EXPLORE GROUP TRAVEL SUPPLIERS IN THE WEST
WHAT TO DO
The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens
- 1151 Oxford Rd.San Marino, CA 91108
- Jane Sandmeier
A collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington, Huntington Library, Arts Collections and Botanical Gardens is located in San Marino, California and is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the nation. The library features a collection of rare books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps and other materials in the fields of British and American history and literature. In 2016, the library even launched a crowdsourcing project to transcribe and decipher a collection of Civil War telegrams between Abraham Lincoln, his cabinet and officers of the Union Army.
Outlets at Tejon
- 5701 Outlets at Tejon Pkwy. Tejon Ranch , CA 93203
- Rebecca Swiggum
Less than two hours north of LAX, this is an outlet shopping haven for name-brand lovers. Shop brands like Banana Republic, Adidas, Disney and many more. The Outlets at Tejon feature convenient bus parking, ample restroom facilities, an integrated food court and plenty of nearby sit-down restaurants. The center offers your tour guests a free VIP coupon booklet, tote bag and daily sales from select retailers. Ask about perks for the driver and group leader with advance bookings.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
- 1 Tram Way Palm Springs, CA 92262
- Gabriele Madison
The world’s largest rotating tram car, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway transports groups to the pristine wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park through a two-and-one-half-mile ride along the cliffs of Chino Canyon. Riders gaze upon spectacular views of the valley below. When approaching Mountain Station, guests can dine at either of the station’s two restaurants, take a leisurely guided nature walk or check out the natural history museum.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
- 40 Presidential Drive Simi Valley, CA 93065
- Melanie Salvesen
At this must-see attraction in Southern California, groups can step aboard the same Air Force One that flew President Reagan over 660,000 miles, see an exact replica of the Oval Office, Reagan’s memoirs and a tribute to First Lady Nancy Reagan. The museum has hundreds of artifacts and dozens of interactive displays for visitors of all ages to explore; 18 galleries pay tribute to America’s 40th president and his accomplishments.
The Mob Museum
- 300 Stewart Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89101
- Sabine von Henning
Located in downtown Las Vegas, this museum offers a provocative look at the battle between organized crime and the law through high-tech theater presentations, hundreds of one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive exhibits, The Mob Museum invites guests to partake in private guided tours, audio tours, scavenger hunts and Mob Mystery games. New exhibits at the museum include a hands-on Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, an interactive Crime Today exhibit, and a working speakeasy and distillery.
WHERE TO GO
- 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA 91768
- Yesenia Alegria
This nearly 500-acre campus, located just an hour east of Los Angeles, captivates tourists and locals through arts and entertainment, agriculture and education. Visit the NHRA Motorsports Museum and experience the nearly 100-foot-long Union Pacific Centennial diesel-powered locomotive at the RailGiants Train Museum. Watch up to 23 different model trains run on 10,000 feet of operating track at the Fairplex Garden Railroad. Fairplex is the site of the LA County Fair.
- 844 Sundial Bridge Drive Redding, CA 96001
- Jennifer Fontana
Picturesque Redding serves as a Northern California outdoor playground for groups. National and state parks as well as educational and historic sites surround the sunniest city in California. Informative guided tours take groups from caves and volcanoes to lakes and waterfalls. More than two dozen attractions and sightseeing options are available, including the iconic Sundial Bridge. With more than 300 restaurants catering to all tastes and 22 group-friendly accommodations, Redding is effortless to book.
- 1608 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
- Nick Leonti
Sacramento is buzzing with possibilities for group tours and has become a hotspot for history, culture and culinary delights. Enjoy the charming architecture of the Old Sacramento Waterfront, admire masterpieces at the Crocker Art Museum and learn about Golden State history in Capitol Park. Younger visitors will enjoy Fairytale Town, where children can explore oversized playsets based on Mother Goose and Peter Rabbit. Sacramento is also known as “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” thanks to its proximity to farmland that produces amazing seasonal flavors.
Visit Tillamook Coast
- 4506 Third St. Tillamook, OR 97141
- Nan Devlin
An ideal small-group destination for outdoor recreation, culinary and agritourism, and cultural heritage, Oregon’s Tillamook Coast is rich with sandy beaches, rivers, bays, farmland and forests, with ample opportunities for fishing, hiking, kayaking, birdwatching, scenic views and performing arts. Restaurants feature fresh and local foods, and groups have the option of reserving private guides for dairy tours, beer and wine tours, fishing charters and hikes. The region’s Oregon Scenic Byway guides groups from Banks, Oregon through Tillamook Forest, past Tillamook’s iconic dairy farms and ending with stunning Pacific Coast views from Cape Meares Lighthouse.
Travel Tacoma + Pierce County
- 1516 Commerce St. Tacoma, WA 98402
- Lisa Barker
Groups won’t run out of things to do in Tacoma and Pierce County, Washington, a region lying on the banks of Puget Sound with unique communities throughout. Tacoma has an unparalleled glass-art scene, while Sumner is known for its rhubarb pie and Puyallup for its antique shops. A rich maritime culture can be found in Gig Harbor, and majestic gardens depict the essence of Lakewood. Downtown Tacoma has six major museums.
