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Iowans Encouraged to Experience the Great Outdoors This Summer

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Shawna Lode, Iowa Tourism Office, 515.725.3090


Iowans encouraged to experience the great outdoors this summer

Iowa Tourism Office promotes “Win It Wednesday” for a chance at Sky Tours tickets


DES MOINES, IOWA — MAY 16, 2012 —The Iowa Tourism Office is setting its sights to the great outdoors as it continues its summer marketing campaign. From the re-opening of the Maquoketa Caves to rock climbing at Strawberry Point to the wild rapids in Charles City — exciting outdoor experiences can be found in every corner of the state. 


The latest installment of the campaign features “Outdoor Adventures” and includes a giveaway for a zipline adventure at Union Park in Dubuque. Three lucky people will win a pair of tickets, valued at $150, for the Dubuque Sky Tours. Facebook users simply need to visit Travel Iowa’s page and click on the Win It Wednesday box along the top to enter for a chance to win.

“We are encouraging visitors to get outdoors and make a memory in Iowa this summer,” said Shawna Lode, Tourism Office Manager for the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “Iowans and our visitors from outside the state will be pleasantly surprised by the truly unique outdoor adventure experiences that await them in Iowa.”



Whether travelers are looking for something above ground, below ground or even on the water, Iowa has it all.

·         Charles City WhiteWater at Riverfront Park offers the thrilling whitewater experience without having to travel to the Rockies. The park features three distinct drops for rafters and paddles of different skill levels.

·         Backbone State Park near Strawberry Point is named for the rugged dolomite limestone cliffs that challenge rock climbers and rappellers.

·         Maquoketa Caves State Park, recently reopened with new trails, features caves, limestone formations and rugged bluffs, giving visitors a chance to step back thousands of years in geological time.

·         Wabash Trace Nature Trail stretches more than 62 miles through southwest Iowa and is a converted railroad right-of-way that runs from Council Bluffs on the north to Blanchard on the Iowa/Missouri border.


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About the Iowa Tourism Industry

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $6 billion in expenditures annually, supports 62,000 jobs statewide and generates $321 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information about Iowa tourism, visit, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.


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