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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.
In “Hidden Gems of Iowa,” a baker’s dozen travel ideas provide just the right ingredients for cooking up a creative tour. For example, you can visit the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa or Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville. In Algona, see a Nativity scene built by German prisoners during World War II. Find water sports galore on lakes in the Okojobi resort area.
The 12-page Iowa section also spotlights farm-to-fork experiences across the state, from hearty Amish meals in Kalona to events like August’s Farm-to-Street Dinner in downtown Iowa City. Or consider Cuisine in the Corn, a candlelit sunset dinner held every August in the cornfields of Bloomsbury Farm near Cedar Rapids. Other special events are highlighted in “Iowa Festivals: Where Memories are Made.” Among the fests: Madison County Covered Bridge Festival in Winterset, National Balloon Classic in Indianola and the famous Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
The state’s rich heritage takes the spotlight in “Historical Iowa,” which describes attractions as diverse as the Amana Colonies, Living History Farms near Des Moines and John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo. Discover Dutch traditions in Pella, explore the National Czech & Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids and sample other ethnic experiences.
We hope you enjoy the 2018 Iowa Tour Guide and know that the IGTA is committed to creating an authentic and comprehensive Iowa group tour experience.
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The 2018 Missouri Tour Guide brims with irresistible itinerary ideas for group travel planners, spotlighting attractions in all parts of the Show-Me State.
The big news in St. Louis is featured in “Magnificent Makeover,” a report on the massive project updating the Gateway Arch grounds fronting the Mississippi River. By summer 2018 the Arch’s new visitor center and interactive Western history museum will be open for business, presenting fresh new opportunities for group tours.
In “6 Places to Quench Your Thirst in Missouri,” readers get a look at some of the state’s top breweries and wineries, plus a distillery and craft soda maker. All offer tours.
“Beautiful Spaces and Famous Faces” shines the light on Southwest Missouri attractions such as George Washington Carver National Monument, Harry S. Truman Birthplace State Historic Site and the brand-new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Featured towns include Carthage, Joplin and Springfield.
Everyone knows about the music theaters and family amusements of Branson, but there are chances to delve beneath the surface and go behind the scenes. The Missouri Tour Guide focuses on three of these places—Dick’s 5 & 10, College of the Ozarks and Sight & Sound Theatre.
Also in the guide are travel tips, a driving-distance chart and sample itineraries that will make the tour planner’s job just a little bit easier.
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.