Planning A Church Group Outing

There is more to planning a trip for your church group than just renting a bus and heading out. Here are some tips to make your trip smoother and some suggestions for interesting destinations.

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Short, but Sweet

You don’t have to visit tribes in Africa or remote villages in the South American jungles to make a difference with your church group. You can take a trip in our area and have just as enriching of an experience. Day trips are great ways to get out of town and have some fun experiences.  With a day trip, it will take less planning and usually costs less than overnight or multi-day trips. It’s definitely cheaper than a plane ticket and hotel stay!

A short day trip is a great way for your group to bond and work together as a team.  You can talk with your friends, watch movies, or play games as you travel in comfort.

A three-hour trip is just about perfect for a day trip. You won’t be spending your whole day traveling and if it’s under three hours, you won’t have to stop for a meal. You can have snacks and drinks while you’re riding to pass the time or read a good book.

The Destination is Part of the Journey

There are several places to go within a 3-hour radius of Ontario, CA. If you can’t make a decision, you can make a list of attractions or ministries and see what your group would like to do. There are some things to take into consideration. Is it a youth group, a men’s or women’s group, or a group of seniors? How active are they and are there people with special needs that will have to be addressed?

You can contact other churches or convention and visitor bureaus to see if there are any special events going on. They are great resources and may be able to help you combine a ministry and an event or other places of interest. They can also help you with group-friendly restaurants, group discounts, and other perks.

Here are some interesting ideas that we found in the area:

  • November 9th, 2017 – Hollywood Encounter Night with Chad Dedmon + Jamie Galloway by Ignited Events – The Gallery @ IgnitedSpaces 7080 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • November 16th, 2017 – Know The Truth Pastors Conference: A Gathering for Men in Leadership by Know The Truth – Kindred Community Church, 8712 East Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92808
  • January 12th, 2018 – Inland Empire School of the Prophets Healing Service by Between The Porch and the Altar Ministries – Ontario Gateway Hotel, 2200 East Holt Boulevard, Ontario, CA 91761
  • February 23rd, 2018 – Women’s Leadership Conference 2018 by Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention – Gateway Seminary, 3210 East Guasti Road, Ontario, CA 91761
  • March 21-24th, 2018 – West Coast Youth Conference by Pacific Union Conference – Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E Convention Center Way, Ontario, California 91764
  • May 16th, 2018 – REFRESH: RESTORE, REVIVE, RENEW The Destiny Within: A Woman’s Spiritual Retreat by I Am My Sister’s Keeper Productions – Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Redondo Beach, 2410 Marine Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

These are just some events happening in the next few months, there are many more opportunities for your church group to take a trip for mission works, classes, or just for fun. Going to museums, churches, or amusement parks are great ways to bond and increase your brother and sisterhood.

Rent a charter bus from Carreras Tours and let us take care of the hard part of getting your church group to their destination on time and safely. Give us a call and let us help you plan your next trip!

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Places to Travel to This Fall

Over the river and through the woods to someplace other than Grandma’s house? Traveling around the United States in the autumn can show you a whole new side to our beautiful country. Here are some favorite places of ours that you may not have thought of.

Colorado skiing


The snow is already starting to fall in the mountains of Colorado. Ski runs will be opening in mid-November, so you can get an early start on your downhill runs. The Winter Olympics are in February 2018, so you may spot members of the US ski team training around Vail. Speaking of Vail, there are plenty of places to eat, shop, and relax. Spas, boutiques, and fine dining can be found if you decide to come down from the slopes.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM

This southwestern city is a mix of cultures, giving it a unique take on clothing, art, and food. You may find your traditional Thanksgiving turkey has a Santa Fe spin with chilis, jalapeno chorizo dressing, and other distinctive dishes. You can shop stores stocked with a mix of Hispanic, Native American, and other cultural items. You’ll find creative pieces of art, jewelry, clothing, and other souvenirs. The area around Santa Fe is beautiful anytime of year, but depending on when you are there, you may see the hills around the city covered in a blanket of snow.

pilgrims, Plymouth

Plymouth, MA

What better way to experience Thanksgiving, but by visiting the colony where it all started. The Plimouth Colony tells the history of when the English and Native Americans met back in the 1600’s. Public programs, special events, and workshops bring this historical era to life. You can walk through a recreation of a 17th Century village, visit the Wampanoag Homesite, or learn about the Mayflower ship. Group travel plans are available with guided tours, group dining plans, and education programs.


Tuscon, AZ

Unplug this Thanksgiving and reset at Canyon Ranch in Tuscon, AZ. You can take fitness classes and learn about Cultivating Inner Peace and rejuvenate your heart, body, and mind. On Thanksgiving Day, you can partake in a 5K Turkey Trot through the scenic countryside. The city of Tuscon features canyon tours, museums, casinos, and much more.

