Bring Your Tour to Life: Discover Waterloo

This sample itinerary is good anytime of the year!

Waterloo is one of the Iowa’s foremost historic towns, with John Deere, the Five Sullivan Brothers, and Dan Gable featured as some of the most recognizable names in Iowa history.

10 – 11:30 am

Begin your tour of Waterloo at the John Deere Tractor Assembly Plant and take a free trolley ride through the factory to see first-hand how the large green tractors are manufactured. Tours are offered Monday-Friday.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Next, travel a short distance to the world-famous Galleria De Paco, and enjoy a tour and meal below the breathtaking Sistine Chapel ceiling. The artist, Paco Rosic, created this masterpiece with 5,200 cans of Krylon spray paint as he worked on scaffolding for four months.

1 – 4:00 pm

A few blocks away is the Grout Museum District, where you can “Touch, See, and Feel” the history. Then on to the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, which honors Waterloo’s military heroes – The Fighting Sullivans, five brothers who perished on the same ship during WWII. This museum features interactive exhibits, displays and oral histories for all conflicts from the Civil War to present day.

4 – 5:00 pm

Finally, enter a world of discovery at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame / Dan Gable Museum. The museum honors Waterloo native Dan Gable, 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist, and preserves the history of mankind’s oldest sport through historic artifacts, exhibits and a library. The Hall of Fame completes the tribute to some of the most memorable wrestlers in American history.

For more information or to customize this itinerary for your group, please contact your tour operator or Lonnie Elmore at the Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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