The Iowa Group Travel Association has developed creative sample itineraries in every part of the state, including four agriculturally themed trips featured here.
Barns, Birds, Buggies and Hay Bales
South Central and Eastern Iowa – 2 days
Fairfield, Eldon, Moravia, Chariton
At the historic Maasdam Barns at the Evergreen Ridge Stock Farm, get a look at an early 20th century draft horse breeding business. Next, strike your own American Gothic pose in front of the Eldon house made famous by Iowa artist Grant Wood. Costumes and pitchfork available. Spend the afternoon and evening at Honey Creek Resort, an eco-friendly place on Rathbun Lake. Activities include bird watching, star gazing, kayaking and geocaching. The culinary staff can create a hands-on cooking class. Day 2 takes us to an Amish community in Lucas County for a farm tour and visit to a general store. Then visit a cattle ranch where Corriente cattle, the original cattle breed in North America, are raised. Enjoy a meal of grilled hamburgers and chili from Corriente beef, which is low in cholesterol, calories and fat. Lucas County is home to two of the state’s designated Bird Conservation Areas (BCA), so bring your binoculars. In fall enjoy the Hay Bale Art Contest with creatures and famous characters created from hay bales. In Chariton get a behind-the-scenes tour of a distribution facility of one of the nation’s largest grocery chains.