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GROUP TRIPS START HERE WINTER EDITION 2016/2017

MAPS

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Where Travel Professionals Spend The Most Time Online


INDEX MAPPING GREAT GROUP GETAWAYS Forty-five getaway destinations across the country.

ATLAS Access the many custom state and featured market maps.

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HANDBOOK Great places to visit and travel trivia for featured states.

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MAPPING GREAT GROUP GETAWAYS This Winter 2017 edition of TRIPinfo’s Quarterly Digital Magazine is devoted to Mapping Great Group Getaways. In it you will find 45 destinations across the country that may be easier to get to than you think! That is where maps throughout this issue may assist! First, I must admit to be one of the original Google Maps fans. Others have preceded and followed that satellitebased mapping product introduced February 8, 2005. But Google has done an excellent implementation of zoom capability on roads—including pin location of many retail dining + shopping + other outlets. Their tilt-able street views are also great! Second, despite the neat technology available in the last dozen years, it would be naïve to dismiss widespread loyalty to non-digital maps—as first appeared ~25,000 B.C. Traditional maps are still very popular among users that want to understand the “big picture” of destination locations relative to major markets or state borders. The TRIPinfo USA Map is a good example. Finally, many recall these Quarterly Magazines launched as print in 1993--for 12 segments of group planners that all shared a need for planning reference. With it we created our own map library: 50 states, 80 destinations, the Southeast USA & USA. They are all printable as PDFs for your use. This issue maps Great Group Getaways that survived the test of time! Average Year Founded: 1838 Average Year Founded simply adds all the years together and divides by the number of Great Group Getaway destinations. In 1838, Martin Van Buren was USA President to only 26 states. The New Orleans Mint struck its first coinage. The Trail of Tears began, forcing removal of the Cherokee Native American tribe. Median Year Founded: 1849 Median Year Founded derives from sorting our 45 destinations into date founded order, and finding the one in the middle. There are 22 founded prior to or in 1849 in our roster, & 22 after. Mode of Year Founded: 1821 Mode of Year Founded is the date that appears most often in our roster of numbers. In each of 1790, 1847, & 1889 two Great Group Getaway destinations in our roster were founded. But in 1821 there were 3: Little Rock, AR + Sandy Springs, GA + Indianapolis, IN. We think you will find this a fun collection of Great Group Getaways! This issue is designed to be an ongoing, useful reference for group travel ideas. We hope our map collection—here and online at TRIPinfo.com—is helpful in discovering that many of these spots may be along your way! And don’t interesting, easy-to-access, detours & side trips make group travel memorable?

Mark Browning, Publisher


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DISCOVERY

INSIDE+OUT Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival April 1-2, 2017

Maps Maps are essential for group leaders as they plan trips. First, of course, you establish a travel route, but the chosen route varies depending on the purpose of the trip. Are you planning on getting from point A to point B in the fastest, most efficient way? Or is your group tour looking to see the sights and explore the area? This issue featuring Maps fulfills both needs. We prioritize travel to 45 great group getaways via the most efficient routes on high capacity roads so that planners may find the most direct routes. But when it is time for the leisure

trip filled with memorable sightseeing and side trips, we included scenic byways and listed eight prominent area attractions and landmarks for each of the 45 destinations across the nation. To find out about other areas, please visit our online maps. Use these maps as a tool to plan itineraries, then print the pdf versions and share the maps and itineraries with members of your group. Have a great TRIP!


TRIPinfo maps focus on major roadways leading into and out of states and markets while identifying select bodies of water, landmarks and attractions. The following legOR COUNTY end explains their cartographic designs.

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Fairbanks, Alaska

1903

The gateway to the vast Interior and Far North of Alaska, the state’s 2nd largest city sits on the Chena River. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Trans-Alaska Pipeline Denali National Park Chena Hot Springs Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum Pioneer Air Museum Riverboat Discovery Chena Indian Village Pioneer Park

Jackson County, Alabama

1819

Scottsboro is in Northeast Alabama at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the Tennessee River. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Guntersville Lake Goose Pond Colony Resort Unclaimed Baggage Scottsboro Depot Museum Russell Cave National Monument Cathedral Caverns State Park Walls of Jericho North Alabama Birding Trail

Little Rock, Arkansas

1821

I-30 and I-40 meet in Little Rock in the center of Arkansas. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS William J. Clinton Presidential Center River Market District Murry’s Dinner Playhouse Little Rock Central High School NHS Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum MacArthur Park The Old Mill Quapaw Quarter Historic Homes

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San Francisco, California

1776

Scenic entrances into San Francisco are I-80 and the Bay Bridge and U.S. 101 and the Golden Gate Bridge. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Golden Gate Park Fisherman’s Wharf Alcatraz Chinatown Coit Memorial Tower Cable Car Museum San Francisco Botanical Garden Muir Woods

Key West, Florida

1828

150 miles southwest of Miami, Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous 48 states. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Southernmost Point Monument Ernest Hemingway House & Museum Duval Street Mallory Square Harry S. Truman Little White House Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory Audubon House and Tropical Gardens

Orlando, Florida

1875

Orlando is near I-4, I-75, Florida’s Turnpike and Beachline Expressway leading to Cocoa Beach. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Walt Disney World Theme Parks Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs Universal Studios Florida Universal’s Islands of Adventure SeaWorld Orlando Orlando Museum of Art Orlando Science Center Wet ‘n Wild Orlando

