Tourists looking for a day-trip or extended vacation in Iowa can now turn to the 2011 Iowa Travel Guide. The recently released 184-page book is free at 19 Iowa Welcome Centers, many local tourism offices or a copy can be requested online.
Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office, says the book gets bigger every year. “There are 675 attractions listed in this year’s travel guide, so no matter your interest, there’s something for everyone,” Lode said. The book is loaded with photos with the Loess Hills gracing the cover.
Lode says the cover photo is rotated between attractions in eastern, central and western Iowa each year. Each attraction featured in this year’s publication is accompanied by a host of information. “It gives a brief description of the attraction, the hours the attraction is open and provides an email, phone number and website,” Lode said.
The Iowa Tourism Office first printed a travel guide in 1988. That book contained just 52 pages and fold-out map.