Iowa Tour Guide

igtaThe Hawkeye State boasts bountiful urban adventures, beautiful performing arts venues and agritourism attractions that showcase the state’s artisans and farmers.
Leisure Group Travel is proud to showcase all the state has to offer in our 2019 edition of the Iowa Tour Guide. Created in conjunction with the Iowa Group Travel Association (IGTA), the guide offers numerous ideas for tour planners tasked with creating an unforgettable Midwestern itinerary. At 16 pages, this year’s guide is our biggest and best yet, filled with Iowa’s best group-friendly locales.

Learn about Iowa’s thriving cities in “Urban Adventures,” which highlights six of the state’s most cosmopolitan destinations. Enjoy craft beer and hip nightclubs in Des Moines, admire classic Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in Mason City and enjoy farm-to-table meals in reimagined industrial spaces in Dubuque. These cities are also populated with “Iowa makers” who create everything from fine art to exquisite wine. In “Made in Iowa,” we explore opportunities to meet these makers in their studios, farms or factories and buy their products firsthand. Whether you’re enjoying farm-fresh creations at Jefferson County Ciderworks, admiring beautiful sculptures at Isabel Bloom or embarking on a Black Hawk County quilt barn tour, you’ll find an authentic Iowa creation to enjoy.

Also in this edition is “Remarkable Arts & Music Venues in Iowa,” which shines the spotlight on preserved historic theaters and vibrant live entertainment programs throughout the state. Whether your group wants to soak in the magnificent detail of the Paramount Theatre or relive rock’ ’n’ roll history at the Surf Ballroom, Iowa has a venue for you. In “What’s New from IGTA,” we highlight some of IGTA’s newest members, who range from the agritourist-friendly Hansen’s Dairy to the quirky and colorful Traer Shaker Gallery. And since nearby Omaha is hosting ABA Marketplace 2020, we are providing a FAM preview for travel professionals staying afterward to experience “Hollywood in the Heartland” across Iowa.

We hope you enjoy the 2019 Iowa Tour Guide and know that IGTA is committed to creating an authentic and comprehensive Iowa group tour experience.

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Previous Editions

2018 Edition

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Overflowing with appealing attractions, dining delights and fun-filled festivals, Iowa more than holds its own when it comes to offering inspiration to group tour planners. Leisure Group Travel’s 2018 Iowa Tour Guide, produced in cooperation with the Iowa Group Travel Association (IGTA), provides tons of material for those tasked with creating irresistible Midwest itineraries.

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2017 Edition

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2016 Edition

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In the 2016 edition of our annual the Iowa Tour Guide, we spotlight the state’s cultural side as towns promote the 125th anniversary of the birth of Iowa native Grant Wood, best known for his iconic American Gothic.  Along with sample itineraries suggested by the Iowa Group Travel Association, coverage includes a look at Iowa’s European ethnic communities and prime examples of must-see art and architecture around the state.

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