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Sandy Springs, Georgia

1821

Bordering the Chattahoochee River, Sandy Springs is located at the point where I-285 and GA 400 intersect. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 Exhibit Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Chattahoochee Nature Center Heritage Sandy Springs Abernathy Greenway Park The Breman Museum Suntrust Park Atlanta History Center

Alpine Helen, Georgia

1857

Helen is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River in Northeast Georgia. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Anna Ruby Falls Babyland General Hospital – Cabbage Patch Kids Hardman Farm Nacoochee Indian Mounds Sautee Nacoochee Center Unicoi State Park Helen Arts & Heritage Council North Georgia Zoo & Farm/Wildlife Wonders

Peachtree City, Georgia

1959

Peachtree City is a 12,000-acre planned community located south of Atlanta and the Atlanta Airport. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS 90 miles of multi-use paths Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing Museum Lake McIntosh and Lake Peachtree The Fredrick Brown Jr. Amphitheater Southern Hollywood Film Tour Atlanta Motor Speedway The William L. Davis BMX Track Cochran Mill Nature Center

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Statesboro, Georgia

1803

Statesboro is in the southeast corner of Georgia on I-16, 45 minutes from the Savannah Airport. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Blind Willie McTell Trail Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern Georgia Southern Museum Wildlife Education Center and Raptor Center Meinhardt Vineyards and Winery Mill Creek Regional Park Blackwater Preserve Averitt Center for the Arts

Atlanta, Georgia

1847

At the intersection of I-20, I-75, I-85, Georgia’s largest city is home to the world’s busiest airport. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS World of Coca-Cola Center for Civil and Human Rights Centennial Olympic Park College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-Fil-A Fan Experience Georgia Aquarium Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site Piedmont Park Skyview Atlanta

Indianapolis, Indiana

1821

On the White River in Central Indiana, Indianapolis is at the meeting point of I-65, I-69, I-70 and I-74. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS White River State Park and Central Canal The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Laurel Hall Indianapolis Zoo Indianapolis Motor Speedway & Museum Soldiers & Sailors Monument/Monument Circle Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art Conner Prairie

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CLASSIC ELEGANCE

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Discover Indy’s premier event venue.

5395 Emerson Way

Indianapolis, IN 46226

317-275-3390

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Kentucky Lake, Kentucky

1944

Extending from southwest Kentucky into west Tennessee, Kentucky Lake has 2,380 miles of shore line. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Hitching Post and Old Country Store Ardsmore Museum Kenlake State Resort Park Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Patti’s 1880’s Settlement Shawnee National Forest National Quilt Museum

Lake Cumberland, KY

1952

Formed by the Wolf Creek Dam on the Cumberland River, this lake is one of the largest man-made lakes. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Burnside Island State Park Lake Cumberland State Resort Park SomerSplash Water Park Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center and Museum Children’s Botanical Garden of South Central Kentucky Daniel Boone National Forest Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Big South Fork National Recreation Area

Bowling Green, Kentucky

1798

Bowling Green is off I-65, just 60 miles north of Nashville and 110 miles south of Louisville. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS GM Corvette Assembly Plant National Corvette Museum Beech Bend Raceway Beech Bend Amusement Park and Splash Lagoon Lost River Cave Mammoth Cave National Park Historic Railpark & Train Museum South Union Shaker Village

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New Orleans, Louisiana

1718

New Orleans lies on the Mississippi River, south of Lake Pontchartrain and near the Gulf of Mexico. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS French Quarter Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Bourbon Street Jackson Square River Road and Plantations Jean Lafitte National Park Wetlands Preserve French Market National World War II Museum

Boston, Massachusetts

1630

Boston is a city on the Atlantic coast accessible by I-95, I-93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike or I-90. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Freedom Trail Faneuil Hall Beacon Hill Fenway Park USS Constitution Bunker Hill Monument Old North Church Boston Public Garden

Ridgeland, Mississippi

1855

Ridgeland is on I-55 and the Natchez Trace Parkway and near I-20 in Central Mississippi. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Natchez Trace Parkway Mississippi Craft Center Ross Barnett Reservoir Multi-Use Path of Ridgeland Old Towne/Jackson Street District Mag-Ridge BMX Park Pearl River Ridgeland Retail Trail

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Branson, Missouri

1882

Branson is in southwestern Missouri near the Arkansas border and south of Springfield. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Table Rock Lake Lake Taneycomo Silver Dollar City Dogwood Canyon Nature Park Shepherd of the Hills Branson Scenic Railway Dixie Stampede Branson Landing Branson Theatre District

Boone, North Carolina

1875

In North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains, Boone is close to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and NC194. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Grandfather Mountain Linn Cove Viaduct Blue Ridge Mountains Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park Horn in the West Linville Caverns Boone Area Wine Trail Appalachian State University

Waynesville, NC

1810

Waynesville is 26 miles southwest of Asheville between I-40 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Great Smoky Mountains National Park Blue Ridge Parkway Lake Junaluska Pigeon River Pisgah National Forest Cataloochee Ski Area Cataloochee Ranch Shook Museum at the Shook-Smathers House

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Cincinnati, Ohio

1790

On the Ohio River, Cincinnati is in the southwestern corner of Ohio accessible via I-71 and I-75. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS The Banks Entertainment District Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal National Underground Freedom Center Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Center Duke Energy Children’s Museum Kings Island Amusement Park Newport Aquarium William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Edmond, Oklahoma

1889

In the heart of Oklahoma, Edmond is north of Oklahoma City at the crossroads of I-35, I-44 and I-40. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Route 66 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Remington Park Lazy E Arena Historic Guthrie Arcadia Lake Frontier City Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Philadelphia, PA

