Epic Iowa Road Trip

Follow along on our nine-day
adventure across Iowa.

May 2 - 10



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Schedule
The Epic Iowa Road Trip is not open to general travelers. However, you can follow along using the schedule below.
 
DAY 1: Friday, May 2    
Market on Main, Ottumwa
Kick off your tour at the Market on Main, providing fresh food from local producers on a year-round basis.
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.  
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
Pose in front of the home that served as inspiration for Grant Wood's American Gothic.
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.  
Piper's Candy, Chariton
Tour this old-fashioned homemade candy shop and grocery store on the Chariton town square.
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.  
Downtown Winterset
Enjoy pie and coffee at the Northside Café, just like Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County. Shop at classic stores on the square.
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines
Visit the giraffes, lions, penguins and more at Iowa's only zoo.
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.  
Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Hotel & Casino, Altoona
Iowa's favorite place to play!
5:15 p.m.  
     
DAY 2: Saturday, May 3    
Maytag Dairy Farms, Newton
Taste the world-famous Maytag Blue Cheese, manufactured on a dairy farm in Central Iowa.
8:30 - 9:10 a.m.  
Iowa Speedway, Newton
Take a spin around the first driver-designed track, home to many NASCAR and IndyCar races.
9:20 - 10:15 a.m.  
Pella Tulip Time, Pella
Experience the food, music and history of the Dutch culture and stop and smell the tulips at this classic spring event.
11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
Slideways Karting Center, Knoxville
Blaze around this go-kart track that hosts more than 30,000 riders each year.
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.  
Peace Tree Brewing Co., Knoxville
Sip on suds at this craft brewery that recently won gold at the World Beer Cup® awards for their Blonde Fatale Belgian-style ale.
5:40 - 6:10 p.m.  
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville
It's off to the races! The track annually hosts the Knoxville Nationals, bringing in sprint car race fans from all over the world. Learn the storied history of sprint cars at the museum.
6:20 - 8:30 p.m.  
Comfort Suites Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington Overnight  
     
DAY 3: Sunday, May 4    
Snake Alley, Burlington
Named the "Crookedest Street in the World" by Ripley's Believe It or Not.
8:10 - 8:20 a.m.  
PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex, Burlington
Waterpark, casino, spa and hotel - the PZAZZ! has a little something for everyone in the family.
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Riverside
Relax and enjoy this all-in-one resort with an 18-hole golf course, spa, restaurants and casino.
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.  
Chalk the Walk Festival, Mount Vernon
Stroll the streets and view the masterpieces drawn on the sidewalks. More than 50 artists will be "chalking" for 8,000-plus spectators.
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.  
NewBo City Market, Cedar Rapids
Located in the heart of Cedar Rapids' New Bohemia District, NewBo is part farmer's market, part entertainment and a foodie's paradise.
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.  
Fireside Winery, Marengo
Unwind at this family-owned winery featuring 20 wines grown from Iowa grapes and fruits.
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  
Sheraton, Iowa City Overnight  
     
DAY 4: Monday, May 5    
Herky on Parade, Iowa City
Catch the University of Iowa's Herky the Hawkeye as he goes back On Parade for the 10th year!
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  
Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott
Dubbed the "World's Largest" truckstop, you can stop by the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, feast on comfort food and watch the trucks roll in.
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.  
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque
Learn everything about the Mighty Mississippi - from the critters that live in and around it to the barges that travel along it.
1:15 - 1:40 p.m.  
Sky Tours, Dubuque
Fly among the trees and bluffs on one of the nine ziplines in historic Union Park.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  
Field of Dreams, Dyersville
It's been 25 years since the famous line, "Is this heaven?" was uttered. Relive the magic of the movie at the Field of Dreams.
3:45 - 4:15 p.m.  
The Decorah Eagles, Decorah
Iowa eagles gained an international following when the live camera on the Decorah nest debuted in 2007.
6:25 - 6:35 p.m.  
Hotel Winneshiek, Decorah
History comes alive in this boutique hotel, nestled in the heart of the charming Decorah.
6:45 p.m.  
     
