The hospital where I work was recently "taken over" by a larger, more profitable facility. Consequently, myself and one co-worker are now part of a much larger team. However, those other team members are spread out, the closest being at least an hour drive away, depending on traffic. Our new manager would like to have a "celebration" for our career national recognition week, however, we would be required to drive to another facility, at least an hour away, which doesn't make it much of a celebration. How can we tactfully get out of attending without being labelled uncooperative? FYI, this is a difficult manager, we don't know the others on the team and won't have a need to, and we have already been to the larger facility at least twice, but other team members have never been to ours, we are monitored for productivity, and this will most definitely take away from that.
Hate to say it, but if you want to be a "team player", you may just have to suck it up and go.
Having said that, if there is any reason to be "busy" during the time, maybe putting out some kind of fire so you have to stay at the home office, that's an option. Maybe you are too busy to go and just have to make the deadline.
Maybe you have car trouble...but then your bluff may be called and you may have to ride with said manager. Maybe you call in sick, but it will appear you're just trying to dodge it.
There are all sorts of excuses to use, but ultimately, if you don't go it may look bad.