1682

I-95 and I-76 run through Philadelphia, the latter providing easy access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Independence Hall Liberty Bell National Constitution Center The “Rocky Steps” and Rocky Statue at Philadelphia Museum of Art Museum of the American Revolution Longwood Gardens One Liberty Observation Deck Valley Forge National Historical Park

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Aiken, South Carolina

1835

Aiken is 6 miles south of I-20 and east of the Savannah River and the Georgia border. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum Aiken Trolley Silver Bluff Audubon Center & Sanctuary Edisto River Carolina Theatre Rivers Bridge State Historic Site Aiken County Historical Museum Salkehatchie Arts Center

Charleston, South Carolina 1670 At the beginning of I-26, Charleston is south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina’s Atlantic coast. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Middleton Place Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum Fort Sumter Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry South Carolina Aquarium Waterfront Battery Charleston City Market Drayton Hall

Clemson, South Carolina

1889

In South Carolina’s Upcountry near I-85, Clemson is 30 minutes from Greenville and 2 hours from both Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Lake Hartwell Clemson University Conference Center & Inn South Carolina Botanical Garden Fort Hill Plantation Hagood-Mauldin House and Hagood Mill Hanover House Hopewell Plantation Cowpens National Battlefield 24

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Myrtle Beach, SC

1901

Myrtle Beach’s 60 miles of Atlantic coastline is in northeastern South Carolina. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS The Carolina Opry Brookgreen Gardens Family Kingdom Amusement Park The Boardwalk Broadway at the Beach Barefoot Landing Ripley’s Aquarium The Ripken Experience

Edisto Beach, SC

1660

Edisto is at the end of scenic byway SC Highway 174 in southern South Carolina on the Atlantic Ocean. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve St. Helena Sound Intracoastal Waterway Edisto Beach State Park and Interpretive Center Edisto Nature Trail Botany Pay Plantation Edisto Island Serpentarium Edisto Island Museum

Rapid City, South Dakota

1876

Rapid City sits on the eastern edge of the Black Hills off I-90 in western South Dakota. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Mount Rushmore Custer State Park Badlands National Park Crazy Horse Memorial The Journey Museum & Learning Center Sylvan Lake Spearfish Canyon Devils Tower National Monument

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Big Spring, Texas

1919

The West Texas city of Big Spring is at the intersection of I-20, U.S. 87 and State Highway 350. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Comanche Trail Park and Lake Hotel Settles Moss Creek Lake Big Spring State Park Hangar 25 Air Museum Heritage Museum of Big Spring Big Spring Vietnam Memorial Comanche Trail Amphitheater

Frisco, Texas

1875

25 minutes north of Dallas, Frisco is on the Dallas North Tollway, Sam Rayburn Tollway and near I-35. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS The Star Ford Center at The Star Texas Sculpture Garden Frisco Heritage Museum Museum of the American Railroad National Videogame Museum Frisco Square Historic Downtown Frisco

Plano, Texas

1840

Plano is 20 minutes north of Dallas, near the Dallas North Tollway, State Highway 75 & 121 and I-635. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Southfork Ranch Interurban Railroad Museum Heritage Farmstead Arbor Hills Nature Reserve The Texas Pool on the Creek Art Center of Plano Historic Downtown Plano North Texas Masonic Historical Museum & Library

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A BUSINESS HAS MANY MOVING PARTS. SO DOES THE PERFECT BUSINESS DESTINATION.

With 28,000 forested acres, The Woodlands leaves you free to focus on your team and business. This singular meeting destination has over 2,200 guest rooms and 160,000 square feet of meeting and event space. With so much to do in The Woodlands, be sure to download our Meeting Planner Guide, at VisitTheWoodlands.com/MeetingPlannerGuide, so you can make the most of your meeting. It provides helpful suggestions on nearby accommodations, attractions, dining and a useful map to help you navigate your way around the town.

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McKinney, TX

1848

Located 30 miles north of Dallas in North Texas, McKinney is on the N. Central Expressway (Highway 75). NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Chestnut Square Historic Village Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary Historic Downtown McKinney Collin County Farm Museum The Heard-Craig House Adriatica Croatian Village Collin County History Museum Storybook Ranch

Bryan College Station, TX

1859

Bryan College Station is in the center of the Dallas/ Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston triangle. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Texas A&M University The Queen Theater George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Brazos Valley African American Museum Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Children’s Museum of Brazos Valley Museum of the American G.I. Wolf Pen Creek Park Amphitheater, Green Room and Plaza

Odessa, Texas

1881

Odessa is conveniently located between El Paso and Dallas on I-20, U.S. 385 and Texas Highway 191. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Odessa Meteor Crater Jamboree Jackrabbits Presidential Museum and Leadership Library Globe of the Great Southwest Stonehenge Odessa Parker House Ranching Museum Ellen Noel Art Museum White-Pool House

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THE MINUTE YOU ARRIVE, THERE’S AN INSTANT CONNECTION.

There’s something familiar about Plano. Maybe it’s that famous Texas hospitality. Or maybe there’s so much to do here, you just want to stay longer. And who could blame you? With over 5,100 hotel rooms, you have a wide variety of accommodations. We have a bustling nightlife, a fabulous restaurant scene, incredible shopping, and we’re just 20 minutes from the entertainment and dining meccas of Dallas and Fort Worth. So for your next getaway, get connected in Plano.

