does have something for everyone. Within our coastline and mountains,

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Anderson CVB 110 Federal St., Suite 8 Anderson, SC 29625 Group Sales 877-282-4650 info@visitanderson.com www.visitanderson.com South Carolina's bright spot is ready to welcome tour groups. Historic districts, museums, golf courses, f arm tours, and outdoor fun at Lake Hartwell or Sadlers Creek State Park ensure there's always something for your group to do.

Myrtle Beach Area CVB 1200 N. Oak St. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Sandy Haines • 843-916-7248 sandy.haines@visitmyrtlebeach.com www.visitmyrtlebeach.com Known for its 60 miles of beautiful beaches, Myrtle Beach has a wide variety of options to keep groups entertained. Outdoor fun on the beaches, shopping centers, sculpture gardens, plantation tours and delicious seafood makes Myrtle Beach a spectacular destination for groups.

Capital City/Lake Murray Country 2184 N. Lake Drive Columbia, SC 29212 Amy Alimohamed 803-781-5940 ext. 3 aalimohamed@lakemurraycountry.com www.lakemurraycountry.com Lake Murray Country, the Jewel of South Carolina, offers exciting attractions, a dozen museums, unique experiences, terrific restaurants and beautiful Lake Murray.

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach 1110 Celebrity Circle Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Alexia Edge 800-734-8888 ext.3272 aedge@ripleys.com www.ripleyaquariums.com/myrtlebeach Come face-to-face with the gooiest and grungiest creatures under the sea at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. Group discounts available.

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South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC 29401 Group Sales 843-577-3474, ext. 3 groupsales@scaquarium.org www.scaquarium.org South Carolina Aquarium is home to South Carolina’s only hospital for sick and injured sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Hospital Tour allows your group to visit these beautiful animals up close and learn about the patients and conservation efforts.

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800-952-3625 Black Hills and Badlands Tourism Association 1851 Discovery Circle Rapid City, SD 57702 Michelle Thomson 605-355-3600 michelle@blackhillsbadlands.com www.seetheblackhills.com Come and experience monumental works of man and nature in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper and Show 2255 Fort Hays Dr. Rapid City, SD 57702 888-394-3113 office@forthaysreservations.com www.mountrushmoretours.com Enjoy the original Chuckwagon Supper followed by a great music variety show. A Western experience with good food and family fun for ever yone. Mount Rushmore Resorts P.O. Box 649 Keystone, SD 57751 605-666-4250 info@mtrushmoreresorts.com www.mtrushmoreresorts.com Mount Rushmore Resorts offers four great choices for lodging near Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. All hotel properties are located in downtown Keystone, just minutes from Mount Rushmore, and offer group-friendly rates and ser vice.

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TENNESSEE community. From cowboys and outlaws to pioneering families and plains-dwelling Native Americans, the state of South Dakota has centuries of rich history. Whether it's a fossil dig near Chamberlain, a frontier cavalry march at Fort Sisseton or a Wild West shootout in Deadwood, South Dakota invites visitors to take a vacation back in time. Contact individual destinations for information on group packages and planning. You can also visit us at www.toursdakota.com.

TravelSD.com Rapid City CVB 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd. N. Rapid City, SD 57701 Lindsey Beasley 605-718-8482 beasley@visitrapidcity.com www.visitrapidcity.com Centrally located to bucket list-worthy experiences, like witnessing the remarkable human achievements of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the ongoing mountain carving at Crazy Horse Memorial, Rapid City, South Dakota is the destination where ever y day has big potential. Royal River Casino & Hotel P.O. Box 326 Flandreau, SD 57028 Angie Henderson • 800-833-8666 angie.henderson@royalriver.com www.royalrivercasino.com Located only 35 minutes north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Royal River Casino and Hotel is the preferred entertainment destination in the upper Midwest, offering the biggest variety of gaming options and two restaurants. Sioux Falls CVB 200 N. Phillips Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Jackie Wentworth • 605-373-2028 jwentworth@siouxfalls.com www.visitsiouxfalls.com/tours-are-here Sioux Falls, South Dakota's largest city, is centrally located and provides distinctive attractions, customized itineraries, and affordable conveniences for your next tour. grouptraveldirectory.com

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615-741-9069 Belle Meade Plantation 5025 Harding Pike Nashville, TN 37205 Mark James 615-356-0501 ext. 135 grouptours@bellemeadeplantation.com www.bellemeadeplantation.com Belle Meade’s group tours are exceptional and feature the intimate stories of the various people who created Belle Meade Plantation and its beautiful grounds and architecturally significant buildings. Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre 8204 Hwy. 100 Nashville, TN 37221 John Chaffins 615-646-9977 ext. 11 chaffingroups@yahoo.com www.dinnertheatre.com Get a taste of Nashville culture (and the buffet) and come see local actors and actresses bring life to your group's favorite play. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 222 Fifth Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203 Brad Henton 615-461-2001 acarathers@countrymusichalloffame.org www.countrymusichalloffame.org Experience country music's past and present through dynamic exhibits, priceless artifacts, live music and more while taking advantage of the most celebrated meeting spaces in the city. Visit Historic RCA Studio B, and Iconic Hatch Show Print, both properties of the museum. Unique group packages available.

Gaylord Opryland and Jack Daniel Distillery. Tennessee invites travelers off-thebeaten path along the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways, or to spend a day at award-winning festivals like Chattanooga’s Riverfest, Clarksville’s Rivers and Spires, and Jonesborough’s International Storytelling Festival. To view Tennessee’s fine arts, visit galleries like the Frist in Nashville, the Hunter in Chattanooga or the Brooks in Memphis.

