Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center

Gladbrook, IA Over five million wooden matchsticks have gone into Iowa artist Patrick Acton’s 70 incredibly detailed scale models of life-like sculptures, complex machines, and world-renowned architecture. The tiny 2-inch-long sticks have been used to build huge models, like his 13-foot true-to-scale model of the battleship USS Iowa, and a 12-foot lighted model of the United… Read more »

Kalona Historical Village

Kalona, IA Leave behind the stress of today’s world and savor the family values, work ethic, and unpretentious lifestyle of an earlier age. At the Kalona Historical Village, your groups will stroll through a scenic 1800s village and explore pioneer life through 13 authentic buildings. Each of these structures is restored and filled with interesting and… Read more »

Chicken and Christmas in Little Bavaria

By Kathleen Somers If you think Michigan’s “Little Bavaria”—the quaint town of Frankenmuth—is famous for serving up chicken dinners and year-round Christmas shopping, then you’d be right. But if you think your group has had the true Frankenmuth experience—shopping the world’s largest Christmas store and then indulging in an all-you-can-eat world famous chicken dinner—then you’ve… Read more »

Iowa’s Dairy Center

Calmar, IA In the heart of northeast Iowa’s dairy country, the Dairy Center sits on a hilltop just outside of Calmar, Iowa. Together the Dairy Center and Dairy Foundation work to offer education, demonstrations and research to foster the growth and prosperity of families making dairy farming their way of life. Iowa’s Dairy Center is… Read more »

Discover the Legacy of Odebolt

This sample itinerary is best during the spring, summer, and fall months. 9 – 10:00am Enjoy a morning stroll on the Memorial Walkway along Odebolt Creek. The walkway includes perennial flower gardens, benches, and gazebos for shade and relaxation. 10 – 11:00am Tour the First National Bank, which was originally known as Adams Bank when… Read more »

Scandinavian Heritage in Clay County

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.  The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County invites you to explore the history and rich heritage of the area. With a variety of exhibitions, cultural festivals, films, lectures, and historical sites, your groups will receive a full immersion in the culture of Fargo-Moorhead… Read more »

Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy

Hudson, IA Looking for an interactive farm experience for your groups? Hansen’s Dairy is a six-generation, family-owned dairy farm that makes and sells their own fresh dairy products to local communities. Take a tour of the farm and see how milk gets from the cow to the table. Walk-Through Tour  This guided tour takes your… Read more »

Gammelgården Museum: A Tribute to Swedish Immigrants

Scandia, MN What was life like for early Swedish immigrants in Minnesota? What did they bring with them from across the ocean? What did they leave behind? What awaited them at their destination? Learn how these early families lived, worked, and played back in Minnesota’s frontier days on your visit to the Gammelgården Museum in… Read more »

Willkommen to Frankenmuth!

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Frankenmuth offers a variety of year-round activities for your groups. Enjoy Bavarian hospitality as you recharge, renew, and refresh. Experience fantastic festivals, eclectic shopping, wonderful indoor waterparks, and rich history and culture in Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.” 10:00am – 12:00pm Begin your day at the… Read more »

Southwest Wisconsin Getaway

This sample itinerary is best during the late summer and fall months. DAY ONE 10 – 11:30am Your southwest Wisconsin itinerary begins with a scrumptious brunch at Borgens Café in Westby. They invite you to gather at their table for great food and great service in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy their locally sourced… Read more »