5 Tours for Gaining a New Perspective in Host Cities

ArtPrize Grand Rapids Midwest tour host city meeting events

Looking for an interactive and/or delicious way for your attendees to explore a host city without booking yet another been-there, done-that bus tour? These customizable tours offer memorable ways to experience Midwestern cities.

For Art’s Sake! For 19 days each fall, downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, becomes a pop-up, open-air museum during ArtPrize, an international art competition. Destination Consultants’ art-themed walking tour, available year-round, can be tailored to your group’s interests, showcasing paintings, sculptures and performance art.

A Bird’s-Eye View Attendees can learn the lay of the land in Columbus, Ohio, by getting up close and personal with Mother Nature via ZipZone Canopy Tours. Guided zip line tours run through the treetops close to Columbus’ city center. Adapt the two-hour tour by having guides educate participants about the science behind zip lining, or by adding on a free-falling experience for the thrill-seekers in your group.

Tasting Pleasures In Indianapolis, custom-designed culinary tours by Taste Indy Food Tours combine architecture, history, culture, teambuilding and, of course, food! Guests can sample local dishes like the indigenous pork tenderloin mini-slider, the city’s official sandwich.

Soul Food Two Kansas City, Missouri, traditions—barbecue and jazz—take center stage at Rhythm and Ribs, a tour where participants can chow down at several of the area’s 100-plus barbecue hot spots while learning about KC’s famous jazz legends, including Count Basie, Big Joe Turner and Charlie Parker. Planners can opt for stops at American Jazz Museum and music clubs.

Sweet Tooth Tempt your attendees in Minneapolis with truffles during Taste Twin Cities’ Chocolate Decadence Tour, which coordinates visits to local chocolatiers. Three new customizable adventures include a one-hour chocolate tasting with varieties from Asia, Africa and South America, and an evening of “chocolate networking” that includes appetizers and drinks.