Iowa Tour Guide


Charming small towns, cosmopolitan cities and gorgeous, open-air prairies distinguish Iowa as a terrific option for group tours. Leisure Group Travel is proud to showcase the Hawkeye State’s many attractions in this year’s Iowa Tour Guide—a collaboration with the Iowa Group Travel Association (IGTA). An excellent resource for groups planning their next Midwestern itinerary, the Iowa Tour Guide is brimming with information you won’t want to miss. 

In “Iowa Originals,” we highlight the products, people and delicious food created by hardworking Iowans. From extraordinary effigy mounds that date back a millennium to settlements that honor the state’s Dutch immigrant heritage, there are numerous attractions throughout the state open for groups to tour. Sample Blue Bunny ice cream, walk in the steps of John Wayne and learn the extraordinary technological advances made in agriculture during a John Deere factory tour. 

We live in an era when some travelers may have trepidation about spending time in densely populated area or large buildings. Fortunately, the heart of Iowa lies in its small towns, and there are numerous communities across the state that boast open-air town squares, intimate restaurants and plenty of green space. They’re also home to exceptional attractions, from Johnny Carson’s childhood home in Corning to the baseball diamond from Field of Dreams in Dyersville. Learn about many more of these areas in “Small Town Charm.” If your group seeks the hustle and bustle of larger cities, Iowa can also accommodate. In “Urban Experiences in Iowa,” we highlight the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture of Mason City, hip neighborhoods of Des Moines and a farm-to-table restaurant in Dubuque. 

While Iowa is internationally known for its charming villages and award-winning agriculture, did you know that the state is also home to lakeshore beaches, a bison ranch and an acclaimed motorcycle museum? “Unique Iowa” enlightens you on some of the state’s unexpected treasures, from a Smithsonian-affiliated aquarium to a museum dedicated to Iowa’s once-thriving lumber industry. We hope you enjoy the 2020 Iowa Tour Guide and know that IGTA is committed to creating an authentic and comprehensive group tour experience.

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  • Urban Experiences in Iowa – These urban areas in Iowa boast cosmopolitan entertainment districts, fine dining and historic avenues to engage visiting groups
  • Iowa’s Small Town Charm – Welcoming town squares, family-owned businesses and distinct museums characterize these destinations
  • Iowa Originals – Delicious food, iconic art and famous celebrities that trace their origins to Iowa
  • Unique Iowa – These 7 distinct experiences can only be found in the Hawkeye State

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2019 Edition

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The 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.

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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.