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The Woodlands, Texas

1974

30 minutes north of Houston off I-45, The Woodlands is a planned community that covers 28,000+ acres. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS George Mitchell Nature Preserve The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Lake Woodlands The Woodlands Waterway Waterway Square The Woodlands Children’s Museum Riva Row Boat House Town Green Park

Del Rio, Texas

1883

Del Rio is on the Texas-Mexico border, midway between Padre Island and Big Bend National Park. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Lake Amistad National Recreation Area Pecos River Laughlin Heritage Foundation Museum Whitehead Memorial Museum Seminole Canyon State Park Pecos High Bridge Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center Cuidad Acuña, Mexico

Salt Lake City, Utah

1847

I-15 intersects with I-80 in Northern Utah’s Salt Lake City near the Wasatch Mountains and Oquirrh Mountains. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Temple Square Great Salt Lake Antelope Island Natural History Museum of Utah Hogle Zoo Red Butte Garden This Is The Place Heritage Park Family History Library 30

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Family…Festivals…Fun!

Martinsburg and Berkeley County, West Virginia are just over an hours’ drive from Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland … close enough for a day or weekend trip. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, recreation, or entertainment, we have what you need. Escape to Martinsburg and Berkeley County, the heartbeat of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle!


Tacoma, Washington

1875

On the southern banks of Puget Sound, Tacoma is 18 miles south of Sea-Tac Airport and close to I-5. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Gig Harbor Harbor History Museum Point Defiance Park Museum of Glass Chihuly Bridge of Glass LeMay – America’s Car Museum Tacoma Art Museum Mt. Rainier

District of Columbia

1790

D.C. is bordered by Maryland on the northwest and east and Virginia on the south and west.

NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS National Mall Smithsonian Museums Arlington National Cemetary National Aquarium National Museum of American History George Washington’s Mount Vernon Washington National Cathedral National Museum of African Art

Beckley, West Virginia

1850

Beckley is at the crossroads of I-64 and I-77 in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine Beckley Motorsports Park Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park New River Gorge National River – Grandview The Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery Winterplace Ski Resort ACE Adventure Resort

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Huntington, West Virginia 1809 Off I-64, Huntington sits on the Ohio River at the point where West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky meet. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Blenko Glass Company Camden Park CSX Railroad Station Heritage Farm Museum & Village Heritage Station Huntington Museum of Art J Taylor Auto Collection Marshall University

Martinsburg, West Virginia 1778 In West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Martinsburg is off I-81 and near I-70, 90 miles from D.C. and Baltimore. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Staufers Marsh Nature Preserve Yaunkauer Nature Preserve Poor House Farm Park Potomac River West Virginia Glass Outlet Peacemaker National Training Center Apollo Civic Theatre Black Draft Distillery

Cheyenne, Wyoming

1867

Cheyenne lies in the southeastern corner of Wyoming at the intersection of I-25 and I-80. NEARBY LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS Ames Monument & Sherman Hill Curt Gowdy State Park Vedauwoo Recreation Area Fort Laramie National Historic Site Terry Bison Ranch Cheyenne Depot Depot Museum Big Boy Steam Engine


l. u o s h it w e c a p s g A meetin The way we see it, our best assets can’t be built. World-class facilities, excellent accommodations, a planner’s eye for detail—that’s all well and good. What makes us different? Bryan College Station is a community with heart, of Texas-sized hospitality in a place built on service. Let our trusted staff and warm community be your safety net for whatever comes up (because something always does). We’re here to serve you, BCS-style. Plan your meeting at visitaggieland.com

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Alabama Birmingham, AL Mobile & Gulf Shores, AL Alaska Arizona Phoenix, AZ Arkansas Little Rock, AR California Los Angeles, CA San Diego, CA San Francisco Bay Area Colorado Denver, CO Connecticut Delaware Florida Big Cypress & Seminole Country

Cocoa Beach & Space Coast Fort Myers & Naples, FL Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Key West & Florida Keys Miami & The Beaches Orlando, FL Panhandle & Northwest Florida Tamp, St. Pete & Clearwater Washington County Georgia Coast Georgia Savannah, GA Athens, GA Statesboro, GA Atlanta, GA Hawaii Brunswick & The Idaho Golden Isles Boise, ID Columbus, GA Illinois Chicago, IL Indiana Indianapolis, IN Iowa Kansas Kansas City, KS Kentucky Louisville, KY Louisiana New Orleans, LA New Orleans French Quarter

Louisiana Northshore Maine Maryland Baltimore, MD Havre de Grace, MD Massachusetts Boston, MA Michigan Detroit, MI Minnesota Mississippi Gulfport, Biloxi & MS Gulf Coast Mississippi Delta & Tunica Natchez, MS Missouri Branson, MO


Kansas City, MO St. Louis, MO Montana Nebraska Nevada Las Vegas, NV New Hampshire New Jersey New Jersey Coast New Mexico New York Manhattan New York City, NY North Carolina Charlotte, NC Great Smoky Mountains Nat’l Park High Country & Boone Area Mooresville, NC Outer Banks, NC Piedmont Triad

Research Triangle Wilmington & Cape Fear Coast North Dakota Ohio Cincinnati, OH Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK Tulsa, OK Oregon Portland, OR Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Rhode Island South Carolina Charleston, SC Columbia, SC Lowcountry & Hilton Head Island Myrtle Beach, SC Pee Dee Country Santee Cooper Country

Throughbred Country South Dakota Tennessee Memphis, TN Nashville, TN Ocoee, TN Smoky Mountains Texas Dallas, TX Fort Worth, TX Houston, TX San Antonio & Hill Country Utah Salt Lake City, UT Vermont

Virginia Chesapeake Bay & Eastern Shore Coastal Virginia Roanoke, VA Washington Seattle, WA Washington D.C. Downtown D.C. West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming United States of America

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Great places to visit and travel trivia for featured states.