TNVacation.com Gatlinburg CVB 303 Reagan Dr. Gatlinburg, TN 37738 800-588-1817 info@gatlinburg.com www.gatlinburg.com Gatlinburg lies next to the Great Smoky Mountains and each year attracts 11 million visitors who sample this mountain resort’s Appalachian hospitality. Gatlinburg prides itself on its walkability amidst mountain heritage and the arts, crafts and shops reflecting that tradition. Gaylord Opryland Resort 2800 Opryland Drive Nashville, TN 37214 Tina Abellanosa 888-976-6779 tabellanosa@gaylordhotels.com www.gaylordhotels.com/travelguide Gaylord Opryland has the expertise and product offerings to create a one-of-a-kind experience your travelers will remember for years. Greystone Lodge on the River 559 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738 Jackie Leatherwood 865-436-5621 jleatherwood@greystonelodgetn.com www.greystonelodgetn.com Whether you are on a leisurely Smoky Mountain vacation, a motorcoach tour or are looking for Gatlinburg group meeting space and lodging, you will find the customer-centered attitude and pleasant Southern hospitality to provide just what you're looking for. 2017 Group Travel Directory

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Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery 903 Pkwy. Gatlinburg, TN 37738 865-436-6995 shine@osdistillery.com www.olesmoky.com A visit to Ole Smoky Distiller y is the true moonshine experience. The distillers like to visit with folks. They’ll be glad to answer your questions about the history and lore of moonshining in East Tennessee. After your tour, treat yourself to a free taste of homegrown shine. Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism P.O. Box 1390-I Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 Joy McNealy 865-453-8574 jmcnealy@mypigeonforge.com www.mypigeonforge.com Nestled in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is one of the top group tour destinations in the United States. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies & Ripley's TN Attractions 88 River Rd. Gatlinburg, TN 37738 Phyllis Emery • 888-240-1358 groupsales@ripleys.com www.ripleysaquariumofthesmokies.com One of the Top 5 Aquariums by TripAdvisor. Twelve-foot sharks, a giant sea turtle, exotic sea creatures and playful penguins. Interactive dive/ feeding shows and more.

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Visit Clarksville 25 Jefferson St., Suite 300 Clarksville, TN 37040 Frances Manzitto 800-530-2487, ext. 231 frances@visitclarksvilletn.com www.visitclarksvilletn.com The historic, yet thriving, riverfront city of Clarksville, Tennessee offers an ideal off-the-beaten-path destination for any tour group visit. West Tennessee Delta Heritage/ Tina Turner Museum 121 Sunny Hill Cove Brownsville, TN 38012 Sonia Clark 731-779-9000 sonia.clark@westtnheritage.com www.westtnheritage.com Experience the music, cotton and beauty of Tennessee's Delta, including the home of Blues pioneer "Sleepy" John Estes and the world's only T ina Turner Museum. Wilson County CVB 233 E. Gay St. Lebanon, TN 37087 Sara Davenport 615-453-9655 davenports@wilsoncountytn.gov www.visitwilsoncounty.com Wilson County, Nashville's "incubator" for new music artists, is a short drive or relaxing train ride from Music City.

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512-936-0292 Fredericksburg CVB 302 E. Austin Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Karyn Maya 888-997-3600 tourismsales@fbgtx.org www.visitfredericksburgtx.com Fredericksburg, founded by German settlers in 1846, is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Popular group tour activities include museums, historic district tours, a wildflower farm, vineyards and wineries, peach orchards, brew pub, living history farmstead, art galleries, live music, a lavender farm, scenic drives, golf and more. Frisco CVB 7601 Gaylord Pkwy., Suite 100 Frisco, TX 75034 Ryan Callison 877-463-7472 rcallison@visitfrisco.com www.visitfrisco.com Just north of Dallas, Frisco will captivate your tour group with four professional sports, iFly indoor skydiving, the new Museum of the American Railroad and over nine million square feet of retail shopping. Seguin Visitors Center 116 N. Camp St. Seguin, TX 78155 Myra Salinas • 830-401-0810 msalinas@seguintexas.gov www.visitseguin.com Founded by Texas Rangers, 1838, with small-town charm, historic sites. Visit the architectural wonder Sebastopol House, and the world's largest pecan and nutcracker collection. grouptraveldirectory.com

adventure to experience every day of the year. Adventurous types will love the beautiful landscapes, just waiting for someone to hit the trails, careen through Big Bend, or zip-line through the towering pines. City-slickers can spend days hitting the shops in our world-class stores, or take a culture break at an opera or art museum. Local flavor, miles of beaches, golf resorts and countless attractions…. no matter what your perfect vacation is, you’ll find it here, in Texas.

TravelTex.com Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza 411 Elm St. Dallas, TX 75202 Group Sales 214-747-6660 groupsales@jfk.org www.jfk.org Located in the former Texas School Book Depository, the museum uses photography, text, videos and audio guides to interpret events of November 22, 1963. South Padre Island CVB 7355 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597 800-767-2373) info@sopadre.com www.sopadre.com Welcome to your own tropical Island – South Padre Island. With 34 miles of beautiful white sand and clear emerald water, South Padre Island is one of the world’s most exquisite barrier islands – and the only Island in Texas. Visit Tyler 315 N. Broadway Ave. Tyler, TX 75702 Susan Travis 903-592-6978 stravis@tylertexas.com www.visittyler.com Tyler, Texas, the Rose Capital of America, where you can enjoy the Texas Rose Festival in the fall, or the Azalea Trail in the spring.

