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Potluck: Iowa's Scenic Byways

Travel Iowa Your Way

Compiled by Carol Bodensteiner and Mary Gottschalk

Did someone say “Roadtrip!”? Now you can create a personalized itinerary for traveling Iowa’s scenic byways with a few easy clicks.

A new Iowa Byways website will soon provide details on the communities, attractions, and events along each of Iowa’s 11 designated scenic routes. Some byways can be explored in a day; some could keep travelers busy for several days, according to Troy Siefert, Iowa Byway Coordinator. “People don’t have to travel across the country to have a good time. Iowa offers enough travel experiences for a whole summer.”

Iowa’s longest and first scenic byway — the Lincoln Highway, running from Clinton to Omaha — celebrates 100 years next year. Byway coordinators are holding a photography contest to highlight the natural resources and travel experience of this historic stretch of road (one of many activities leading up to a national celebration of the Lincoln Highway in 2013). Deadline: September 30.

Learn more online: www.iowabyways.org (coming soon!) and www.facebook.com > Search Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway. — C.B.

Photo courtesy Bobbie Russie

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