LEGEND The icons below represent activities or accessibility options available at the locations on the next pages.

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GOLFING

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Alabama FAMOUS PEOPLE: Helen Keller Condoleezza Rice Hank Aaron Nat King Cole Emmylou Harris Coretta Scott King Carl Lewis

Chena Hot Springs Resort

FACTS:

Chena Hot Springs is world-famous for the healing mineral waters of the natural outdoor hot springs Rock Lake, beautiful Aurora Borealis displays from late August until May, renewable energy projects and the Aurora Ice Museum. Chena Hot Springs Resort is a great destination for any time of the year.

Capital: Montgomery Population: 4,822,023 Time Zone: Central Statehood: December 14, 1819 (22nd) Bird: Yellowhammer Flower: Camellia Song: “Alabama”

Chena Hot Springs Resort 17600 Chena Hot Springs Road Fairbanks, AK 99712 Resort Info: (907) 451-8104 x 2

Tree: Longleaf Pine

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Nickname: The Cotton State

The Mountain Lakes Region of Alabama

Arkansas FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Paul “Bear” Bryant Dizzy Dean Sonny Liston Conway Twitty John Grisham Johnny Cash Bill Clinton

Capital: Little Rock Population: 2,937,979 Time Zone: Central Statehood: June 15, 1836 (25th) Bird: Mockingbird Flower: Apple Blossom Nickname: The Natural State Song: “Arkansas, Oh Arkansas” Tree: Pine

Murry’s Dinner Playhouse

Since 1967, we’ve served fun, food and fabulous entertainment. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse is a unique facility that combines a great buffet dinner with professional theatre. Our live stage productions feature top-notch Broadway musicals and comedies the whole family can enjoy. Group rates are available for parties of 20 or more. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse 6323 Colonel Glenn Road Little Rock, Arkansas 72204 Tel. 501-562-3131

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Alaska

FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 738,432

Holly Madison Curt Schilling Sarah Palin Archie Van Winkle James Morrison Jewel Wyatt Earp Carlos Boozer

Capital: Juneau Time Zone: Alaska / Aleutian Statehood: January 3, 1959 (49th) Bird: Willow ptarmigan Flower: Alpine Forget-me-not Nickname: The Last Frontier Song: “Alaska’s Flag” Tree: Sitka Spruce

California FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Shirley Temple Black Leonardo DiCaprio Steve Jobs Mickey Mouse Richard M. Nixon Sally Ride Tiger Woods

Capital: Sacramento Population: 38,332,521 Time Zone: Pacific Statehood: September 9, 1850 (31st) Bird: California Valley Quail Flower: California Poppy Nickname: The Golden State Song: “I Love You, California” Tree: Coast Redwood & Giant Redwood


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Helen, Georgia

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Delaware FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Valerie Bertinelli Eleuthere Irenee du Pont de Nemours Henry Heimlich Robert Mitchum George Read Judge Reinhold Caesar Rodney

Capital: Dover Population: 907,135 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: December 7, 1787 (1st) Bird: Blue Hen Chicken Flower: Peach Blossom Nickname: The First State Song: “Our Delaware” Tree: American Holly

Florida

FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 19,893,297

Ariana Grande Ray Lewis Pat Boone Steve Carlton Frances Langford Osceola Sidney Poitier Janet Reno

Georgia FAMOUS PEOPLE: Martin Luther King, Jr. Ty Cobb Clarence Thomas Bill Elliott Ryan Seacrest Gladys Knight Julia Roberts

Capital: Tallahassee Time Zone: Eastern & Central Statehood: March 3, 1845 (27th) Bird: Northern Mockingbird Flower: Orange Blossom Nickname: The Sunshine State Song: “Florida, Where the Sawgrass...” Tree: Cabbage Palmetto

FACTS: Capital: Atlanta Population: 9,815,210 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: January 2, 1788 (4th) Bird: Brown Thrasher Flower: Cherokee Rose Nickname: Empire State of the South Song: “Georgia On My Mind” Tree: Live Oak

Sandy Springs, Georgia


Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Family. Fun. Get Closer By Getting Away.

Kentucky

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Muhammad Ali George Clooney Johnny Depp Duncan Hines Wynonna Judd Abraham Lincoln Diane Sawyer

FACTS: Capital: Frankfort Population: 4,395,295 Time Zone: Eastern & Central Statehood: June 1, 1792 (15th) Bird: Cardinal Flower: Goldenrod Nickname: The Bluegrass State Song: “My Old Kentucky Home” Tree: Tulip Tree

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Spend some quality time with those who matter most while falling in love with the outdoors. Hike a forest path or canyon trail to discover fantastic views. Paddle at sunrise, plan a picnic at sunset, then stay up late singing songs and burning marshmallows around a crackling fire. There’s something for everyone at Georgia’s geographically diverse State Parks and Historic Sites. Book your family getaway today!