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VERMONT retail stores. City Creek features the Natural History Museum of Utah and The Leonardo and more than three dozen restaurants in the downtown core alone. Salt Lake - the “Crossroads of the West” - is a “must visit” city. Across the street from City Creek is group-friendly Temple Square. Visitors can experience the FamilySearch Center, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and great dining. Antelope Island State Park, to the north, is the largest island on the Great Salt Lake. It is home to free-roaming bison, bighorn sheep, deer and pronghorn antelope.

VisitUtah.com Cache Valley Visitors Bureau 199 N. Main Logan, UT 84321 Julie Hollist • 800-882-4433 julie@visitloganutah.com www.visitloganutah.com Cache Valley is Utah's hidden treasure. It's a land of dairy farms, small towns, stunning mountains, modest cities, friendly people, higher education and internationally renowned live arts performances. Visit us to plan your Utah group trip. Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm 2180 E. Riverside Dr. St. George, UT 84790 Rusty Salmon • 435-574-3466 tracksofdinos@gmail.com www.dinosite.org The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm houses exceptionally well-preserved dinosaur tracks, fossil fish and plants, rare dinosaur remains, invertebrates traces and important sedimentary structures. This site is described by many paleontologists as "one of the ten best dinosaur track sites in the world." Frontier Movie Town 297 W. Center St. Kanab, UT 84741 435-644-5337 www.littlehollywoodmuseum.org Many of the old Western sets used in the Little Hollywood movies have been lovingly preser ved in this free museum. As you walk through the movie sets, you will appreciate the fabulous illusions the film makers brought to the Silver Screen.

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he very mention of Vermont brings to mind mountains - the Green Mountains and Green Mountain National Forest in central Vermont. The Green Mountain State is also a land of rivers, lakes and streams. Vermont is a versatile state. Hiking and biking trails also accommodate crosscountry skiers and snowmobilers; fishing and boating become ice fishing and ice boating in winter; and ski slopes run alpine slides in the summer. If visiting during the warm weather months, be sure to check

800-837-6668 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Route 100 Waterbury, VT 05676 866-258-6877 www.benjerry.com/waterbury The 30-minute guided ice cream factor y tour is fun and educational for all ages. The tour offers guests the opportunity to learn about ice cream manufacturing and explains how the company incorporates valuesled decisions that drive its business. Cap off your visit with a stop in the Flavor Graveyard to pay your respects to dearly de-pinted, retired flavors. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center One College St. Burlington, VT 05401 Meg Lapan 802-864-1848, ext. 127 mlapan@echovermont.org www.echovermont.org ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a 36,000square-foot, award-winning, LEED-certified facility. ECHO welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually with interactive exhibits and education programs that include over 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles; and more than 100 interactive experiences. Mount Snow Resort 39 Mount Snow Rd. West Dover, VT 05356 Doug Daniels 800-245-7669 ddaniels@mountsnow.com www.mountsnow.com Use the Family Camp as your stress-free family grouptraveldirectory.com


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VIRGINIA out one of the many farmers’ markets that converge upon nearly 70 communities across Vermont. Enjoy a sample of Half-Baked or Whirled Peace on a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory tour, which features a seven-minute “movie” about the company’s founders. The Shelburne Museum, with works of art in 38 exhibition buildings, is another must-see. Explore over 150,000 works of art that are displayed in 38 different exhibition buildings.

VermontVacation.com reunion offering something for ever ybody and the arrangements are already done and waiting for you. All lodging, meals and an almost endless list of activities will keep your family happy and occupied, and the resort is more than capable of arranging special events for your groups while they are here. The all-inclusive program is a great fit for any reunion group. Trapp Family Lodge 700 Trapp Hill Rd., P.O. Box 1428 Stowe, VT 05672 Ryan Kukar • 800-826-7000 rk@trappfamily.com www.trappfamily.com Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, the Trapp Family Lodge is a unique, luxur y mountain resort featuring Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations and a picturesque location for anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, family reunions and other special events. Vermont Marble Museum 52 Main St. Proctor, VT 05765 Desiree Moody 800-427-1396 desiree@vermont-marble.com www.vermont-marble.com Located in central Vermont’s Rutland/Killington area, it’s the perfect inclusion to your New England itineraries. Visit the Hall of Presidents, see artisans at work daily and learn the histor y and geology of marble. Don’t miss a visit to the unique gift shop.

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irginia is a year-round destination where visitors can completely connect with each other, doing the things they love to do on vacation while exploring the special treasures of our heritage, culture, nature and epicurean delights. A trip to Virginia can be as diverse and beautiful as the state itself. Explore and discover sandy beaches of Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore, exhilarating amusement parks, majestic mountain vistas, iconic historic sites such as Jefferson’s

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Monticello, Washington’s Mount Vernon and Williamsburg Historic Triangle, quaint small towns, picturesque wineries, idyllic state and national parks, diverse arts, music and culture, roaring NASCAR events, natural wonders, world-class resorts and hotels. See for yourself why we say that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.

