Our April Issue uncovers history while highlighting top festivals

The April edition of Leisure Group Travel celebrates joyous events as we spotlight a multitude of festivals across the country.

April 2023 Issue

Historical Travel with Festival Fun

Spring has sprung and with the changing of the seasons comes the onset of festival season.

The April edition of Leisure Group Travel celebrates these joyous events as we spotlight a multitude of festivals across the country. From a frog fest in Louisiana to a sand sculpting classic in New Hampshire, LGT profiles a variety of fests that will appeal to groups of all ages.

April is also the History and Heritage month for LGT, and we embrace our nation’s annals by exploring 10 destinations every history buff should visit. We spotlight classic American attractions including the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and Alcatraz prison in San Francisco.

LGT also interviews tour operators from coast to coast and discovers how they are traversing the challenges of hosting tours in a recovering world. While travel has increased dramatically since 2020, the tourism infrastructure is struggling to keep up. Find out how operators are succeeding in the face of adversity.

Along with this month’s issue are the 2023 Virginia Group Tour Guide and the 2023 Illinois Group Tour Planner. Both guides feature eye-catching covers and the insides are equally sublime. We offer in-depth stories on Virginia’s finest botanical gardens, dinner theaters, outdoor attractions and incredible cuisine along with fresh itineraries on hotbeds like Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Staunton. Not to be outdone, LGT profiles Illinois’ historic ethnic neighborhoods, the Illinois Makers who make the state tick and the Land of Lincoln’s most opulent theaters. We even cover the state with itineraries that touch every corner of Illinois, from Rockford in the north to Carbondale in the south.

April Leisure Group Travel

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Features & Destinations

Join LGT on a trip across the country as we explore a number of group-friendly attractions and destinations.

Columns & Features

Five Tips for Communicating History Effectively
Five Tips for Communicating History Effectively

by Mitch Bach

U.S. Capitol Building
History is High on My List

By Dave Bodle


As Tourism Rebounds, Challenges Still Remain
As Tourism Rebounds, Challenges Still Remain

By Jason Paha


Jamestown Settlement
10 American Destinations Every History Buff Should Visit

By Heather Dale

Destinations – South, Central & International

Animals galore in South Shore
The 1920s, Farming’s Future and a Faith-Based Experience

Begin your journey in the 1920s along historic Cedar Lake, Chicago’s playground.

By Dave Bodle

Louisiana Corn Festival
Get Festive in Louisiana

From frogs to shrimp to pecans, Louisiana is home to some of the finest festivals.

By Quinn Valdivia

Travel to Asia is Rebounding Thanks to End of Restrictions

After a pandemic pause, pent-up demand from American travelers has begun to fuel a recovery in Asia-Pacific destinations. Japan is especially hot.

By Randy Mink

Destinations – West & East

Top Five Festivals in the West
Top Five Festivals in the West

The West Coast is home to a variety of colorful and engaging festivals.

By Nicole Partis

Museum of Illusions Philadelphia
Experience Magic at the Museum of Illusions Philadelphia

A fun Philadelphia museum concept.

By Heather Dale

Maine Lobster Festival
Five Fabulous New England Festivals

Attend one of these lively fests to enhance your East Coast adventure.

By Cady Price

Don’t Miss

Special Sections

Cruise Guide
Cruise Guide

Relax on board these magnificent ships that feature fabulous food, glorious amenities and incredible views.

Rail Guide 2023
Rail Guide

Groups can enjoy the country’s beauty through one of its oldest, and most relaxing, modes of transportation.

Great River Road
Illinois Group Tour Planner

Illinois is like no other state, and when you visit, you’re sure to find that we are a destination filled with a wide range of offerings.

Fall Dragon Area
Virginia Group Tour Guide

Virginia offers unparalleled heritage, cultural and performing arts, outdoor adventures and scenic vistas, music and artesian trails, and an exciting culinary scene

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