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Peachtree City CVB

Peachtree City’s planned community and outstanding amenities make it the perfect choice for your next meeting or conference. With two award winning conference centers, five spectacular hotels, and just 20 minutes South of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Peachtree City can provide convenient and comfortable accommodations for all attendees! Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau 201 McIntosh Trail Peachtree City, GA 30269 Office: 678-216-0282

www.visitpeachtreecity.com Statesboro CVB

The amenities of a major convention venue, the hospitality of a gracious southern town, Statesboro was built for groups – for business, for gatherings. Home to Georgia Southern University, Statesboro has 1,200 hotel rooms, 200+ dining options, elegant ballrooms and meeting spots plus attractions hosting thousands of visitors each year. Statesboro CVB 222 South Main Street Statesboro, GA 30458 Tel. 800.568.3301 or 912.489.1869

www.visitstatesboroga.com

Welcome to Lake Cumberland — USA Today and 10Best.com’s fourth best recreational lake in the U.S. Enjoy a variety of lodging options, our summer car cruise and music festivals, a round of golf, boating or some of the best fishing in the state. Somerset-Pulaski County Convention & Visitors Bureau 522 Ogden Street Somerset, KY 42501 1-800-642-6287

lakecumberlandtourism.com

Kentucky’s Western Waterland


Bowling Green CVB

Rev up the crew in the Home of Corvette! Located one hour north of Nashville with direct flights from Atlanta, visitors love the National Corvette Museum, Lost River Cave, Corsair Distillery, the Downing Museum at Baker Arboretum, and nearby Mammoth Cave National Park. We’re geared for fun! Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 352 Three Springs Road Bowling Green, KY 42104 800-326-7465

www.visitbgky.com

Maine FAMOUS PEOPLE: Judd Nelson Linda Lavin Patrick Dempsey Nelson Rockefeller Stephen King Elijah Lovejoy Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

FACTS: Capital: Augusta Population: 1,330,089 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: March 15, 1820 (23rd) Bird: Chickadee Flower: White Pine Cone & Tassel Nickname: The Pine Tree State Song: “State Song of Maine”

Missouri FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE:

George Washington Carver Calamity Jane Maya Angelou Langston Hughes Mark Twain Eminem Harry S. Truman Jon Hamm

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Barbara Mikulski Reginald F. Lewis Harriet Tubman Frederick Douglass Michael Phelps Julie Bowen John Wilkes Booth Nora Roberts

Capital: Annapolis

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Michelle Williams Evel Knievel Gary Cooper Patrick Duffy Myrna Loy Dana Carvey Phil Jackson

Statehood: April 28, 1788 (7th) Bird: Baltimore Oriole Flower: Black-eyed Susan Nickname: Old Line State Song: “Maryland My Maryland” Tree: White Oak

Mississippi FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Elvis Presley Oprah Winfrey Faith Hill James Earl Jones Brett Favre Jimmy Buffett B.B. King

Capital: Jackson Population: 2,978,512 Time Zone: Central Statehood: December 10, 1817 (20th) Bird: Mockingbird Flower: Magnolia Nickname: The Magnolia State Song: “Go Mis-sis-sip-pi” Tree: Magnolia

Time Zone: Central Statehood: August 10, 1821 (24th) Bird: Bluebird Flower: Hawthorn Nickname: The Show Me State Song: “Missouri Waltz” Tree: Dogwood

Capital: Helena Population: 1,023,579 Time Zone: Mountain Statehood: November 8, 1889 (41st) Bird: Meadowlark Flower: Bitterroot Nickname: Big Sky Country Song: “Montana Melody” Tree: Pine

Nebraska FACTS:

Capital: Lincoln

Population: 5,976,407 Time Zone: Eastern

Population: 6,063,589

Montana FACTS:

Tree: White Pine

Maryland FACTS:

Capital: Jefferson City

Population: 1,896,190

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Time Zone: Central & Mountain

Gabrielle Union Malcom X Larry the Cable Guy Warren Buffet Swoosie Kurtz Marlon Brando

Statehood: March 1, 1867 (37th)

Nevada

FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Pat Nixon Julia Mancuso Harry Reid Sarah Winnemucca Andre Agassi Jenna Jameson Rutina Wesley

Bird: Western Meadowlark Flower: Goldenrod Nickname: Cornhusker State Song: “Beautiful Nebraska” Tree: Cottonwood

Capital: Carson City Population: 2,839,099 Time Zone: Pacific & Mountain Statehood: October 31, 1864 (36th) Bird: Bluebird Flower: Sagebrush Nickname: Silver State Song: “Home Means Nevada” Tree: Pine


FACTS: New Hampshire

Haywood County, North Carolina

Located where the Blue Ridge meets the Smokies, Haywood County is the perfect place for outdoor adventure in the North Carolina Smokies. Whether you want to hike, ski, or explore the local art shops and craft breweries, a stay here stays with you.

Capital: Concord Population: 1,326,813

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Time Zone: Eastern

Horace Greeley John Irving H.H. Holmes Seth Meyers Kelly Ayotte Mandy Moore

Statehood: June 21, 1788 (9th)

New Mexico

FACTS:

Neil Patrick Harris Demo Lovato Jeff Bezos Demi Moore Dolores Huerta Rudolfo A. Anaya

Statehood: January 6, 1912 (47th)

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Bird: Purple Finch Flower: Purple Lilac Song: “Old New Hampshire”

Adam Sandler Al Capone Michael Jordan J. Robert Oppenheimer Tom Cruise Thedore Roosevelt Jimmy Fallon Jane Fonda

Capital: Santa Fe Population: 2,085,572 Time Zone: Mountain Bird: Roadrunner Flower: Yucca Flower Nickname: Land of Enchantment Song: “O, Fair New Mexico” Tree: Piñon Pine

Capital: Albany Population: 19,746,227 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: July 26, 1788 (11th) Bird: Eastern Bluebird Flower: Rose Nickname: The Empire State Song: “I Love New York” Tree: Sugar Maple