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Abingdon CVB 335 Cummings St. Abingdon, VA 24210 Monica Hall 276-676-2282 mhall@abingdon-va.gov www.visitabingdonvirginia.com Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Abington is the perfect destination for motorcoach tours. Abington is rich in histor y, culture, outdoor fun and old-fashioned hospitality. Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism 32383 Lankford Hwy. Cape Charles, VA 23310 Allan Burns 757-331-1660 info@esvatourism.org www.esvatourism.org Unique experiences await on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Visit NASA on Wallops Island, tour an aqua farm, embark on an artisan trail or go on a beach hike. Fredericksburg Regional Tourism Partnership 706 Caroline St. Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Lura Hill 866-405-3046 lhill@fredericksburgva.gov www.visitfred.com/groups-meetings Fredericksburg Regional Tourism Partnership offers complete group tour services whether you're planning a new tour, customizing a tour, or expanding an established itinerary.

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ocated conveniently along the Mid-Atlantic coast Norfolk, VA is the ideal destination for leisurely and affordable tours. With an abundance of delicious restaurants, shopping and historical and cultural attractions, this riverside city offers something for everyone. Norfolk is earning its reputation as the glass capital of the Eastern Seaboard and is swiftly gaining notoriety as one of the major players in the worldwide glassmaking industry. The Chrysler Glass Studio, a 7,000-square-foot studio, features public glassblowing demonstrations, a Visiting Artist Series and an Artist in Residence program. Next door, at the nationally-renowned Chrysler Museum of Art, you’ll find 5,000 years of art history and Walter P. Chrysler Jr.’s world-class collection of more than 30,000 works of art. Tour the nautical, naval and natural power of the sea at Nauticus, Norfolk’s interactive science maritime museum. This enormous science and technology center boasts over 150 interactive exhibits. Also located at Nauticus are the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the historic Battleship Wisconsin, the largest battleship ever constructed by the U.S. Navy. Norfolk is also home to many sites that helped shape the history of the United States. Visitors get a chance to not only read about the Revolutionary War, but they can also visit St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where a cannonball from the Battle of Great Bridge remains lodged in one of the church’s original walls. MacArthur Memorial, the final resting place for General Douglas MacArthur, is also a must-see stop. For more information on Norfolk attractions or student programs, please contact Melissa Hopper at 1-800-368-3097 or go to www.visitnorfolktoday.com.


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Frontier Culture Museum P.O. Box 810 1290 Richmond Rd. Staunton, VA 24401 Group Sales 540-332-7850 reservations@frontiermuseum.org www.frontiermuseum.org Learn about immigrants' life on the frontier between the years 1600-1850. Private group tours are available. Halifax County Tourism 1180 Bill Tuck Hwy. South Boston, VA 24592 Group Sales 434-572-2543 info@gohalifaxva.com www.gohalifaxva.com Halifax County has a wide variety of entertainment options for groups. Whether you prefer to watch race cars or Amish buggies, explore a park or visit a historic site, there's always something to do in Halifax County. Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown P.O. Box 1607 Williamsburg, VA 23187 Group Reservations 888-868-7593 groupreservations@jyf.virginia.gov www.historyisfun.org/ The museums tell the story of America’s beginnings, from the settlement and establishment of the first colony to the Revolution that gained America its independence. Both museums offer the opportunity to experience what life was like during the 17th and 18th centuries through hands-on activities like exploring replicas of the ships used during the first voyage from England to Virginia and camping out at a Continental Army encampment.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum 206 High St. Portsmouth, VA 23704 Corry Gross 757-393-8031 grossc@vshfm.com www.vshfm.com The Hall of Fame honors champions and celebrates Virginia's rich sports history. It's an interactive family-friendly environment featuring sports exhibits with hands-on (baseball, basketball, football, soccer, racing) activities. Visit Franklin County VA 1255 Franklin St., Suite 112 Rocky Mount, VA 24151 Group Sales 540-483-3040 info@visitfranklincountyva.org www.visitfranklincountyva.org Franklin County features historic downtowns, experience-rich museums, culinary delights at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and canneries, and an array of outdoor adventures at lakes, rivers and trails.

Visit Norfolk 232 E. Main St. Norfolk, VA 23510 Melissa Hopper 800-368-3097 mhopper@visitnorfolktoday.com www.visitnorfolktoday.com There is so much to do and see in beautiful Nor folk, the heart of the Virginia water front. Wolf Trap Performing Arts Foundation 1645 Trap Rd. Vienna, VA 22182 Anne Janeski • 703-255-1851 annej@wolftrap.org www.wolftrap.org Voted "Summer's Best Outdoor Venue" by Washington City Paper. Renowned for presenting the greatest names in music, dance and theatre in an exquisite setting. Yorktown Sailing Charters P.O. Box 238 Riverwalk Landing Pier Yorktown, VA 23690 Laura Lohse • 757-639-1233 info@sailyorktown.com www.sailyorktown.com Set sail for adventure aboard the Yorktown Schooners. Daily 2-hour cruises on the York River aboard the 105' Schooner Alliance for 49 passengers or the 65' Schooner Serenity for 24 passengers.

Virginia Beach CVB 2101 Parks Ave., Suite 500 Virginia Beach, VA 23451 Jim Coggin 757-385-6642 jcoggin@VisitVirginiaBeach.com www.visitvirginiabeach.com/grouptour/ Virginia Beach is famous for its iconic three-mile boardwalk, three distinctive beaches, fresh seafood, energetic downtown, abundant parks and water ways and mild weather. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220 Group Sales 804-340-1575 groupsales@vmfa.museum www.vmfa.museum VMFA hosts a variety of traveling exhibits and permanent exhibits including South Asian galler y, Russian Decorative Arts, Photography gallery, Native American art and much more.