DAY 5: Tuesday, May 6    
Seed Savers Exchange & Heritage Farm, Decorah
Explore display gardens, hiking trails and historic apple orchard at Heritage Farm and learn about heirloom plant varieties.
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  
Paradise Skydives, Vinton
More altitude, more freefall, more fun! Iowa's premiere skydiving center caters to all experience levels.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
Lost Island Waterpark, Waterloo
Splash into major fun with more than nine waterslides, lazy river, wave pool and a water coaster - one of only 10 in the world!
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.  
Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy, Hudson
Fresh milk and ice cream are on the menu at this dairy farm that also raises wallabies.
3:45 - 4:15 p.m.  
Downtown Cedar Falls
A haven for bicyclists and trail enthusiasts as well as shoppers, downtown Cedar Falls is fun for all.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  
Little Brown Church, Nashua
Known as the church from the song "The Church in Wildwood," the church welcomes thousands of visitors each year and hosts hundreds of weddings.
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  
Sleep Inn, Charles City Overnight  
     
DAY 6: Wednesday, May 7    
Whitewater at Riverfront Park, Charles City
Hold on tight to your kayak, tube, raft or boat on Iowa's first whitewater course!
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.  
Aromas Coffee Bar, Charles City
Enjoy a cup of what real coffee should taste like - Aromas specializes in roasting gourmet coffee beans.
8:40 - 9:00 a.m.  
Downtown Iowa Falls
Home to the restored Metropolitan Theatre, a former opera house that now welcomes movie-goers.
10:50 - 11:25 a.m.  
Scenic City Empress Boat Club, Iowa Falls
Take a cruise on the scenic Iowa River, with your launch-point at the historic Boat Club (a 1937 log cabin).
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  
Briggs Woods County Park and Golf Course, Webster City
Explore the outdoors at the county park and golf course, where the Legacy Learning Center hosts educational events and the newly-constructed Legacy Cabins welcome campers.
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.  
High Trestle Trail, Madrid
Bike or walk the High Trestle Trail, highlighted by a half-mile long trip over the award-winning High Trestle Trail Bridge.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  
Jester Park, Granger
Stop at the Discovery Pond and award-winning Natural Playscape and elk/bison exhibit.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  
Hotel Pattee, Perry
Historic charm abounds at this turn-of-the-century hotel. Go bowling, visit the spa, enjoy dinner and entertainment and grab a gourmet cupcake!
6:00 p.m.  
     
DAY 7: Thursday, May 8    
Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend
The "Miracle in Stone" is the largest man-made grotto in the world, depicting nine scenes in the life of Christ.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  
Wild Rose Casino, Emmetsburg
Try your luck at one of the giant slot machines and dine at historic Dunigan's Irish Pub.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
Arnolds Park, Okoboji
Take a thrilling ride on The Legend wooden roller coaster at this famous summer spot on Iowa's Great Lakes.
1:30 - 3:45 p.m.  
Hot Dog Days, Cherokee
Thousands of hot dogs are served (for free!) by local businesses as a "thank you" to the community.
4:50 - 6:00 p.m.  
Boulders Inn & Suites and Ryan's Bar & Grille, Lake View
Beautiful new property located on the shores of Black Hawk Lake - perfect for boaters, fishers and those in search of relaxation.
7 p.m.  
     
DAY 8: Friday, May 9    
German Hausbarn, Manning
Preserving the German-American culture, the authentic "hausbarn" shows visitors what life was like in Germany in the 1600s.
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.  
Darrell's Place, Hamlin
"Home of the famous tenderloin" for a reason! These tenderloins attract visitors from across Iowa. Try the rhubarb pie for dessert.
11:30 - 12:45 p.m.  
Danish Windmill & Viking House, Elk Horn
Marvel at the only authentic, working Danish windmill in America and visit the Museum of Danish America and other historic sites in town.
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  
Farmall-Land USA Museum, Avoca
Tractors are the focus at this farming museum - featuring an extensive International Harvester (IH) collection.
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.  
BBQ in the Bluffs, Council Bluffs
Finger lickin' good BBQ and rockin' tunes come together for this annual event at Rivers Edge Park.
5:30 p.m.  
Holiday Inn Express, Council Bluffs Overnight  
     
DAY 9: Saturday, May 10    
Union Pacific Railroad Museum, Council Bluffs
Discover the vast impact of the Transcontinental Railroad on America in the town where the first rails were laid.
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.  
Twisted Tail Steakhouse & Saloon, Beebeetown
Steaks, burgers, beer and fun are all on the menu at the Twisted Tail.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Harrison County Historical Village & Welcome Center, Missouri Valley
Located along both the Loess Scenic National Scenic Byway and the Historic Lincoln Highway, you'll be able to learn about both roadways.
12:20 - 2:00 p.m.  
Loess Hills National Scenic Byway
Majestic views are the hallmark of the byway which features the Loess Hills, unique geological formations created during the last ice age.
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  
The Sioux City Railroad Museum, Sioux City
Relive the history of the railroad and the great frontier at this former railyard called the Milwaukee Road.
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.  
Historic Pearl District & McCarthy & Bailey's, Sioux City
The renovation of this historic downtown district is in full swing - stop by to see the progress, relax at a restaurant and go shopping.
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.