North FACTS: Carolina

Capital: Raleigh

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Billy Graham Scotty McCreery Dolley Madison Meadowlark Lemon Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

www.VisitNCSmokies.com

Tree: American White Birch

New York FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Official Haywood County Visitor Center 1110 Soco Road Maggie Valley, NC 28751

Nickname: The Granite State

Population: 9,752,073 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: November 21, 1789 (12th) Bird: Cardinal Flower: Dogwood Nickname: The Tarheel State Song: “The Old North State” Tree: Pine

Ohio FAMOUS PEOPLE: John Legend Maya Lin Russell Wilson Thomas Edison Edwin Stanton John Glenn Art Tatum Roy Rogers

FACTS: Capital: Columbus Population: 11,594,163 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: March 1, 1803 (17th) Bird: Cardinal Flower: Scarlet Carnation Nickname: The Buckeye State Song: “Beautiful Ohio” Tree: Buckeye

Oklahoma FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Ron Howard Brad Pitt Carrie Underwood Reba McEntire Chuck Norris Blake Shelton Dr. Phil McGraw

Capital: Oklahoma City Population: 3,850,568 Time Zone: Central Statehood: November 16, 1907 (46th) Bird: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Flower: Mistletoe Nickname: The Sooner State Song: “Oklahoma” Tree: Redbud

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has completed a $10 million renovation, including hundreds of new artifacts and oral histories, 35 new interactive stations, and neverbefore-seen key pieces of evidence. Experience the journey first-hand. 620 N Harvey Ave – Oklahoma City, Ok

OklahomaCityNationalMemorial.org


Edmond, Oklahoma

Rhode Island

FACTS:

Meredith Vieira Cormac McCarthy Jack Reed Matthew C. Perry H.P. Lovecraft

Statehood: May 29, 1790 (13th)

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Capital: Providence Population: 1,055,173 Time Zone: Eastern Bird: Rhode Island Red Flower: Voilet Nickname: The Ocean State Song: “Rhode Island It’s For Me” Tree: Red Maple

South FACTS: Carolina

Capital: Columbia Population: 4,679,230

Oregon

FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 3,970,239

Chief Joseph Douglas C. Engelbart Cathy McMorris Rodgers Ashton Eaton Matt Groening Tonya Harding James Beard

Time Zone: Pacific & Mountain

Capital: Salem

Statehood: February 14, 1859 (33rd) Bird: Meadowlark Flower: Oregon Grape Nickname: Beaver State Song: “Oregon, My Oregon” Tree: Douglas Fir

Pennslyvania FAMOUS PEOPLE:

FACTS:

Taylor Swift Will Smith Kevin Hart Pink Kobe Bryant Amanda Seyfried Tina Fey

Capital: Harrisburg Population: 12,802,503 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: December 12, 1787 (2nd) Bird: Ruffed Grouse Flower: Mountain-laurel

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Time Zone: Eastern

Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion Andrew Jackson Joe Frazier Dizzy Gillespie Vanna White

Statehood: May 23, 1788 (8th) Bird: Great Carolina Wren Flower: Yellow Jessamine Nickname: The Palmetto State Song: “Carolina” Tree: Palmetto

SC Lowcountry & Resort Islands, North Carolina


Clemson University Conference Center & Inn

Clemson University’s hotel and golf course is open to the public with beautiful accommodations, great food and challenging golf. Adjacent to the S.C. Botanical Gardens and the only lakeside hotel and restaurant/bar in Clemson. Visit our website for more information.

Thoroughbred Country, South Carolina

Tel. 888-654-9020 (toll free) Fax 864-656-7154 Sharon Franks, Inn GM Brent Jessup, PGA Golf Pro www.facebook.com/ClemsonUniversityInn jfminn@clemson.edu

www.clemsonuniversityinn.com

Middleton Place, SC

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America”. Walk the gardens that Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress, stewarded. (800) 782-3608 4300 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

www.middletonplace.org

Upcountry South Carolina

Discover majestic waterfalls, pristine lakes, and breathtaking mountain vistas in South Carolina’s Upcountry. Explore quaint small towns to browse the antique & specialty shops, then seek out the best barbecue or southern fare! For more on this area, call 1-800-849-4766 or visit www.UpcountrySC.com 800-849-4766 for free travel guide. P. O. Box 3116 Greenville, SC 29602 Tel. 1.800.849.4766 visit@UpcountrySC.com Perfectly Seasoned

UpcountrySC.com

The Carolina Opry

The award-winning show blends two hours of high-energy music, comedy and dance in a luxurious theater with stateof-the-art lighting, sound and special effects! Highly acclaimed by The New York Times and USA Today and named “Top Attraction in Myrtle Beach” by CNBC. Greeting groups for over 30 years! Group Sales and Vacation Packaging Tel. 800-633-1508 Gsales@cgp.net 8901 North Kings Highway Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

TheCarolinaOpry.com/Groups

South Dakota

FACTS:

Sitting Bull John Thune Hubert H. Humphrey Tom Brokaw January Jones Sparky Anderson

Statehood: November 2, 1889 (40th)

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Capital: Pierre Population: 853,175 Time Zone: Central & Mountain Bird: Ring-necked Pheasant Flower: Pasque Flower Nickname: The Mount Rushmore State Song: “Hail, South Dakota” Tree: Black Hills Spruce

Tennessee FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Davy Crockett Dolly Parton Aretha Franklin Morgan Freeman Kenny Chesney George Hamilton Greg Allman

Capital: Nashville Population: 6,403,353 Time Zone: Eastern & Central Statehood: June 6, 1796 (16th) Bird: Mockingbird Flower: Iris Nickname: The Volunteer State Song: “The Tennessee Waltz” Tree: Tulip Poplar


