Iowa

Itineraries:

Swedish American Museum

Swedesburg, IA Visit the Swedish American Museum in Swedesburg and immerse your groups in 19th century Swedish heritage. Housed in the former Farmers Union Exchange building, you’ll be able to view authentic items from Swedish immigrants, such as farming implements, homemaking necessities, school materials, and other 19th century artifacts. Find out what sort of food… Read more »


History in Pottawattamie County

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Welcome to Council Bluffs, Iowa—county seat of Pottawattamie County and overflowing with fascinating history. This sample itinerary includes several museums for your groups to enjoy, whether you’re staying for the afternoon or a few days.  DAY ONE 10:00am – 12:00pm “Squirrel Cage” Jail Museum… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Amana Colonies: The Handcrafted Escape

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. The Amana Colonies have been a treasure on the Iowa prairie for over 150 years, offering unforgettable experiences as unique as your group. Located just minutes from I-80, the seven villages of the Amana Colonies offer groups the opportunity to step back from today’s… Read more »


Riverboat Twilight

Dubuque, IA Take a one-day cruise with your group aboard the Twilight. Depart from Dubuque at 8:30am, traveling to Guttenberg and back again by 5:00pm. This cruise heads north and takes in one of the most beautiful areas on the Mississippi River. The Twilight is fast, elegant and quiet as she takes you on a… Read more »


History in Pottawattamie County

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Welcome to Council Bluffs, Iowa—county seat of Pottawattamie County and overflowing with fascinating history. This sample itinerary includes several museums for your groups to enjoy, whether you’re staying for the afternoon or a few days. DAY ONE 10:00am – 12:00pm “Squirrel Cage” Jail Museum… Read more »


Lucas County Welcomes You!

From famous handmade candies to bobolinks; from hay bale art to the “banana room”; from custom motorcycles to Amish tours—Lucas County offers a variety of unique stops to include in your group tour itinerary! Lucas County is home to two of the state’s designated Bird Conservation Areas (BCA), which include public and private lands focused… Read more »


Winneshiek Wildberry Winery

Decorah, IA Enjoy a fun, friendly wine experience amidst the beautiful, rolling hills of northeast Iowa. At Winneshiek Wildberry Winery, your group can tour nine acres of vineyards, including one acre of rhubarb. Have a seat on the patio and enjoy a glass of wine as you take in the beautiful scenery. Inside of the… Read more »


Wall Lake Historical Society

Wall Lake, IA Birthplace of Andy Williams Howard Andrew “Andy” Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa in 1927 and lived with his grandpa at the top of the hill overlooking the Chicago & North Western Depot at 102 East First Street. This home has been restored to the late 1920s and early 1930s era… Read more »


Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center

Over 4 million wooden matchsticks have gone into Iowa artist Patrick Acton’s 65 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 States Capitol…. Read more »


Discover History in Algona, IA

DAY ONE Your group’s first destination is at Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum in Algona. This unique facility features agricultural history, motorsports displays, and Arlen Benschoter’s massive lifelong collection of working scale model “O” gauge trains—all under one roof! The agriculture displays and equipment educate visitors about the tradition, history, and importance of Kossuth… Read more »


John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

Winterset, IA Visit John Wayne’s modest birthplace home in Winterset, restored to reflect its appearance in 1907. A 6,100-square-foot museum is located adjacent to the home where visitors have the opportunity to see the largest diversified exhibit of John Wayne artifacts in existence. This includes original movie posters, a film wardrobe, scripts, contracts, letters, artwork… 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 »


Iowa Arboretum

Madrid, IA  Your groups will love the tranquility of the Iowa Arboretum. Located on 415 acres in the heart of Boone County, this arboretum contains hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers in a beautiful and quiet setting. This is a living museum that offers something for everyone. Enjoy the scenery and learn which… Read more »


Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch

Fredericksburg, IA Meet the growing herd of grass-fed bison and Polled Hereford cattle on 350 acres of scenic pasture and timber in northeast Iowa. Spot deer, sand hill cranes, hawks, songbirds, eagles, and, of course, buffalo! Take a wagon ride into the wooded acres to hand-feed these large gentle creatures. Discover the history of the… Read more »


