Group Travel Planning: Choosing Your Destination

You’re on a roll now! You have a solid purpose for traveling with your group and know exactly when you want to go; now you need to pinpoint WHERE you want to go!

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Choose Your Destination
It’s easy to fall into the routine of “going where you know” when traveling. It’s comfortable, familiar and, well, routine. The point of traveling, however, is to break out of your comfort zone and experience something new, unique and exciting! Inhabit a different culture, make new friends, sample regional cuisine or take in the sights of an exotic location. So where do you start when searching for a new destination for your group?

Simple! Your purpose for traveling will help you choose the perfect destination for your group. Consider the following examples…

MA, Boston, welcome1

If you are a history teacher planning your own student trip, there’s no better living history lesson than a trip to Boston, a stunning city in which the past co-exists beautifully with the present. In addition to the already well-known Freedom Trail tour, where you are escorted by 18th –century costumed actor-historian guides to some of the most famous historic sites of Boston, you can also take advantage of specialty tours; The Pirates & Patriots Tour, The African-American Patriots Tour, The Revolutionary Women Tour and the new after dark Lantern Tour, to name a few.


Philadelphia has so much to see and do, you may need to stay an extra day! Take a self-guided stroll through the home of the iconic symbol of American independence (the Liberty Bell) followed by a guided tour of Independence Hall. Visit the National Constitution Center or Congress Hall and stand where the foundations of America began. Tour Franklin Court (the site of Benjamin Franklin’s home) or the Franklin Institute for a glimpse of scientific genius. Don’t forget to pick a favorite cheesesteak- Geno’s or Pat’s!

New York City, NY, Manhattan Concert Productions

As a music director, your plans may include a dazzling, once-in-a-lifetime performance at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City. Manhattan Concert Productions is unparalleled in providing first rate performance opportunities in New York City. The quality and diversity of MCP is second to none and a great option for bands, orchestras and choral groups.

NYC, NY, Behind the Magic

If you want to take in the fabulous Aladdin or Lion King Disney shows on Broadway, you can jump on a behind the scenes tour with your group as part of the Behind the Magic Theatre Tour.


OrlandoFest allows your students to showcase their talents in a high-energy environment. Ensembles may choose either a non-competitive or competitive music festival performance or a customized workshop. All options are open to bands, orchestras, choirs, dance groups and more and are coupled with the fun and excitement of an admission into Universal Orlando Resort.™


Maybe you are spearheading a trip with your church group (like my less than successful trek to Cape May!) or planning a family reunion. A great destination like Branson or Pigeon Forge could be a perfect fit. Both are in stunningly beautiful locations and offer family friendly activities and wholesome fun.
Fritz’s Adventure is a new and dynamic family attraction in Branson that brings the excitement and challenges of outdoor adventure into a multi-dimensional indoor environment. The Track Family Fun Parks allows you to enjoy classic go-karts for all ages, laser tag, bumper boats/cars, kids’ rides, the high-speed sprint track, the 100-foot-tall skycoaster, mini golf, batting cages, arcades, and more at 4 Branson locations.

Titanic Museum - Branson
Visit the world’s largest Titanic Museum attraction for an interactive visit aboard the ill-fated voyage or a group dining experience like no other in the “Secret Dining Room.”

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was voted America’s #1 Aquarium by TripAdvisor and Top Destination to see penguins by USA Today Travel!
There’s so much to see and do in both destinations- the possibilities for your church or family group travel planning are endless!


There are so many options when choosing a destination for your group travel! If you need a little help connecting the needs of YOUR group (homeschool, sports, drama, STEAM, etc.) to the right spot, check out Group Travel Odyssey to browse dynamic places and attractions guaranteed to help break you out of your travel comfort zone! GTO helps streamline and simplify the process of group travel planning directly online. If you need more than just a little help, GTO can connect you with a full-service group travel planner as well.

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