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ashington State offers a diversity unmatched by any location on earth: dazzling city skylines, majestic mountains, active volcanoes, enchanting islands, romantic vineyards, working guest ranches, rugged coastlines and mystical rain forests. Snowboard down a glacier, view wild Orcas, dine 500 feet above Seattle, mountain bike a forest trail, sample fair trade gourmet chocolate, enjoy “farm to table” slow food and sleep where ancient

800-544-1800 Bellingham, Whatcom County CVB 904 Potter St. Bellingham, WA 98229 360-671-3990 tourism@bellingham.org www.bellingham.org Enjoy a fun getaway filled with magnificent scener y, a culture of outdoor recreation, Western Washington University, the Alaska Ferry, the Canadian border, Mt. Baker, the Salish Sea, local food, spirits, art and music. City of Lynnwood 19100 44th Ave. W. Lynnwood, WA 98046 Mary Monroe mmonroe@ci.lynwood.wa.us www.lynnwoodtourism.com Located just 16 miles north of Seattle and minutes from ferries, mountains, wineries, casinos and more, Lynnwood is the ideal gateway to ever ything the North Puget Sound has to offer. Snohomish County Tourism Bureau 1133 164th St. S.W., Suite 204 Lynwood, WA 98036 Amy Spain 888-338-0976 visitor@snohomish.org www.snohomish.org Just 12 miles north of Seattle with hotel rates up to 40% less. Home to the Boeing Tour and Future of Flight Aviation Center, historic aviation collections, Seattle Premium Outlets, antiques and collectibles in historic Snohomish, tribal casinos, Hibulb Cultural Center, wineries and distilleries, and some of the best outdoor recreation in the region. 84

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WEST VIRGINIA trees wear beards of lush green moss. Located astride the same latitudes as the wine-producing regions of France, Washington has more than 650 wineries, many of them concentrated in the Yakima, Columbia and Walla Walla valleys. Sample locally brewed beer and ale at brewpubs in Seattle and Woodinville. In Washington, there isn’t much you can’t do.

WATourismAlliance.com The Space Needle 203 65th Ave. North Seattle, WA 98109 800-964-7695 groups@spaceneedle.com www.spaceneedle.com From 520 feet up, enjoy 360-degree views that make the Space Needle an international mar vel. Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau 801 Riverside, Suite 301 Spokane, WA 99201 Charlotte Finnegan 509-363-6831 cfinnegan@visitspokane.com www.visitspokane.com If you're looking for a new travel destination that will offer your clients the perfect blend of relaxation, unbeatable natural beauty, memorable experiences and superb accommodations, consider the Spokane area. Washington State Fair 110 Ninth Ave. SW Puyallup, WA 98371 253-845-1771 info@thefair.com www.thefair.com Get ready to party big at the W ashington State Fair in Puyallup. For 17 glorious days enjoy delicious food, dazzling entertainment and fun. It's the biggest party in the state.

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800-225-5982 American Mountain Theater 49 Martin St. Elkins, WV 26241 Meggan Sexton 800-943-3670 meggan.sexton@gmail.com www.americanmountaintheater.com If you are looking for something to do in W est Virginia that everyone will love, look no further than the American Mountain Theater in the historic railyard district. The live shows will entertain groups of all sizes and ages. Braxton CVB 250 Skidmore Lane Sutton, WV 26601 Group Sales 304-765-6533 info@braxtonwv.org www.braxtonwv.org Braxton County offers top-of-the-line facilities that can meet the needs of any budget. Natural beauty and recreation abound with two beautiful lakes, an easily navigable river water trail and many hiking trails. Canaan Valley Resort 230 Main Lodge Rd. Davis, WV 26260 Ryan Rosenau 304-866-2213 rosenaur@canaanresort.com www.canaanresort.com Canaan Valley Resort offers a four-season mountain destination featuring a variety of accommodations, dining, seasonal recreational activities, and banquet/conference facilities.

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WISCONSIN radius of Charleston, the state capital. West Virginia is the only state born of the Civil War. Visitors to the Mountain State can relive the days of conflict at one of the many Civil War re-enactments or West Virginia’s Independence Hall in Wheeling. Other popular attractions in the state include the Cass, Potomac Eagle, and Durbin and Greenbrier Valley scenic railroads. The American Mountain Theater in Elkins offers family-oriented music programs.

WVTourism.com Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad 315 Railroad Ave. Elkins, WV 26241 Matt Scott 877-686-7245 mattscottwv@gmail.com www.mountainrail.com Travel back in time behind centur y-old steam locomotives and vintage diesel-powered passenger trains on rail excursions through West Virginia's most remote mountain terrain. Lewis County CVB 499 U.S. Highway 33 E. #2 Weston, WV 26452 Chrissy Richards 304-269-7328 crichards@stonewallcountry.com www.stonewallcountry.com Visit Lewis County, West Virginia, where heroes were raised, legends where born and memories are made. Marion County CVB 1000 Cole St., Suite A Pleasant Valley, WV 26554 Leisha Elliot 800-834-7365 leisha@marioncvb.com www.marioncvb.com What do you like to do when you travel? Marion County has plenty for any traveler to see and experience. Check out our most popular itineraries, which highlight not only what there is to see here, but also throughout neighboring counties.

