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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E Spanish Colonial missions in town, and each is open to visitors. San Fernando Cathedral is the site of "Saga," a 24-minute outdoor video presentation that outlines the city's history. JUST FOR FUN: Treat your group to some great food by visiting the Culinary Institute of America's campus at Pearl, an up-and-coming shopping and dining dis- trict in San Antonio. Students can dine in the on-site restaurant or even participate in a hands-on cooking class of their own. — W W W. V I S I T S A N A N T O N I O . C O M — H AWA I I Ask any student and many adults to name their top dream destinations, and Hawaii is likely to rank near the top of the list. For groups with the means and the time to venture to the 50th state, the Hawaiian Islands offers a plethora of opportunities for performance, education and sun-soaked play. PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES: Special events and parades are among the chief live performances opportunities for student groups in Hawaii. The annual Honolulu Parade is among the most popular, but many different celebrations take place throughout the year. Students can also perform at venues such as the Performing Arts Center on Kauai and Maui's Academy for the Performing Arts. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Almost every student group that visits Hawaii takes time out of its itinerary to stop at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which marks the site of the Pearl Harbor attack. And the Polynesian Cultural Center intro- duces young travelers to the rich heritage of indig- enous groups that give Hawaii its distinct culture. JUST FOR FUN: Outdoor activities rule the day on the islands. Students can try their hands at sailing in Kauai or enjoy mountain biking, ATV rides and heli- copter tours at sites around the state. Other options include whale-watching, snorkeling, waterfall hikes and swimming with manta rays. — W W W. H V C B .O R G — C H IC AG O With its central location, clean atmo- sphere and wealth of activities, Chicago is among the most popular student group destinations in the country. Hundreds of groups visit the Windy City to play, perform and learn each year, and they have an almost-endless menu of options to make those trips unique. PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES: Many of Chicago's most famous attractions have dedicated perfor- mance spaces for student group use. These include the famous Field Museum, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier and Pritzger Pavilion at Millennium Park. Numerous other historic theaters and marquee venues throughout the city offer stages to students as well EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Chicago's Museum Campus is home to some of STUDENTS PERFORM AT ALABAMA THEATRE IN MYRTLE BEACH. Courtesy Myrtle Beach CVB ococean.com / group-travel THE BEST CLASSROOM HAS SAND ON THE FLOOR AND AN OCEAN VIEW. More culture. More nature. More education. Experience more in Ocean City, MD. Call Norma Dobrowolski CVB Destination Sales & Marketing Manager | 800.626.2326 BOOK YOUR TRIP NOW! EDUCATION OUTDOOR ADVENTURES ENTERTAINMENT