Sophisticated cities, inviting main streets and mouthwatering meals make the Hawkeye State a terrific group tour option. Whether your group wants to savor an art gallery, embark on an agritourism adventure or discover engaging history, our state has activities that will appeal to you. Created in conjunction with Iowa Travel Industry Partners (iTIP), this guide offers numerous ideas for tour planners tasked with preparing an unforgettable Midwestern itinerary.
Iowa has five newly defined travel areas—Lakes & Land (Northwest Iowa), Loess Hills & Beyond (Southwest Iowa), Capital Country (Central Iowa), Driftless Area (Northeast Iowa) and Storied & Scenic (Southeast Iowa—that best showcase all the wonders Iowa offers. Each area is geographically unique and shares a unique story.
- Lakes & Lands: Lake resorts, year-round water adventures, stunning natural landscapes, music history and landmarks, and awe-inspiring architecture await in Northwest Iowa.
- Loess Hills & Beyond: With views you can’t get anywhere else in the western hemisphere, southwest Iowa is as breathtaking as it is unexpected. Surrounded by a sea of rolling hills and billowing prairie grasses, explore charming small towns and agricultural attractions.
- Capital Country: Expect the unexpected in this dynamic hotbed of cultural celebration. Enjoy urban culture or wander through beautiful countryside with historic covered bridges and epic wineries.
- Driftless Area: The outdoor oasis of Northeast Iowa boasts beautiful limestone bluffs, flowing rivers and winding scenic byways. Explore on a canoe with a fishing pole or up the thrill-seeking factor at one of Iowa’s whitewater parks. Don’t miss out on the museums or theme parks between adventures.
- Storied & Scenic: Celebrate some of the nation’s most creative minds and retreat to authentic, European heritage destinations for a taste of the Old World. The heritage and charm of southeast Iowa make for unforgettable, story-worthy memories.
We hope you enjoy the 2023 Iowa Tour Guide and know that iTIP is committed to creating an authentic and comprehensive group tour experience.