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n Wisconsin, there are many reasons to say “cheese.” With 15,000 inland lakes and 25,000 miles of waterways, Wisconsin is an aquatic oasis. Experience these many waterways by sailboat, canoe, kayak, tubing on a lazy river, or even surfing along the Lake Michigan beaches around Sheboygan. The state of Wisconsin is home to “The Waterpark Capital of the World ®,” the Wisconsin Dells. Famous indoor water parks, scenic tours, lux to cozy accommo-

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Central Wisconsin Tourism Association 340 Division St. Stevens Point, WI 54481 Sara Brish 715-344-2556 www.centralwisconsin.org Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids are conveniently located along I-39, in the center of Wisconsin. The area offers a casino stop, Amish/ Mennonite tours, brewery/wine/distillery tours, garden tours, industrial tours and the popular Spud, Berry and Dairy tour (featuring potatoes, cranberries & dairy/cheese). Complimentary welcome reception with overnight tours. Circle Wisconsin P.O. Box 20750 Milwaukee, WI 53220 Wendy Dobrzynski 414-545-1100 wendy@circlewisconsin.com www.circlewisconsin.com Representing over 140 group-friendly destinations, attractions, lodging, dining and sightseeing possibilities, Circle Wisconsin is your resource in planning that ideal fun tour to Wisconsin. The Dancing Horses Theatre 5065 State Rd. 50 Delavan, WI 53115 Joyce Bicek 262-728-8200 info@animalgardens.com www.thedancinghorses.com Groups are our specialty—open all year round, in a comfortable, climate-controlled, 300-seat theatre.

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isconsin Dells has been a favorite vacation spot for Midwesterners for generations, with the main draws being the loads of attractions and the river that carved a path right through the community. But over the course of the last decade, Wisconsin Dells has made the leap from regional find to national monument. The reason? Its steadfast reputation as “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” When not enjoying the wave pools, plunge slides and water roller coasters at some of the nation’s largest waterparks, groups often participate in other Wisconsin Dells rituals, like boat tours on the Wisconsin River, or playing a round of mini-golf or competing on the go-kart track. There’s plenty of shopping options available too, both on the main strip and downtown. And dining choices are as varied as people’s taste buds – classic Wisconsin supper clubs, ethnic, vegetarian, kid-friendly, healthy homemade and sports bars. From gorgeous scenery to exciting activities, live entertainment, dining, and shopping, Wisconsin Dells is one place everyone will agree on.

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THERE’S A JUDITH IN EVERY GROUP. She’s happy to join in, but she wants ® options. Luckily for you and Judith, “The Waterpark Capital of the World! ” is a crowd-pleaser. With countless group and individual activities from live shows to scenic boat rides, Wisconsin Dells will keep the Judith in your group smiling – something everyone can get behind. Contact one of our destination specialists for complimentary planning assistance.

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The Fireside Dinner Theatre 1131 Janesville Ave. Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 Jean Flynn 800-477-9505 jean@firesidetheatre.com www.firesidetheatre.com Professional theater, memorable dining, spectacular shops and fabulous service make the Fireside Wisconsin's #1 year-round motorcoach attraction. Join us as we celebrate its 39th season. Harley-Davidson Museum 500 W. Canal St. Milwaukee, WI 53201 414-287-2810 www.harley-davidson.com/museum More than a nostalgia trip for motor cycle enthusiasts. Have your group tours explore histor y and culture through the lens of an iconic American company; two restaurants, shop, factory tours, free parking. Manitowoc Area VCB 4221 Calumet Ave. Manitowoc, WI 54220 Kathryn Henning 920-686-3077 khenning@manitowoc.info www.manitowoc.info Manitowoc County invites you to come and see the tranquility that awaits you while you visit us on the coast.

Oneida Nation. The tour guide will give a more thorough historical and cultural tour of the Oneida Nation, including stops at the Log Home Restoration Area, Where the Water Birds Nest and the Buffalo Overlook. Rosewood 2484 County Rd., O S. Delavan, WI 53115 Gretch Hladish • 262-275-5587 gretch@rosewoodwi.com www.rosewoodwi.com Southeastern Wisconsin’s newest entertainment attraction joins the premier leisure destinations of the Midwest. Whether it’s the high-energy vocal performance and expansive show repertoire of Mark & Gretch Productions, an interactive farm-fresh culinary experience, or women’s getaway weekend with spa services, Rosewood brings signature event programming to Wisconsin. Visit Milwaukee 648 N. Plankinton Ave., Suite 200 Milwaukee, WI 53203 Jill Hauck 414-287-4249 jhauck@milwaukee.org www.visitmilwaukee.org/groups On the shores of Lake Michigan, groups find year round fun at historic mansions, craft breweries, ethnic festivals and more. Experience Milwaukee’s Midwestern hospitality.

Washburn County Tourism 122 N. River St. Spooner, WI 54801 Michelle Martin 715-635-9696 tourism@washburncounty.org www.washburncounty.org Located in northwest Wisconsin and offers 10+ group-friendly attractions within 20 minutes. Popular attractions include train ride, railroad museum, winery, woodcarving museum and more. Wisconsin Dells VCB 701 Superior St., P.O. Box 390 Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 Amy Muller 608-254-7180 ext. 313 amy@wisdells.com www.wisdells.com With the world's largest concentration of waterparks as well as exciting attractions and flexible accommodations, Wisconsin Dells is one place ever yone can agree on.

