When it Comes to Group Travel Skip the Hassle, Go Domestic

by | Feb 22, 2022 | Blog

Group Incentive Travel remains the ultimate reward for high achieving employees, partners, and customers. Face-to-face connection is an essential part of life. As you seek for ways to maintain relationships with your most important business partners and retain your best employees, look for domestic travel to be your vehicle. International locations were once the most desirable destinations for group trips, but due to heightened regulations, restrictions on travel, and testing requirements, a domestic destination may a better option for you and your group. The ease of the logistics, the shorter flights, and the luxurious options can be just the thing you need to get back into your annual trip and let your audience know they’re important to you.

Use this guide to find the perfect domestic destination for your group. Minimize the stress and hassle. Focus instead on reconnecting with your attendees.

1. Taste of the Tropics

You may be thinking, “The tropics? In the U.S.?” But these destinations are just that. These warm, sun and fun destinations are perfect replacements for any international Caribbean or Mexican trip. Take a look at these two destinations, one in Florida and one in Puerto Rico.


Puerto Rico, the ‘Shining Star of the Caribbean’ is a picturesque island paradise rich in history and full of natural wonders. Caressed by the waters of the Caribbean and graced with soaring mountains, El Yunque tropical rainforest, and white sandy beaches, it offers a haven for beach goers and nature enthusiasts.

Unique Domestic Destination Options:

  • Take a hike on one of the many trails at El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service. El Yunque has a very diverse ecosystem, hosting hundreds of unique plant and animal species, including the island’s famous coqui frog. There are several ponds and lagoons along the route offering the perfect way to cool off.
  • Take a stroll through one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, Old San Juan. It is known for its rich history, five-century-old forts, romantic ambiance, Old World elegance, exquisite food, and festive atmosphere. Take in the breathtaking views, visit the shops from unique artisan crafts to world-class shopping, dine at excellent restaurants, or enjoy a refreshing craft cocktail.
  • Enjoy an experience of full entertainment at Distrito T-Mobile (T-Mobile District). Here you will find unique dining options with each restaurant offering an unforgettable gastronomic adventure. There are several entertainment options including a zip line, movie theatre, street performers, or a concert at the Coca-Cola Music Hall.


Florida’s paradise coast is calling your name. 30 miles of sparkling water, soft white sand, and natural beauty provides the desired seaside bliss.

Unique Domestic Destination Options:

  • Visit one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s Southwest coast, Barefoot Beach Preserve. The 342 acres is home to several animal species, seashells, and nature trails surrounded by lush vegetation.
  • Enjoy a private cruise designed with activities of your choice – fishing, dining on the water, looking for dolphins, guided commentary from your captain, or any combination of your choice.
  • With over 700 restaurants in Naples, there are plenty of meal options for all tastes and preferences! A trip to Naples is not complete without having some savory stone crab!

2. Hidden Gems

Off the beaten path are a handful of exquisite destinations, ripe with adventure, island fun, and first time tries. These destinations, only a short flight away, give you the perfect option for a city or an island getaway. Sit back and relax or get lost in the breathtaking views of these hidden gems.


Located off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is certainly a hidden gem. From the uncrowded beaches to the native wildlife and the historic district, Amelia Island is the perfect escape.

Unique Domestic Destination Options:

  • Enjoy horseback riding on the beautiful beach of Amelia State Park, the only state park in Florida that allows horseback riding on the beach.
  • Dine and shop at the colorful historic district of Fernandina Beach, the charming city connected to Amelia Island. The historic buildings are homes to unique boutiques with local crafts, antiques, and collectables.
  • Take a step back into history and visit Fort Clinch, one of the most well-preserved pre-Civil War forts in the country. In addition to living history programs and Civil War reenactments, visitors can also enjoy nature trails and views of the saltwater marsh.


With vibrant entertainment, art and culture, inspiring cuisine and stunning outdoor experiences, Austin lets you create a soundtrack all your own.

Unique Domestic Destination Options:

  • Go beyond the grounds of Austin and explore one of the city’s hidden gems – underground cave systems scattered throughout surrounding counties. With an expert, explore Inner Space Cavern, one of the best-preserved caves in Texas which was hidden for over 10,000 years.
  • Take part in a sight you can only find in Austin – an estimated 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the Congress Avenue Bridge each night from early spring to late fall. Enjoy the spectacular bat watching experience during a sunset cruise for the best viewing of this unusual attraction.
  • Explore the beautiful McKinney Roughs Nature Park during a guided UTV tour. Whether looking for a rough ride or a relaxing journey, this will be an unforgettable excursion!

3. Alpine Adventures

Whether you’re an avid skier or lover of the general outdoors, these Alpine Adventures are the perfect getaways for groups looking to enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy some extreme sports or just relax with some of the West’s best wine. These mountains aren’t going anywhere, but you should!


The small notch that Park City resides in is a skier’s dream. With 8 iconic peaks to pick from, and an Olympic resume under its belt, Park City has some of the best skiing in the country.

