The Group Travel Leader

JUN 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E J E L LY B E L LY FA C T O RY FAIRFIELD, CALIFORNIA Jelly beans have been a staple of the classic American candy store since the 19th century, and the product got a big boost of visibility when President Ronald Reagan talked about his love of them in the 1980s. The country's most famous jelly bean company, Jelly Belly, has been around since 1866, and groups that visit the Jelly Belly Factory in California can learn all about the history and manufacturing of this chewy, fruity candy. UP CLOSE: The basic tour at Jelly Belly is a self- guided excursion along a quarter-mile catwalk above the factory f loor. The tour includes high-definition videos, interactive exhibits and numerous free samples. ENHANCED EXPERIENCES: Sweets lovers will want to plan time for a Jelly Belly University tour at the factory, in which they will suit up in lab coats, gloves and hairnets and venture onto the factory f loor. NEARBY FUN: Fairfield is also home to an Anheuser-Busch brewery that offers tours, as well as numerous small wineries and farm stands. WWW.JELLYBELLY.COM A I R S T R E A M FA C T O RY JACKSON CENTER, OHIO Almost immediately after it was created in 1929, the Airstream trailer was in high demand for its functionality and its sleek, aluminum styling. Airstream trailers came to define the luxury camping experience in midcentury America, and the company continues to manufac- JOHN DEERE'S TRACTOR CAB ASSEMBLY IN WATERLOO Courtesy John Deere JELLY BELLY FACTORY J O H N D E E R E FA C T O RY T O U R S WATERLOO, IOWA Anyone who has spent time in rural America is familiar with John Deere, the leading manufacturer of tractors and other large farming implements. Since it was started by a blacksmith in 1837, the company has become an intrinsic part of the agricultural lifestyle around the country. Deere has numerous manufacturing facilities throughout Iowa that offer tours, including the Tractor Cab Assembly Operations plant in Waterloo. UP CLOSE: On 90-minute guided tours at the Tractor Cab Assembly Operations plant, visitors can walk alongside the assembly line, where workers put together four different kinds of tractors. There's also a gift shop on-site. ENHANCED EXPERIENCES: A tour of the tractor cab plant pairs well with a visit to the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum, also in Waterloo. NEARBY FUN: The Waterloo CVB can help group leaders arrange visits to an extensive, privately owned collection of tractors and steam and gasoline engines. WWW.DEERE.COM Special Summer Pricing for Groups Full-day excursions departing daily from two locations: Chama, New Mexico & Antonito, Colorado · Mid-May to Mid-October · Group Friendly Restrooms · Lunch Included · ADA Accessible · Bus Parking Group Sales Office: 1.877.890.2737

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