Texas

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Lyndon Johnson Alvin Ailey Carol Burnett Gene Roddenberry Dwight Eisenhower Jessica Simpson Sandra Day O’Connor

Del Rio, Texas

FACTS:

Explore Del Rio “ The Oasis of Texas” Amistad National Recreation Area Ancient Indian Rock Art Oldest Bonded Winery Bird Watching Whitehead Memorial Museum Burial Site of Judge Roy Bean

Capital: Austin Population: 25,674,256 Time Zone: Central & Mountain Statehood: December 29, 1845 (28th) Bird: Mockingbird Flower: Bluebonnet

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Nickname: The Lone Star State

www.drchamber.com

Song: “Texas, Our Texas” Tree: Pecan

Big Spring, Texas

Big Sky. Big Heart. Big Spring. As a midpoint in West Texas, Big Spring delivers a mixture of yesterday, today and tomorrow that welcomes the native and the newcomer alike. The towering centerpiece of Big Spring is the historic Hotel Settles. Now fully restored, the property features 15,000 square feet of meeting space accommodating groups from 14 to 300+. 113 East 3rd Street Big Spring, TX 79720 Tel. 432.263.8235 Fax 432.264.7431

Visitbigspring.com

Odessa, Texas

Utah FAMOUS PEOPLE: Marie Osmond Roseanne Barr J. Willard Marriott Butch Cassidy Laraine Day Jewel James Woods Wallace Henry Thurman

FACTS: Capital: Salt Lake City Population: 2,949,902 Time Zone: Mountain Statehood: January 4, 1896 (45th) Bird: American Gull Flower: Sego Lily Nickname: Beehive State Song: “Utah, We Love Thee” Tree: Quaking Aspen

Vermont FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Capital: Montpelier Population: 626,562

Chester A. Arthur Ted Bundy Jody Williams Grace Anna Coolidge Calvin Coolidge

Time Zone: Eastern

Hannah Teter Alexander Lucius Twilight

Nickname: The Green Mountain State

Statehood: March 4, 1791 (14th) Bird: Hermit Thrush Flower: Red Clover Song: “Hail, Vermont” Tree: Sugar Maple

Broadway

& everything in between.

432-333-7871 | OdessaCVB.com

Virginia

FACTS:

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 8,326,289

Pharrell Williams Booker T. Washington George Washington Woodrow Wilson Thomas Jefferson Mildred Loving Shirley MacLaine

Time Zone: Eastern

Patsy Cline

Tree: Dogwood

Capital: Richmond

Statehood: June 25, 1788 (10th) Bird: Cardinal Flower: American Dogwood Nickname: Mother of States Song: “Carry Me Back to Old Virginia”


Washington FACTS:

ACE Adventure Resort

A 1,500-acre mountain getaway with a lake filled with inflatable water toys, all bordering a 75,000-acre National Park territory. Let ACE guide you to, and through, America’s best whitewater on the New and Gauley rivers. Activities from zip-lining to paintball.

Capital: Olympia

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Population: 7,170,351

Bill Gates Kurt Cobain Taraji Henson Jimi Hendrix Adam West Bob Barker Hope Solo

Time Zone: Pacific Statehood: November 11, 1889(42nd) Bird: American Goldfinch Flower: Rhododendron Nickname: The Evergreen State

Tel. 800-787-3982

Song: “Washington, My Home”

www.AceRaft.com

Tree: Western Hemlock

West Virginia

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Brad Paisley Mary Lou Retton Don Knotts Charles Yeager Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

FACTS: Capital: Charleston Population: 1,855,364 Time Zone: Eastern Statehood: June 20, 1863 (35th) Bird: Cardinal Flower: Great Laurel Nickname: The Mountain State Song: “The West Virginia Hills”

Wisconsin FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE: Laura Ingalls Wilder Mark Ruffalo William Rehnquist Paul Ryan Gene Wilder Orson Welles Chris Farley

Where Heritage Comes Alive! Explore the wild, wonderful historical Hatfield and McCoy Feud. Re-live the actual locations, museums, and a “Stolen-Pig” dinner of America’s Greatest Feud. Experience Marshall University’s “Ashes to Glory” saga of how the greatest sports tragedy in history became National Champions. Take a VIP tour of the finest glass-making in the world. Heritage Station - 210 11th Street Huntington, WV 25701 Tel. 304.525.7333

www.wvvisit.com Beckley-Raleigh County CVB

Located in the heart of Southern West Virginia, Raleigh County is home to authentic Mountain State adventure. World class ATV trails, hiking and biking trails, ziplines, boating, championship golf and Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. It’s all here and it’s all steeped in southern charm and hospitality. Beckley-Raleigh County Convention & Visitors Bureau

www.RaleighCountyEvents.com 866-948-9080

Population: 5,757,564 Time Zone: Central Statehood: May 29, 1848 (30th) Bird: Robin Flower: Wood Violet Nickname: Badger State Song: “On Wisconsin” Tree: Sugar Maple

Tree: Sugar Maple

Cabell-Huntington CVB

Capital: Madison

Wyoming FACTS: FAMOUS PEOPLE:

Capital: Cheyenne Population: 584,153

Jackson Pollock Vernon J. Baker Jim J. Bullock John Colter Velma Linford

Time Zone: Mountain

Chief Washakie James G. Watt

Nickname: Equality State

Statehood: July 10, 1890 (44th) Bird: Meadowlark Flower: Indian Paintbrush Song: “Wyoming” Tree: Plains Cottonwood

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