STATES OF THE WEST – SUMMARIES
Prepare for Adventure as You Venture Westward
LOS ANGELES—OUE Skyspace LA (California’s tallest open-air observation attraction) just debuted its new full-service bar. Hyper-locally sourced beers, hand-crafted cocktails and creatively-prepared bites nod at the city’s cosmopolitan landscape in view from the space’s 360-degree observation deck.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans to complete the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in the heart of Los Angeles in 2019. Designed by legendary Italian architect Renzo Piano, the six-story structure will contain galleries, exhibition space and movie theaters that chronicle film history.
Los Angeles will welcome the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which will consist of about 10,000 paintings and illustrations from George Lucas’ personal collection, including works by Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and Robert Crumb in addition to Hollywood memorabilia from films such as Star Wars and The Ten Commandments. The planned 275,000-square-foot museum will be located in downtown LA’s Exposition Park.
SAN DIEGO—The San Diego Zoo (one of the most acclaimed zoological parks in the world) has begun construction on its new $69 million children’s zoo. More than 100 species will reside in the new area, and groups will be able to venture through four ecosystems that inspire creativity, exploration and empathy for nature through play.
SeaWorld San Diego’s new roller coaster, Electric Eel, opened in May 2018 and is San Diego’s tallest, fastest roller coaster. The triple-launch experience thrusts riders forward and backward, accelerating to more than 60 mph and rocketing skyward nearly 150 feet while offering an upside-down view of Mission Bay. Riders and non-riders can also learn about the elusive eel through an interactive game and by checking out an exhibit with California moray eels.
SAN FRANCISCO—Salesforce Tower, America’s second-tallest building west of the Mississippi, has opened its observation deck to the public. Guests can admire stunning 360-degree Bay Area views from the 61st floor and see the building’s nine-story rooftop LED art installation.
LAS VEGAS—“Britney: Domination,” Britney Spears’ new Las Vegas residency, will run for select dates from February to August 2019 at Park MGM’s Park Theater. The show is expected to be a tech-heavy visual spectacle that showcases Spear’s many top 40 hits.
Also coming in 2019 is Kind Heaven in the Linq Promenade. Described as a “journey of transformation,” this virtual reality train ride will create an immersive environment of sights, sounds and tastes inspired by the culture of Southeast Asia. The 100,000-square-foot attraction will use holographic special effects to create lush forest environments and a sanctuary inspired by the temples of Nepal.
Las Vegas Ballpark, the new home of the AAA Las Vegas 51s, will debut for its first season in spring 2019. In addition to thrilling baseball action, the complex will feature a wide range of seating options such as suites, party zones and decks and will include a kids zone, bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall. Esports fans can spend time in the new Esports Arena Las Vegas, a 30,000-square-foot multilevel arena partnered with the Luxor Resort & Casino. The complex features a competition stage, 50-foot LED video wall, console gaming stations and virtual reality platforms. A free section of retro games such as Pac-Man and Street Fighter are available to play, and gamer-friendly portable food is available from award-winning chef José Andrés.
PORTLAND—The city is currently constructing the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, a 600-room, LEED-certified project anticipated to open in late 2019. The complex will be a short walk from shopping and dining in the Lloyd neighborhood and professional sporting events at the Rose Quarter.
Groups interested in a DIY agritourism adventure can explore the new North Shore Food Trail, which showcases 60 visitor-ready farms, fisheries and breweries in northwest Oregon. Meet the cows that supply dairy for Oregon-made cheese, learn to forage for mushrooms, pluck fresh Dungeness crab from the ocean or sample a local craft brew.
BEND—Riff Cold Brewed Coffee will open the world’s first taproom dedicated to cold-brew coffee. Riff’s innovative 18-tap-tower pouring system will serve a wide variety of cold-brew variations, including nitro, sparkling, cold-brew cocktails and culinary collaborations with other craft beverage companies.
SEATTLE—The Museum of Flight will host key Space Race artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution to honor the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Seattle is the last stop on the four-city, two-year tour for Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission from April 13, 2019 through September 2, 2019. Seattle will be the host on the actual 50th anniversary date: July 20, 2019. The museum is also introducing Apollo: The Exhibit, which will display the long-lost rocket engines of the Saturn V moon rockets that sat at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 43 years. The exhibit will also feature artifacts such as moon rocks, a Viking Mars lander and the first Apollo command module.
TACOMA—The new Pacific Seas aquarium at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium showcases underwater species from the Pacific Ocean. Environments include Baja Bay (a 280,000-gallon exhibit that houses hammerhead sharks, rays and sea turtles), the Tidal Touch Zone (a tactile area highlighting species native to Puget Sound) and Coastal Kelp Forest (which replicates the kelp forests of Southern California).