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Milwaukee Art Museum 700 N. Art Museum Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53202 Ellie McCarrier grouptours@mam.org www.mam.org 414-224-3842 With world-class art and an iconic lakeside building, the Milwaukee Art Museum is a local gem with an international reputation, offering memorable, one-ofa-kind experiences with each visit. Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center 1 John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703 Heather Sabin 608-261-4015 hsabin@mononaterrace.com www.tours.mononaterrace.com Experience Frank Lloyd Wright's "dream civic center" located in the heart of beautiful downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Enjoy stunning architecture, sweeping views of city and lake, three onsite galleries and a unique gift shop. Pair your tour with wine and cheese or dessert and bubbly. Scavenger hunt and team building activities also offered. Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Tourism N7210 Seminary Rd. Oneida, WI 54155 Rich Figueroa 920-496-5025 rfiguero@oneidanation.org www.exploreoneida.com Groups are able to take a three-hour tour of the grouptraveldirectory.com

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CAMPBELL COUNTY WYOMING

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hen you’re looking for a monumental tour for your guests, look no further than Campbell County, home to Gillette and Wright. Located in the scenic and picturesque northeast corner of Wyoming, Campbell County is just a short drive from Devils Tower, the nation’s first national monument and one of the most extraordinary. Situated on the main route between Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Yellowstone National Park, a visit to Gillette and Wright is the perfect stop on your trip out West because of its convenient location and all of the fun, family-friendly activities and modern comforts the area offers. At Devils Tower, you will not be short on activities. Whether you’re looking to simply experience the breathtaking views or hike around the Tower, the range of activities fits into any itinerary. Step-on tour guides are available! With abundant wildlife, exquisite wildflowers and some of the most awe-inspiring scenery you’ll ever see, Devils Tower is a staple destination during any tour of the West. Just an hour from this natural wonder, you’ll find Gillette. Known as the Energy Capital of the Nation, Gillette offers a multitude of outdoor activities, educational opportunities and city amenities. With tours of some of the largest surface coal mines in the world, buffalo ranch tours as well as unique shopping and dining plus its proximity to Devils Tower, Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a visit to Campbell County will make any tour monumental.

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NATIONAL SUPPLIERS DINING Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 305 Hartmann Drive Lebanon, TN 37087 Jayne Stegemiller 800-576-7693 guestrelations@crackerbarrel.com www.crackerbarrel.com/tourgroups With Cracker Barrel's Country Coach Service there are more than 600 Cracker Barrel locations in 42 states ready to welcome your group.

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yoming, in the Rocky Mountains, is home to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and Devils Tower National Monument. Wyoming is the Cowboy State with Western destinations like Laramie, Jackson Hole, Cody, Sheridan and Cheyenne. Relive the Old West with cowboys, rodeos, Cheyenne Frontier Days (the world’s largest outdoor rodeo), dude/working ranches, cattle drives, herds of wild horses and Western shoot-outs. Enjoy biking,

800-225-5996 Blair Hotels P.O. Box 30 Cody, WY 82414 Shandi Quintana 307-587-3654, ext. 632 corpsalesrd@blairhotels.com www.blairhotels.com Blair Hotels provides five diverse hotels in three prime locations throughout the state of Wyoming. Special group rates available. Near Yellowstone National Park. Campbell County CVB 1810 South Douglas Hwy. Gillette, WY 82718 Terry Sjolin 307-686-0040 terry@visitgillettewright.com www.visitgillettewright.com From Mt. Rushmore to Devils Tower to Yellowstone the monumental route is your group's per fect route to three of the West's most magnificent marvels. Grand Teton Music Festival 4015 West Lake Creek Drive, Suite 100 Wilson, WY 83014 Brittany Laughlin 307-733-3050 brittany@gtmf.org www.gtmf.org Prestigious soloists and musicians from renowned orchestras flock to stunning Jackson Hole to renew their artistic inspiration and share their talents and passion. 90

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hiking, rafting and fishing. Winter options include destination ski resorts, snowmobiling and dogsledding. Visit Wyoming’s national parks and monuments during the winter season for a majestic experience in Wyoming’s most popular spots without the summer crowds. Remember, many of Wyoming’s attractions and charming towns lie slightly off the beaten path, so don’t be shy to turn off the interstates and explore the hidden treasures and incredible landscapes.

WyomingTourism.org Laramie Area Visitor Center 210 E. Custer St. Laramie, WY 82070 Fred Ockers 800-445-5303 director@visitlaramie.org www.visitlaramie.org Located in the southeast corner of Wyoming, Laramie and Albany County offer visitors excellent opportunities for outdoor activities of all kinds. Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce 220 Part St. MeriAnn Rush 307-864-3192 thermopolischamber@rtconnect.net www.thermopolischamber.org Visitors come to enjoy an assortment of attractions, including the mineral hot springs; a tour of Wyoming Whiskey; thrilling whitewater rafting trips down the Wind River Canyon; a tour of The Wyoming Dinosaur Center and so much more. Visit Cheyenne 121 W. 15th St., Suite 202 Cheyenne, WY 82001 Darren Rudloff 800-426-5009 darren@cheyenne.org www.cheyenne.org Live the Legend of Cheyenne. Feast while surrounded by bison, enjoy several great Western museums or experience Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world's largest rodeo.

Earl Enterprises 877-955-2822 groupreservations@earlenterprise.com www.earlenterprise.com Earl Enterprises provides a great dining experience for groups with great brands like Buca di Beppo, Planet Hollywood, Earl of Sandwich, Planet Dailies and Mixology 101.

