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Branch Out and Try Something New With Your Group This Year

No matter where you are traveling in the U.S. with your group, Trailways will take you on a great adventure. You can make your trip even more special by going someplace new. The hidden gems described below are perfect for groups and provide fascinating experiences.


If your group loves to laugh, don't miss the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York. It's a museum complex devoted entirely to comedy and is in the running to win USA Today's 2020 Reader's Choice Award for the best new museum, complete with digital archive resource center. Special events coming up include the 30th Annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which runs August 5 to 9, 2020, featuring Jeff Foxworthy, David Spade, Kevin Nealon, and Rob Schneider; the Ernie Kovacs Centennial Exhibit; and the GIs of Comedy, a troupe of veterans doing stand-up comedy, who will perform during Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

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The Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska, celebrates the Homestead Act of 1862, which gave 160 acres of free land to settlers, including former slaves and immigrants. Abraham Lincoln supported the Act to help populate the West. During the next 132 years, 4 million people settled in 30 states claimed their free land. A fascinating destination for groups interested in history, the Homestead National Monument offers indoor and outdoor exhibits that bring the settler experience to life.

Anyone interested in history, science, or nature will enjoy visiting the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Visitor Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska, which sits on a scenic bluff overlooking the river. It is the only museum and interpretive center in the country that focuses on Lewis and Clark's scientific discoveries, including 122 types of animals and 178 types of plants. Exhibits also include full-size replicas of Lewis and Clark's boat and of a Plains Indian earth lodge, and a film made by famed documentarian Ken Burns. Plan ahead to see the costumed Lewis & Clark actors present live information.

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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which opens in Los Angeles, California, on December 14, 2020, will be an extraordinary treat for movie lovers. The first special exhibits will include "Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900 to 1970," a groundbreaking show on African-American filmmakers. The Museum will also display items from the amazing collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, including such iconic objects as Dorothy's ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz and the script for To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck's handwritten notes.

The CIA (Culinary Institute of America) at COPIA in Napa, California, celebrates the joy of food. Freshly renovated and reopened, it's a wonderful group destination for cooking classes and wine tastings, featuring a life size reproduction of Julia Child's kitchen. Frequent special events, twice-daily happy hours, and a restaurant featuring fresh seasonal produce make this an experience food lovers won't want to miss.

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Any of these special destinations will provide an experience that your group will treasure. Make planning a group getaway easy by chartering a bus from Trailways.

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