Unique Domestic Destination Options:

  • Quench your thirst for adventure with any one of Park City’s countless outdoor experiences, from guided mountain biking or ATV tours to trap shooting and horseback riding in warmer seasons and world class skiing in the winter.
  • Learn all about the history of Park City, Utah while sipping on some delicious wines during a “Mines and Wines” tour.
  • Host a private event at the Utah Olympic Park, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and have your attendees participate in summer bobsledding, extreme tubing, and more before a fun and casual dinner with drinks and a live band.


A charming small-town community set amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Rockies, Vail, Colorado is a place where comfort and adventure go hand-in-hand.

Unique Domestic Destination Options:

  • Vail is the largest ski resort in North America with 5,289 skiable acres and seven natural bowls. Spend the afternoon skiing or snowboarding and enjoy the picturesque setting.
  • Looking for a winter activity anyone can do without any prior training or lessons? Vail has you covered! Snowshoe into pristine landscapes of the White River National Forest with your own naturalist tour guide. Or enjoy a guided snowmobile tour. Take in the scenic views as you climb up to 10,500 feet, offering spectacular views of Vail’s Back Bowls, Notch Mountain, the Continental Divide, as well as three surrounding mountain ranges.
  • Grab a beer, relax, and reconnect with your friends and family at Vail Brewing Company. Their hand-crafted brews have something for all tastes – big hoppy beers, traditional styles, and even cask-conditioned ales. Using mountain fed water, the finest ingredients, and locally sourced hops and malts, there is no better place to grab a drink in the mountains.

4. Southern Charm

Who says you need to travel all the way to the Caribbean to get the island life? These southern charms have a rich history and an even richer relaxation quota. Golf next to the crashing wave, enjoy a historical tour of some of the most storied sections of the American South, and much more.


Known for its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and pastel antebellum houses, Charleston is filled with rich history, well-preserved architecture, and friendly people.

Unique Domestic Destination Options:

  • Get to know Charleston through its dishes and restaurants during a culinary tour. Learn about the city’s culture, roots and development while sampling Charleston’s local cuisine.
  • Visit one of the two Civil War forts at the entrance of Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter. Here is where the Confederate forces fired the first shots of the Civil War which continued to serve as a focal point throughout the war.
  • Share in the history and stories that make Charleston the jewel of the Southeast during a historic walking tour. Experience houses, gardens, mansions, churches and parks as you hear about the history, architecture, flora, and people.


This sprawling island boasts multiple golf courses, impeccable restaurants, and an extensive selection of nature programs. The island’s popular venue, The Sanctuary, conjures up images of a grand and prestigious southern mansion.

Unique Domestic Destination Options:

  • Have a blast on the water while skeet shooting off a private boat or dig your toes in the sand and put your abilities to the test for an exciting day of Beach Olympics.
  • Enjoy golf with ocean views at five on-property courses, including the famous Ocean Course designed by Pete Dye.
  • Settle in for a Lowcountry oyster roast and barbeque with live entertainment at Mingo Point, which is situated on the banks of the Kiawah River and offers panoramic marsh views.

5. Cherished Cities

Across the nation lie some of the most enchanting cities in the world. Their magic extends from music to wine, harbor cruises to world-class museums and a merging of old fashioned and modern. Take your trip to these destinations when you want to treat them to some of the most exciting cities in the United States.


Often called “America’s Finest City”, San Diego is California’s second largest city and is known for its blue skies, endless magnificent coastline, and friendly people.

Unique Domestic Destination Options:

  • Book a private breakfast and behind the scenes tour at the San Diego Zoo. This includes an animal presentation for the opportunity to get up close and personal with them as well as the chance to visit animal exhibits not accessible to the general public.
  • Exclusive dinner on the flight deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier. While enjoying 360-degree views of San Diego’s skyline, an expert shares the remarkable stories of Midway sailors.
  • Reconnect with friends while cruising in the San Diego Bay during a harbor cruise. Enjoy the fresh air, music entertainment, food, and views from the harbor.
  • Enjoy a day trip to Temecula Valley Wine Country and savor the hundreds of award-winning wines while enjoying the irresistible charm of the tasting rooms. No matter which varietal of wine you are looking for, you can probably find it here!


Nashville isn’t just a stunning city, it’s a national treasure. The city drips with old-world elegance, juxtaposed with modern elements. The Nashville experience blends together the past and present in unique and inspiring ways.

Unique Domestic Destination Options:

  • Walk in the footsteps of country music’s superstars during a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry or explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, including the state-of-the-art galleries and archives.
  • Enjoy a “best of Nashville tour” – see the sights, visit murals and experience the area’s famous breweries and distilleries.
  • Experience a private outdoor concert at Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans, complete with comfortable seating, gourmet picnic basket dinners, and mobile bars available throughout the night.


Many of these locations are just a short flight away! If you’re looking to enhance your customer experience, build an unforgettable President’s Club, or attract and retain your best employees, these destinations are for you.

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