ATTRACTIONS Merlin Entertainments www.merlinentertainments.biz This business is about creating unique, memorable and rewarding visior experiences, achieved through the passion and dynamism of its teams and having a unique portfolio of iconic brands including: Madame Tussauds, Sea Life, The Eye Brand, Legoland and many more. Sea Life 234 W. 42nd St. New York, NY 10036 Jennifer Edwards 212-512-9600 ext. 277 jennifer.edwards@merlinentertainments.biz www.visitsealife.com From sharks to sea turtles and jellyfish to seahorses, SEA LIFE Aquariums showcase thousands of sea creatures. Visitors come faceto-face with animals never-before-seen.

CANADIAN ATTRACTIONS Ripley's Aquarium of Canada 288 Bremner Blvd. Toronto, ON M5V 3L9 Canada 647-351-3474 x2642 www.ripleys.com Toronto's newest and most exciting attraction. Canada's largest indoor aquarium is a thrilling underwater adventure that showcases more than 16,000 marine animals and features one of the world's most extensive jelly fish exhibits, 65+ year-old giant lobsters, sting ray and bamboo shark touch pools and daily live dive shows.

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CANADIAN ATTRACTIONS Ripley's Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls 4960 Clifton Hill Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4, Canada 905-356-2238 nfgroups@ripleys.com www.ripleys.com/niagarafalls Experience three unique attractions including the newly renovated Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium with over 900 new exhibits, Ripley's Moving Theater, an art motion 4D simulator ride and Louis T ussaud's Waxworks, a wax museum showcasing over 120 life-like wax figures and 16 themed galleries.

TOURS & PACKAGES Amtrak Over 500 destinations across the country. Michelle Wethers 800-872-1477 groupsales@amtrak.com www.amtrak.com Amtrak: Making 500 destinations a far better ride. See where the train can take you. Brightspark Travel 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 450E Chicago, IL 60631 Christine Raffa 877-545-0070 marketing@brightsparktravel.com www.brightsparktravel.com Brightspark Travel offers custom educational and performance tours and events in a broad range of domestic and international locations. The company is based out of Chicago, Illinois with regional offices throughout the country. Collette 180 Middle St. Pawtucket, RI 02860 Jim Edwards 800-222-5679 jedwards@gocollette.com www.gocollette.com Collette gives you more in ever y way. Traveling with Collette gives you more piece of mind, more on tour , more expertise, and more flexibility. Red Hot Celebrations P.O. Box 6169 Lakewood, CA 90714 Suzanne Slavitter 562-920-3395 suzanne@redhotcelebrations.com www.redhotcelebrations.com Red Hot Celebrations - Travel Trade's Event Connection is a comprehensive one-stop website to search for special events, festivals and specialty tour opportunities.

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Regina Tours 545 8th Ave. Suite 720 New York, NY 10018 Nick Mancino nmancino@groupist.com www.regina-tours.com Regina Tours has been a leader in Catholic pilgrimages since 1985. These tours we offer are designed for spiritual growth, renewal, healing and sharing our faith with others. Sceptre Vacations 486 Sunrise Hwy., Suite 200 Rockville Centre, NY 11570 Maria Orense 800-813-5297 groups@gcs-ltd.com www.sceptrevacations.com Our trusted Group Department is dedicated to expertly crafting itineraries with unique excursions, local guides/drivers and excellent accommodation to ensure the most unforgettable getaway. Sports Empire P.O. Box 6169 Lakewood, CA 90714 Suzanne Slavitter 800-255-5258 suzanne@sports-empire.com www.sports-empire.com Sports Empire is the ultimate authority in delivering travel packages to the major North American sports and special events for over 25 years.

CRUISES Costa Cruises 200 S. Park Rd., Ste. 200 Hollywood, FL 33021 Barbara Holgate 800-462-6782 groupsales@us.costa.it www.costacruises.com Award winning itineraries, 67 years of experience, 15 gleaming superliners and a festive yet stylish onboard atmosphere are what make Cruising Italian Style so popular. Fathom Cruises 855-932-8466 support@fathom.org www.fathom.org If you’re looking for a cruise experience that not only offers you a luxurious passage to the Caribbean, but also the chance to help others and immerse yourself in another culture, then look no further than Fathom cruises, the newest brand in the Carnival Corporation & plc family. Every Fathom journey is based on the “sincere belief that the person-to-person connection is among the strongest catalysts for transformation.”

StudentUniverse 130 Turner St. Waltham, MA 02453 Victor DeLeo 347-395-1942 travelservices@studentuniverse.com studentuniverse.com/travel-services/group-travel StudentUniverse has relationships with over 70 airlines for discounted rates on air fare, along with online travel management tools and service from a dedicated travel specialist. Terra Lu Travel Pfarrstrasse 20 Homberg Frankfurt, Germany 34576 Christian Utpatel +49 5681 848881 christian@terra-lu-travel.com www.germany4groups.com Welcome to Germany. Whether you want to see castles, churches, historic cities, or travel along the Autobahn - Terra Lu will make it happen. U.S. Tours 7000 Grand Central Ave. Vienna, WV 26105 Bob Cline 304-485-8687 sales@ustours.biz www.ustours.biz America's most innovative wholesale travel company. Fresh, unique tour ideas from coast to coast. Ever y tour is customized to suit your wishes.

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There’s something for everyone in your group, including you. From our homestyle cooking that satisfies the pickiest eaters to our country store filled with gifts and games for everyone. With our designated tour bus parking*, dedicated group phone line, and large party seating accommodations, it’s like we were custom built just for you. And as always, a meal for your driver and guide is on the house. It’s just one of our ways of making sure everyone on the road is taken care of.

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