April 2014 Magazine Features

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In “On Location: South,” associate publisher Dave Bodle scours the Southern states for filming locations of popular movies and TV shows, pointing out tours and attractions that offer a taste of Hollywood in Dixie. U.S. Tours, for example, offers trips centered around Monroe/West Monroe, La., home to the Robertson family of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. Or connect with the movies Lincoln in Virginia, Gone with the Wind in Georgia and The Help in Mississippi.

“Top Theatre Picks” highlights nearly 20 group-friendly theaters around the country, with fare ranging from Broadway musicals to Shakespeare to medieval-style jousting. Included are some of the most venerable dinner theaters, such as Circa ’21 in Rock Island, Ill.; The Fireside in Fort Atkinson, Wis.; and The Barn in Greensboro, N.C.

Great theaters in Minnesota grab the spotlight in our Minnesota section, which also includes coverage of the state’s most iconic sights and top annual events. Midwest coverage also includes “Kansas Roadside Attractions” and “Bulbs and Brews,” a feature on Holland and Grand Rapids, Michigan. An interview with Peggy Bitzer, retiring director of Circle Wisconsin, provides insight into her nearly 30 years with the organization.

Reporting on destinations in the Northeast, managing editor Randy Mink showcases the highlights of Pittsburgh and the Niagara Falls-Buffalo area. In the West, publisher Jeff Gayduk writes about the pleasures of southernmost Nevada in “Leisurely Laughlin,” while Dave Bodle takes readers on a tour of downtown Los Angeles and writer Sue Arko focuses on three Wyoming cities that start with “C”—Cheyenne, Casper and Cody.

Rounding out the April issue of Leisure Group Travel are Marty Sarbey de Souto’s “Latin America Trip Tips” and a look at multigenerational celebration vacations by family travel expert Nancy Schretter.