Philadelphia: Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania has a gorgeous conference facility in a restored carriage house. Visit upenn.edu/arboretum.
Chicago: The Museum of Contemporary Art has an attractive, modernist meeting space with a 300-seat theater and a terraced sculpture garden that offers a sensational view of Lake Michigan.
Seattle: Big Picture combines an intimate meeting space with state-of-the-art digital/internet technology and the ambience of a hip restaurant.
Parker, Texas: Southfork Ranch--a real ranch, not just the former set of Dallas--has a 63,000-square-foot conference center. And the on-site entertainment coordinator can help you arrange exciting activities.
Tucson, Arizona: Trail Dust Town is a former movie set, complete with wooden boardwalks, band shell, carousel and gaslights. Meetings and corporate events are held in the Savoy Opera House.
Julie Moline is a freelance writer, editor and editorial consultant in New York City.