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The Best of 2017!

There are so many wonderful and diverse travel experiences awaiting groups. Eating, sleeping and shopping are important—so important—but what about the best bird's-eye view of your destination? The best adventure? The best hands-on experience?

The 2017 Groups Today Readers Choice Awards feature new categories for the Best 20 of 2017. We hope you'll find your favorites and discover some unexpected selections to inspire your travels and itineraries.

 Best DMO/CVB: City or Region

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Honorable Mentions: Destination Cleveland | New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism | Visit Sacramento | Virginia Beach CVB

 Best DMO/CVB: State or Province

I Love NY

Honorable Mentions: Visit California | Visit Florida | TourismOhio | Tennessee Vacation

 Best Hotel: Boutique or Historic

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

Honorable Mentions: The Greenbrier | The Inn on Baltimore Estate | The Midtown Hotel | The Palmer House Hilton

 Best Hotel: Large Group

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Honorable Mentions: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts | Hilton Hotels & Resorts | Rosen Hotels & Resorts | Witham Family Hotels

 Best Beer or Wine Trail

Napa Valley, California

Honorable Mentions: Columbus, Ohio | Finger Lakes, New York | Grand Rapids, Michigan | Kentucky Bourbon Trail

 Best Dining Experience

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Honorable Mentions: Cracker Barrel | Golden Corral | Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show | Phillips Seafood

 Best Hands-On Experience

Corning Museum of Glass

Honorable Mentions: Great Lakes Science Center | New Orleans School of Cooking | City Museum | WonderWorks

 Best Arts Venue

Smithsonian Institution

Honorable Mentions: Art Institute of Chicago | Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park | High Museum of Art | Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Best Museum

Madame Tussauds

Honorable Mentions: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum | Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum | Ripley's Believe It or Not! | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

 Best Adventure Attraction

All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting

Honorable Mentions: Adventureworks, Nashville | Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure | Howe Caverns | Wolfe Mountain Zipline and Snoflex Park

 Best Amusement Park

Walt Disney World

Honorable Mentions: Cedar Point | Silver Dollar City | Six Flags America | Universal Studios

 Best Casino

Atlantic City Resorts Casino Hotel

Honorable Mentions: Jack Cleveland Casino | Mohegan Sun | Oaklawn Racing & Gaming | Tulalip Resort Casino

 Best Festival

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Honorable Mentions: ArtPrize | Oregon Shakespeare Festival | Virginia International Music Festival | Winterlude, Ottawa, Ontario

 Best Sightseeing Tour

Maid of the Mist

Honorable Mentions: Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise | City Sightseeing | Maverick Helicopters | THE RIDE

 Best Shopping

Mall of America

Honorable Mentions: Destiny USA | Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas | Outlets at Tejon | Outlets of Little Rock

 Best View

Coca-Cola Orlando Eye

Honorable Mentions: 360 CHICAGO | CN Tower | OUE Skyspace | Top of The Rock

 Best Destination: United States

New York, New York

Honorable Mentions: Chicago, Illinois | Nashville, Tennessee | New Orleans, Louisiana | San Francisco, California

 Best Destination: North America

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Honorable Mentions: Atlantic City, New Jersey | Orlando, Florida | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Washington, D.C.

 Best Destination: International


Honorable Mentions: Australia | Barcelona, Spain | Costa Rica | England


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