Destination Directory

Readers' Choice Awards 2018 Winners

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 2018 Groups Today Readers Choice Awards winners are in! We hope you'll find your favorites and discover some unexpected selections to inspire your travels and itineraries. Click here to read more!


 Best Hotel: Boutique or Historic

The Inn on Biltmore Estates

Honorable Mentions: Grand Hotel | Davenport Historic Hotel | Hotel Belleclaire | Lord Elgin Hotel


 Best Hotel: Large Group

Drury Inns

Honorable Mentions: Hampton Inn | Best Western | Witham Family Hotels | Red Lion


 Best Beer or Wine Trail

Napa, California

Honorable Mentions: Finger Lakes, New York | Denver, Colorado | Grand Rapids, Michigan | Columbus, Ohio


 Best Dining Experience

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

Honorable Mentions: Cracker Barrel | Hard Rock Café | Potbelly Sandwich Shop | Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant


 Best Hands-On Experience

Madame Tussauds

Honorable Mentions: Historic RCA Studio B – Country Music Hall of Fame | Great Lakes Science Center | Corning Museum of Glass | Turkey Hill Experience


 Best Venue for the Arts

Carnegie Hall

Honorable Mentions: Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | The Metropolitan Opera | Cleveland Museum of Art


 Best Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Honorable Mentions: National September 11 Memorial & Museum | Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | Museum of Flight | Royal Ontario Museum


 Best Adventure Attraction

Navy Pier

Honorable Mentions: SPYSCAPE | Ripley’s Entertainment | Safari West | The Tracks Family Fun Parks


 Best Amusement Park

Walt Disney World, Orlando

Honorable Mentions: Universal, Orlando | Dollywood | Cedar Point | Six Flags


 Best Casino

Mohegan Sun

Honorable Mentions: Tropicana | Jack Casino Cleveland | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino | Oaklawn Jockey Club Inc.


 Best Festival

Mardi Gras

Honorable Mentions: New York Pride Festival | Virginia Arts Festival | Portland Rose Festival | Canadian Tulip Festival


 Best Sightseeing Tour

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Honorable Mentions: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises | Lolly the Trolley Cleveland | Seattle Architecture Foundation | Experience Park Tours


 Best Shopping

Mall of America

Honorable Mentions: Tanger Outlets | Macy’s | Camarillo Premium Outlets | New England Development


 Best View

Empire State Building Observatory

Honorable Mentions: Skydeck Chicago | One Liberty Observation Deck | CN Tower | OUE Skyspace LA


 Best Destination: United States

Cleveland, Ohio

Honorable Mentions: Nashville, Tennessee | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Boston, Massachusetts | Chicago, Illinois


 Best Destination: North America

New York, New York

Honorable Mentions: Washington, D.C. | Orlando, Florida | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Los Angeles, California


 Best Destination: International

Italy

Honorable Mentions: Ireland | Costa Rica | Iceland | Tokyo, Japan