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

New York City, NY

There aren’t too many places that are tied into the Thanksgiving holiday than New York City. Home to the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, there are other places to see while you’re there. The Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, the Empire State Building and more are all open during this time, once you’re done seeing the floats and marching bands.

group tours for the fall

Give Thanks for Your Group – Book a Bus Tour

No matter where you decide to go this fall, take your group on a Carreras Tours charter bus. We’ll pick up your group and you’ll ride in luxurious comfort to your destination and back. Our drivers will make sure your trip is safe and enjoyable. Contact us to learn more about group tours with Carreras Tours.

New Thrills in California


Are you a coaster junkie? Did you know that there are several new roller coasters and other thrill rides in California? Get your group together and ride your favorite or check out them all!

Charter a Bus to New Attractions in California

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA

The new roller coaster at Six Flags is the Justice League Battle for Metropolis 4D. Team up with Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman and do battle with The Joker, Lex Luthor, and Harley Quinn on this innovative, motion-based ride.

Disney’s California Adventure, Anaheim, CA

amusement parkJoin Groot, Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy on Disneyland’s new Mission: BREAKOUT! that replaces the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride. This “Big Drop” thrill ride will have you screaming in delight with free-fall sensations, music inspired by the movie, and appearances by your favorite characters from the Marvel movie.

SeaWorld, San Diego, CA

The new Ocean Explorer Deep Sea Discovery section of the park features new aquariums and rides. There is something for every age from pod-like aquariums for the younger kids, a Submarine Quest for older kids, and a 44 mph jet ski-like coaster for the thrill seekers.

Knott’s Berry Farm, Anaheim, CA

Are you looking to get wet? Then make a stop at Knott’s Berry Farm with their 7 new water slides! Knott’s Soak City has water slides ranging from the Shore Break that looms over seven stories to the family raft ride at the Wedge. The water park now has 22 slides, a 750,000-gallon wave pool, a 1/3 mile lazy river, and a beach house full of nozzles, water guns, sprayers and more.

LEGOLAND California, San Diego, CA

It doesn’t matter how old you are, Legos are always fun, so imagine a whole amusement park full of them! LEGOLAND California opened a new water park, Surfer’s Cove with a surf wave ride and spray ground. With tons to do, places to stay, and great food to eat, LEGOLAND is a dream come true for kids of all ages!

Charter a Bus to Thrills

Carreras Tours can pick your group up and take you to your favorite destinations. With all the new things going on in the best California amusement parks, you can make new memories with just a short bus trip. Contact us today and book your next group trip with Carreras Tours.

Be A Tourist In Your Own Backyard

YosemiteThere’s a reason that California is a tourist destination for the rest of the country, there are so many places to see and things to do. We’re all probably guilty of taking the area for granted or thinking “oh, we’ll have to do that sometime.”
Well, that time is now! Don’t waste another day putting off your next adventure. See this great state in a modern charter bus and ride in luxury. Here are some of our favorite places in California to visit.


One of the biggest tourist attractions in California, Disneyland in Anaheim, CA has something for everyone. Thrilling rides, entertaining shows, colorful characters, and delicious food. Disneyland is truly all-inclusive: there are hotels, shops, restaurants, and activities on-site. Let your inner child run free with a bus trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. There is more than Mickey and Donald, too. Star Wars and Marvel Comics are part of the Disney Universe now!

Redwood National Park

The million-acre Redwood National Park is home to three State Parks: Del Norte Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. If you’ve never stood among the towering redwoods, it is hard to imagine their size and majesty. Redwood National Park stretches almost 50 miles from Crescent City down the Pacific Coast and Highway 101.

Yosemite National Park

From one national park to another, Yosemite National Park is home to mountains, rivers, and waterfalls, including Upper Yosemite Falls, which falls almost 1,500 feet. You’ve probably heard of El Capitan, but there are other famous sites including Half Dome, Eagle Peak, and Three Brothers. Mariposa Grove is home to the largest group of giant sequoias in Yosemite.

Seaworld San Diego charter bus tripSeaworld

Located along Mission Bay in San Diego, CA, Seaworld is a travel destination for people from all over the country. You can see and learn about dolphins and orcas, experience thrill rides, and see all kinds of marine life. San Diego is home to delicious restaurants, unique stores, and comfortable hotels, to round out your bus trip.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Are you and your group movie buffs? Then a charter bus to Universal Studios Hollywood is in order! No matter what era or genre you like, there is something for everyone. Take the legendary Studio Tour and see behind the scenes of some of your favorite movies and TV shows. Other attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Walking Dead Attraction, Fast & Furious stunt show, and visit the Simpsons in Springfield U.S.A.

Ride Like Royalty on a Luxury Charter Bus

No matter where you go in California, your ride there will be an enjoyable part of the experience. Carreras Tours has modern charter buses that are comfortable, safe, and luxurious. See everything this beautiful part of the country has to offer out the panoramic windows or rest comfortably in your reclining seat.
Contact Carreras Tours today and learn more how your group can book your next California bus trip.

Your Chino Church Group Can Charter A Bus

There are plenty of uplifting concerts and events near Chino, CA that your church group would probably like to experience. If you hire a Carreras Tours charter bus, your whole group will ride in luxury, no one will get lost, and you won’t have to deal with parking and traffic. Some events to keep in mind are listed below.


