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Where We’ve Been: January 2022

See where other planners have taken their groups in the January 2022 issue of Where We’ve Been.


Trippin’ With Michelle

Spencer, Indiana

Trip: Wonders of Utah

Tour Operator: Premier World Discovery

Date: September 2021

Trippin with Michele sent a group of travelers on a trip to Utah last summer. The travelers enjoyed a five-night stay in Moab and visited Grand Junction, Colorado; Scenic Byway 128; Canyonlands National Park; Dead Horse Point State Park; Monument Valley; and Arches National Park and went on a Colorado River Cruise.

“Our tour guide went above and beyond to customize the experience based on the collective group’s needs. He even set up a different hike for the group after noticing some avid hikers in our particular group. One of our travelers remarked how visiting four of the national parks and a night stay on the Colorado River was on her bucket list and highlights of the trip.”

—Michelle DeFord, owner

American National Bank Eagle Travel Club, Ardmore, Oklahoma

Trip:  Mackinac Island

Tour Operator: Collette

Date: September 2021

American National Bank Eagle Travel Club took a group of members on a tour that started in Chicago with a surprise Chicago River architectural boat tour. From there, they traveled to the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay and Traverse City, the cherry capital of the U.S., en route to Mackinac Island, where they stayed several days at the glorious Victorian-era Grand Hotel. The tour continued to Frankenmuth and Dearborn before returning to Oklahoma.

“Mackinac Island was a destination that had been requested, and the timing was right to go. The highlight of the trip was the Grand Hotel, but we enjoyed the entire trip. While on Mackinac Island, the peace and quiet you feel by not having motorized vehicles for several days is really an eye-opener. Impeccable service, food and desserts, too.”

—Kevin Butler, executive vice president