The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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M A R C H 2 0 1 7 5 2 A M E R I C A ' S C R O S S R O A D S the evening, when the gates and chairs are lit up. "It's a very moving experience at night," said Sandy Price, vice president of tourism at Visit Oklahoma City. With free admission, many visitors stop by Remington Park, a horse-racing track and casino with the longest racing season of any track in the country. There are endless dining options as well, from the internationally recognized Cattleman's Steakhouse to Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill on the canal. Water's Edge Winery will host groups even when it is closed, as long as visits are scheduled in advance, for wine tastings and bottling parties. w w w .vi s i t o k c . c o m Though many capitals feature stunning architecture, Topeka's capitol is the only one in the country where visitors can climb a staircase 360 feet into the central dome and walk outside to relish the sweeping view. In addition to the history tour of the capitol, groups can take advantage of many other engaging experiences in the city, like making a bowl or a mug at Potland Pottery. At Prairie Glass Studio, visitors can coordinate a session through Topeka's convention and visitors bureau to learn about glass-making and fashion items like sun catchers or business-card holders to take home. There are several notable events through- out the year, among them the Tulip Time Festival in April and the Beer Festival in June, during which nearly 40 Midwestern breweries gather to showcase original brews. With the Hershey Chocolate Factory nearby in the state, chocolate fanatics would be remiss not to attend the chocolate festival in the fall; the festival includes baking tutorials, chocolate-pudding-eating contests and chocolate-themed items from local shops, such as choco- late diamond jewelry. In the summer, cyclists gather for a weekendlong biking event called Cyclovia Topeka, which commences with a Glow Ride on Friday, in which participants decorate their bikes with glow sticks and tour the downtown area. "We try to make sure that everyone can participate, no matter what their biking level is," said Michaela Saunders, director of brand strategy at Visit Topeka. w w w .vi s i t t o p e k a . c o m Courtesy OKC CVB The Oklahoma City National Memorial offers a peaceful ref lection spot. Courtesy Visit Topeka Climbing the central dome of the Kansas State Capitol By Earl Richardson, courtesy Visit Topeka The Glow Ride is an evening highlight of the annual Cyclovia Topeka event.

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