Glory is an all-day Christian event on Friday, June 16th, located at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. You’ll see acts like Casting Crowns, Mac Powell of Third Day, Jordan Feliz, and more! Local worship bands, free activities for children, great food, and Christian merchants will all be available. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

34th Annual CHEA Homeschool Convention

On July 13th-15th, you can attend the 34th Annual Homeschool Convention at the Pasadena Convention Center. This convention is for all people interested in homeschooling, whether you’re a rookie, a veteran, or just wanting to learn about it. There will be speakers, convention sites for children and teens, a used curriculum exchange and more. Click here for more details.

Outcry Summer Tour 2017

church group, Chino, CAOn August 16th, your group can be a part of the Outcry Summer Tour. Headliners include Jesus Culture, Lauren Daigle. Bethel Music, and more! Take a charter bus to Viejas Arena at San Diego State University and check out this powerful and exciting worship concert! There is also an Outcry experience that included a book and pre-session Q&A. For ticket information, click here.

Breakthrough Los Angeles

Is your group looking for a night of “faith, food, & fellowship”? Then Breakthrough is the event you’ve been looking for. Women from all over will come together to spend time with other like-minded women, growing and having fun. Laurina Hedd-Williams and Danielle Passey, the leader of Pinkey Promise LA will be speaking. This event occurs on September 2nd and you can click here for ticket information.

Ride in Safety and Comfort

When your church group charters a tour bus with Carreras Tours, you can rest assured that you will be riding in a mechanically-sound modern motorcoach. Our drivers take extensive training courses and are tested on a regular basis, so you know that you are riding with a safe and experienced expert. Our tour buses have comfortable, reclining seats, reading lights, and onboard restrooms. The buses offer a CD/DVD player and a comfortable ride.

Book your next Christian conference, music festival, or other church group event with Carreras Tours today and we’ll pick you up in Chino, CA and take you wherever you’d like to go! Contact us today to learn more about how our charter buses and your church group make a great combination!

California, Here We Come!

You don’t have to travel far to see some of the best events in the country. Your group can take a charter bus from Chino to see festivals, gatherings, and shows right here in California.

Everyone knows what it’s like to drive in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other parts of California, so let our professional drivers take care of it for you. You can sit back and ride in a luxurious tour bus, while our drivers take care of the traffic and parking.

5 Fun Things to Do in California

Coachella, bus trip, Chino

Coachella: Take a trip with your friends and be a part of this festival that brings music, food, and art to the desert. You can camp in tents or stay in luxurious hotel rooms located nearby. Over 100 food vendors will be in attendance serving up everything from pad thai and street tacos to burgers and pizza. With over 250 musical performers, you will have no shortage of concerts to attend. Some of the headliners include Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Bon Iver, Kendrick Lamar, New Order, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Toots and the Maytals.

Calaveras, jumping frog, charter bus, CA

Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee: You may be familiar with Mark Twain’s take on the famous jumping frogs of Calaveras County, but it’s really something you have to experience for yourself. The inaugural contest was in 1928 and continues to this day. Held the third weekend of May, the Jubilee starts with a children’s parade and ends with a demolition derby. In between, there are plenty of jumping frogs, delicious fair food, and other fun activities. Grab your group and leap on over to Angels Camp, California for a unique slice of Americana.

Bay to Breakers, foot race, tour bus, San Francisco

Bay to Breakers: For over 100 years, San Francisco has been home to this 12K foot race, now named Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers. This race starts near the San Francisco Bay and finishes at the The Great Highway, where the breakers crash into the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. This race is one of the largest, with over 50,000 participants and over 100,000 people cheering them on! Rent a bus to take your group to race or just have fun watching the costumed runners having a great time winding their way through the hills of City By The Bay.

Temecula, wine, hot air balloon, group tour bus

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival: With entertainment for all ages, a wide variety of food, wine, and beer, and, of course, hot air balloons, this is a great charter bus trip for any group. You can watch a beautiful sunrise balloon launch, a breathtaking hot air balloon glow in the evening, or even take a free tethered balloon ride. Your group can participate in beer or wine and food pairings from some of the best local businesses. The festival has a main stage and a wine stage for double the entertainment. This year’s entertainers include Tommy Tutone, Gin Blossoms, Josh Turner, and more!

LA Film Festival, bus rental

Los Angeles Film Festival: Where else but Hollywood would you find one of the best film festivals in the world? This festival puts the spotlight on independent films, television shows, and episodic work along with studios that promote filmmakers. You and your favorite group of cinephiles can take in dozens of works by this group of independent storytellers and filmmakers, sharing their unique vision and stories. A wide variety of genres is represented, including horror, comedy, documentaries, animation, and more.

Charter Buses in California

No matter the size of your group, we can pick you up in Chino and the surrounding area in one of our modern charter buses and take you anywhere you’d like to go. See this great state while riding in luxurious comfort. Our tour buses are the way to go when your group wants to get away for a bit! Contact us today to learn more about what Carreras Tours can do for you and your favorite group of people.

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