Jessica O’Riley – Iowa Tourism Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority
February 18, 2014 (Des Moines, Iowa) — The latest edition of the Iowa Travel Guide is now available to inspire travelers who want to learn more about exploring Iowa. The free 174-page guide can be ordered online at www.traveliowa.com, by phone at 800.345.IOWA or picked up at any of Iowa’s 19 Welcome Centers. An online version is also available.
The four-color guide is Iowa’s comprehensive trip planning publication with listings from nearly 800 attractions, 200 bed and breakfast properties, 500 campgrounds/cabins and 600 hotels. This year’s guide also features new editorial spreads, inspiring travelers who are interested in outdoor, culinary, winter or out-of-the-ordinary destinations.
“The Iowa Travel Guide is an outstanding companion to traveliowa.com and colorfully showcases the best of what our state offers travelers,” said Iowa Tourism Office Manager Shawna Lode. “Whether visitors prefer a rustic weekend adventure or a relaxed retreat in a luxurious hotel, the Iowa Travel Guide can inspire their itinerary and introduce them to places they may have never known existed in Iowa.”
The cover of the guide features 13 of more than 600 photos submitted by Facebook fans of Iowa Tourism during a contest held in October 2013. Facebook fans also chose the winning cover that showcases the Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend; Bentonsport Bridge, Bentonsport; Bridge on the Loess Hills Byway, Thurman; Pinicon Ridge Park, Central City; Fenelon Place Elevator, Dubuque; High Trestle Trail Bridge, Madrid; Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Dinner Train, Boone; National Balloon Classic, Indianola; Reiman Gardens, Ames; a sunset in Clear Lake; RAGBRAI riders at the Mississippi River, Fort Madison; a regatta at Lake Davenport, Davenport; and Pella Tulip Time, Pella.
The Iowa Tourism Office distributes 125,000 copies of the Iowa Travel Guide annually to travelers from every state and international visitors.
Travelers can find additional Iowa travel inspiration on the Iowa Tourism Office blog, 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 www.traveliowa.com, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.
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Note to Editors: The cover is available for download.