Harvestville Farm

Donnellson, IA Harvestville Farm is a three-season agri-tainment business, open April-December. Throughout September and October the farm and retail barn are bursting with over 150 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds, along with fall décor, seasonal perennials and hardy mums. The Harvestville Play Areas are also open for families to enjoy, with activities that include:… Read more »


Hansen’s Dairy

Hudson, IA Looking for a learning opportunity in Iowa? 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 groups through… Read more »


Farmall-Land USA

Avoca, IA Tour this 26,500-square-foot museum that houses Jerry Mez’s incredible collection of over 250 IH full-size tractors, pedal tractors, toy tractors, artists’ prints, and many other IH memorabilia. This impressive display represents a lifetime of Jerry’s collecting. The well-lit museum is climate-controlled and handicap accessible. Allow your groups plenty of time – the collection… Read more »


Comfort Inn & Suites Waterloo-Cedar Falls

2011 La Porte Road – Waterloo, IA Get rested and ready for anything at the Comfort Inn & Suites® Waterloo-Cedar Falls hotel. This accommodation is near a variety of popular attractions, including the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, George Wyth Memorial State Park, the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Valley Arboretum, John Deere Waterloo Operations, Northern Iowa Dome,… Read more »


The Browns Century Music Theater

Le Mars, IA This 100-year-old building, formerly known as a bank and law office, was recently transformed into a theater. Come and experience a production at this new facility, and tour a recording studio, a gift shop, and venture through the displays of historic memorabilia from the building. Groups are also able to tour the… Read more »


Appleberry Orchard

Donnellson, IA Appleberry Orchard is a working family farm and is the site of the oldest orchard in the state of Iowa. Raising Boer goats and Longhorn cattle, the farm covers 22 acres, with approximately 10 acres of orchard. Book the Gathering Room for lunch! They can provide a variety of meals for your group. Outdoor facilities are also available…. Read more »


Amana Colonies: The Handcrafted Escape

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. The Amana Colonies have been a treasure on the Iowa prairie for over 150 years, offering unforgettable experiences as unique as your group. Located just minutes from I-80, the seven villages of the Amana Colonies offer groups the opportunity to step back from today’s… Read more »


The Wallace Centers of Iowa

Sustainable food & civility initiatives – Orient, IA  You can do it all at the Country Life Center. Stroll, dine, and shop at the historic birthplace farm of Henry A. Wallace, U.S. Vice President, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and founder of Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company. Acres of sustainably grown fruits and vegetables are transformed into… Read more »


Trainland U.S.A.

The Original Operating Toy Train Museum in Iowa  What better place to learn about three eras of trains than at Trainland U.S.A.? This extensive toy train museum in Colfax, IA displays Lionel trains and accessories along 4,000 feet of track. The development of the railroad across the United States is represented in frontier, steam, and… Read more »


The Old Creamery Theatre

Amana, Iowa There’s nothing like the experience of live theatre, especially when it is shared with others. Iowa’s Old Creamery Theatre invites your groups to experience live theatre to the fullest. Laugh and enjoy a professional performance while sitting next to friends, both new and old. Each guest has the opportunity to meet the cast,… Read more »



A Day In Beautiful Spencer

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.   Day One   12:30 – 1:30 pm Step back in time with a visit to the Parker Historical Museum of Clay County. The museum collects and preserves Clay County history and heritage in a 1916 Arts and Crafts period house and the adjacent… Read more »


Council Bluffs: Iowa’s Leading Edge

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. 10 – 11:00 am Groups love to visit the Pottawattamie County Courthouse. Grant Wood corn murals from the Chieftain Hotel have been restored to their former glory. The murals have been placed in the lobby of the courthouse, meant to make viewers feel as… Read more »


Head for the Hills in Council Bluffs!

Historic General Dodge House

This sample itinerary is best spring through fall. Day One 9 – 10:00 am Marvel at the handcrafted quality furniture and custom cabinetry built with locally harvested hardwoods at the Loess Hills Woodworks showroom. 10 – 12:00 pm Visit Honey Craft Creamery, the only certified goat dairy west of Des Moines, situated in a renovated… Read more »

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Fresh Air Tours: Taking the Tour Out of Doors

By Britt Aamodt “It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” Those were the words of 19th-century transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. In July of 1845, Thoreau undertook a two-year odyssey in “simple living” on the shores of Walden Pond. He lived alone in the woods, a mile from the closest neighbor,… Read more »


Kids Make the Darndest Tours! – Honey Creek Creamery

Words like milkmaid, goat herder, and farmer probably conjure up a certain image, but probably nothing like the reality of meeting Sharon Oamek, owner of Honey Creek Creamery and certified cheese maker. Sharon makes a quality goat’s milk cheese that customers clamor for. And yes, she is a goat herder…extraordinaire. “There is nothing like the… Read more »


FOR A TRIP YOUR GROUP WILL NEVER FORGET…IOWA!

