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2013 Escapes
March 1, 2013




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West End Architectural Salvage
Des Moines

It's the site of HGTV's newest hit that proves the adage, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Nestled in a 50,000 square foot building on the edge of downtown Des Moines, owner Don Short and his team specialize in repurposing antiques and scrap to provide customers high-end and trendy home finishes. West End creates hundreds of amazing pieces of custom furniture every year, from tables and bar stools to wine racks, headboards and much more. Stop by and enjoy the coffee shop and you might also pick up some Don art or "Dart" that the crew makes from unusual finds.


African American Museum of Iowa
Cedar Rapids

This year marks 20 years of existence for the African American Museum of Iowa and 10 years in their current building in Cedar Rapids. Trace the journey of Iowa's African Americans through photos, objects and multimedia or visit a new exhibit that explores Western Africa before there were boats.


"Parodies of a Portrait: American Gothic's Place in Society"

This exhibit at the American Gothic House and Center explores the history of the American Gothic parodies and how this iconic painting is interpreted in society. Opens May 24, 2013.


"From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick"
Cedar Rapids

Brian Selznick has illustrated more than 25 children's books, those he has written as well as books written by others. Arriving full force on the scene with his first book, The Houdini Box, Selznick is probably best known for his book The Invention of Hugo Cabaret, now a major motion picture aptly named Hugo. Nearly 100 drawings and paintings will be on display at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art starting June 15, 2013.


Life is a Lincoln Highway
Across Iowa

The Lincoln Highway is America's first transcontinental improved highway, and 472 miles of it spans Iowa from Clinton to Council Bluffs. As the Lincoln Highway celebrates 100 years this year, Iowa towns along the route will hold community events with a focus on "Main Street Across America." A cross-country car ride honoring the highway will be celebrated in Colo on June 29, 2013.


Kinze Innovation Center

Located at the Kinze World Headquarters, the center houses all the major agricultural inventions by Kinze founder and president John Kinzenbaw, as well as those made by Kinze engineers. Visitors can see the exact size of Kinzenbaw's first workshop, explore tillage equipment from the early years and design their own Kinze planter and grain cart.


Raccoon River Valley Trail Loop

A 33-mile loop extension to the Raccoon River Valley Trail opens in June. This completes an 89-mile paved trail running through 14 Iowa communities and three counties.


NewBo City Market
Cedar Rapids

NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids is Iowa's only public, year-round Indoor market. The fresh food market is in the heart of Cedar Rapids' New Bohemia district. Visitors have an entire square block to shop an array of artisanal merchants featuring the best of Iowa foods including locally farmed produce and meats, handcrafted breads, pasta, flowers, cheese and ethnic dishes.


Johnny Carson Birthplace Home

Johnny Carson's birthplace home has been restored to its 1925 look when Johnny was actually born in the house, complete with period pieces. Visitors can watch some of his best moments or one of his shows.

Media Contacts

Jessica O'Riley
Iowa Tourism Office
Iowa Economic Development Authority