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.
Photo courtesy Bobbie Russie