When looking for quality group travel, think of Iowa! We’re located right between the mighty Mississippi and historic Missouri Rivers in the very middle of America. And because we’re already group-friendly, we can host your group with tours they will long remember. Whether your group is out for a daytrip, or on a longer tour,… Read more »


Get Your Rhythm in Davenport

Davenport Skyline

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of the year. Day One 9 – 10:30 am Begin your day at the John Deere Historic Site, where it all began. Experience the history of farming on the prairie. Take a trip back in time to the days when John Deere worked in his blacksmith… Read more »

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Masterpiece on the Mississippi!

Welcome to Dubuque! Enjoy dinner at L. May Eatery. An outstanding performance awaits you at the Bell Tower Theater, Dubuque’s hometown theater.

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Bellevue’s True Riverfront Itinerary

Nestled between towering wooded bluffs and bordered by the mighty Mississippi, Bellevue offers an assortment of venues to relax with nature, enjoy shopping and dining, and participate in festivities throughout the year. Let their experts be your guide. Itinerary 10 – 10:30 am Bellevue literally translates to “beautiful view.” A representative from Bellevue’s chamber will… Read more »

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National Farm Toy Museum

National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, Iowa

Nestled among the fields of Dyersville, Iowa, the National Farm Toy Museum displays thousands of replicas, scale models and toys inspired by farm equipment throughout history.

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Manning Heritage Park Tours Itinerary

Boasting tourists from all over the nation, and even some from beyond our country’s borders, the Manning Heritage Park has built a reputation of providing guests with an enjoyable experience that has been described time and time again as “just like a mini-tour of Germany.” 10:00 am Welcome coffee in dining hall with a restroom… Read more »


Life of Yesteryear

From Itineraries Midwest Fall Issue 2010 This sample itinerary is good anytime of the year! 10 – 11:00 am Immerse yourself in Council Bluffs’ rich and colorful history by visiting the Historic Squirrel Cage Jail, built in 1885 for $30,000. This unique rotary jail has three floors of revolving pie shaped cells inside a cylinder… Read more »


Railroads Over & Under

Start the day with a tour of the Western Historic Trails Center and watch “Building the Transcontinental Railroad” in the theater.


Gateway to a Simpler Way of Life

Arrive in Independence; nestled in Northeast Iowa, just in time for lunch at the Homestead Restaurant. Built on the banks of Swan Lake, with both a front and a back porch, complete with a screen door! Don’t miss the gift shop – you’re sure to find a precious keepsake to take home.


Wine, Dine, History & Theater

Welcome aboard! Cruise along the Des Moines River on the Jon Anderson White Riverboat, an elegant refurbished sternwheeler. Leisurely explore the natural beauty of the historic riverbanks and capture the spirit of a revitalized city.


Visit Cedar Falls

From Itineraries Midwest Spring Issue 2010 Plan your next trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa, one of the National Historic Trust’s 2010. Dozen Distinctive Destinations, a two time Iowa Tourism Community of the Year, and the state’s first Bicycle Friendly Community. The staff at the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau stands ready to prepare an… Read more »


Trains, Trails, & Treasures

From Itineraries Midwest Spring Issue 2010 Day One 11 -12 pm Visit the Birthplace of Mamie Doud Eisenhower, wife of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States and Five Star General during World War II. This completely restored Victorian home contains family heirlooms, as well as photos and mementos of lke and Mamie’s… Read more »


Visit Ames

From Itineraries Midwest Spring Tissue 2010 This sample itinerary is best Spring through Fall! Located in the heartland, Ames is an ideal destination for your next group tour! Ames is a mix of small-town friendliness with all of the amenities of a much larger city. 1:30 – 3:30 pm Located 3 miles north of Ames… Read more »