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


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


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