The 1950s and ’60s were turbulent times in America as the civil rights movement swung into full gear. Memories of that era are enshrined in tour-worthy attractions across the 12 Travel South states, and Associate Publisher Dave Bodle singles out the most important places in “Exploring America’s Civil Rights Sites,” a prominent feature in the April 2015 issue of Leisure Group Travel magazine.

In Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and all across the Carolinas and Deep South, groups will find museums, monuments, historic houses and churches connected to the struggle for racial equality. They included the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Little Rock’s Central High School National Historic Site and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta.

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Our Midwest destination coverage also takes a historical slant as Managing Editor Randy Mink looks at “Minnesota’s Storied Past.” He highlights sites across the state, from opulent mansions and state-of-the-art museums to childhood homes of famous people like Charles Lindbergh and Judy Garland. Also in the region, staff writer Lauren Reiniger’s feature on Kansas City focuses entirely on the one in Kansas.

In the West, Leisure Group Travel spotlights two iconic places—San Francisco and Yellowstone National Park. The Northeast is represented in Dave Bodle’s feature on Philadelphia museums and their upcoming exhibitions.

Internationally, the April issue focuses on Latin America. Lance Harrell, Leisure Group Travel’s director of online media, reports on four sparkling properties that would be ideal for small groups in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, mainland Chile and isolated Easter Island.

Marty Sarbey de Souto devotes her “On Tour” column to the trend in travel programs that incorporate educational content. How about a private visit to European Union headquarters in Brussels or afternoon tea with a college dean at Oxford University? And a learning theme is found in more and more family vacation packages, writes guest columnist Nancy Schretter, an expert on family travel.

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