The cover story, “Best of Wyoming,” focuses on scenery and outdoor activities at Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, two of America’s most treasured wilderness reserves.

Another iconic location in the West, California’s Napa Valley, overflows with opportunities for wine tasting and fine dining, plus soft adventure activities like biking and hot air ballooning, writes travel industry veteran John Kloster. For groups hoping to strike it rich in the casino, tour operator/travel writer Sue Arko describes the joys of Laughlin, a fun-filled oasis in the Nevada desert.

The feature on Minnesota’s Great River Road by Leisure Group Travel managing editor Randy Mink covers sights from the source of the Mississippi at Lake Itasca in the north to the Twin Cities metro area to scenic bluff country around Red Wing, Wabasha and Winona. The National Scenic Byway celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, a perfect time for groups to chart a path following America’s most storied river. “Wild West Kansas,” our other Midwest story, spotlights places that preserve Native American heritage and the spirit of early pioneers who settled America’s frontier.

Our annual April feature on New York’s theater scene is a question-and-answer session with’s Stephanie Lee, who talks about the rash of new musicals awaiting groups this spring and summer. Also in the Northeast, group leaders get ideas on what to see and do in Williamsport and other towns in North Central Pennsylvania’s Lycoming County, the old stomping grounds of the article’s author, associate publisher Dave Bodle. Dave’s “Experiential Tourism, Southern-Style” looks at hands-on opportunities that will enhance tour itineraries in 11 states. Examples range from furniture-making in North Carolina to kayaking on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Getting tour members involved also is the theme of Marty Sarbey de Souto’s “On Tour” column, which has some tips on keeping clients engaged by interacting with locals and letting them do as well as observe. Publisher Jeff  Gayduk’s column “How To Be More Social” talks about the importance of using Facebook and other social media in marketing your tours. In the “On the Record” column, readers chime in with their experiences using social media. International coverage in the April issue includes Central America and the Middle East.

A survey of ancient Mayan archaeological sites takes readers to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador. A report from Jordan mentions the many locations with biblical ties, suggesting that travel planners keep the country on their radar for Holy Land itineraries aimed at religious groups.