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Choose the Cover of the Next Iowa Travel Guide

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Jessica O’Riley
Iowa Tourism Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority
515.348.6256 or

Choose the cover of the next Iowa Travel Guide

October 10, 2016 (Des Moines) — Should the cover of the next Iowa Travel Guide feature the world’s crookedest street, family fun along the Turkey River, a thrilling roller coaster or stunning art? Fans of the Iowa Tourism Office on Facebook will decide during voting that starts today.

The Iowa Tourism Office is coordinating the voting, which begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 10, and ends at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18. Facebook users are encouraged to vote daily for their favorite of four cover options:

  •        The Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington
  •        A family walking near the Turkey River in Elkader
  •        The Monster roller coaster at Adventureland in Altoona
  •        A family enjoying the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City

The winning cover will be announced on Wednesday, October 19, at the Iowa Tourism Conference in Bettendorf and on Facebook.

“The Iowa Travel Guide is one way to showcase the diversity of Iowa’s offerings,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “The places on these four covers are really just the tip of the iceberg. Inside the guide, travelers will find hundreds of ideas to help plan a getaway. Our website,, is also an invaluable tool for people looking for vacation ideas.”

Voters can also preorder a copy of the next Iowa Travel Guide when they make their cover selection. The guide, available in early 2017, will highlight multiple outdoor adventures, antique shop and tasty road trips, in addition to thousands of listings for attractions, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, cabins and campgrounds/RV parks. More than 100,000 guides are distributed annually to travelers from every state and around the world.

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $8.06 billion in expenditures and $466 million in state taxes, plus employs 67,400 people statewide. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information, visit, call 800.345.IOWA, or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center. Travelers can find additional travel inspiration on the Iowa Tourism Office blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest boards, Instagram account, or You Tube channel.

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Note to editors: Images of the covers can be downloaded here.

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