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January 23, 2014

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Jessica O’Riley – Iowa Tourism Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Need a vacation?
Iowa tourism experts share their wish lists to inspire your vacation plans.

January 23, 2014 (Des Moines, Iowa) -- The Iowa Tourism Office asked leading travel experts, people with the inside track on the newest, hottest and most loved spots in the state, to share their 2014 Iowa travel wish lists. Use these great ideas to inspire your own travel plans.

Mark Wyatt, Executive Director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, is looking forward to visiting Breitbach Country Dining in Balltown. “We will be launching an on-road bike route from Dubuque to Balltown to Dyersville,” Wyatt said. “This 65-mile route will feature the oldest restaurant west of the Mississippi. It’s the perfect resting point after climbing the massive hills to get there and the view is spectacular!”

Cyndi Sweet, Executive Director of the Iowa Museum Association, has the city of Cherokee on her wish list. “I have heard so many great things about the Sanford Museum & Planetarium,” Sweet said. “I am especially interested in the archaeological research the Northwest Chapter of the Iowa Archaeological Society is conducting.”

Maquoketa native Candy Streed, Program and Partnership Director at Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, looks to return to a childhood favorite, Maquoketa Caves State Park, with her own family. “Caving is a great outdoor experience,” Streed said. “And, you can’t go to the caves and not eat at Bluff Lake.”

Carrie Koelker, Executive Director of the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association, includes the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, held June 19-July 4, on her list. “A festival that lasts for two weeks? Who wouldn’t want to go?” Koelker said. “And, another I have on the books to try to attend is the Pyrotechnics Guild International Fireworks Extravaganza in Mason City this August.”

Find additional Iowa travel inspiration from the experts on the Iowa Tourism Office blog. For even more ideas, stop by Travel Iowa’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest boards, Google+ page or YouTube channel.

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.6 billion in expenditures, employs 64,400 people statewide and generates $328 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information about Iowa tourism, visit, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.


Media Contacts

Jessica O'Riley
Iowa Tourism Office
Iowa Economic Development Authority