Iowa's Hidden Gems

Experience Charming Backroads and Friendly Folks

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Multiple Dates
6 days | 5 nights • 13 meals
Starting at $1,677

Featuring many hidden gems that most Iowans don’t even know exist, we’ll meet locals like Bruce Arant and Robby Pederson, take a festive step back in time to the 60’s, and be dazzled at Brown’s Family Theater. This is our seventh trip to Iowa, and it just may be our favorite!

Meet your fellow travelers at our welcome dinner in Council Bluffs. D

Inspiration kicks off our tour as we visit self-taught American author and illustrator Bruce Arant. His work has delighted kids and adults of all ages through over 20 custom-published books that have garnered him multiple awards and honors. One hundred years after the Steamboat Bertrand sunk in the Missouri River, half of its cargo was recovered—you’ll be in awe as we experience the recovery and enjoy lunch at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. Later this afternoon, learn about the life and career of Donna Reed, most notable for her work in “It’s a Wonderful Life”, with a guided tour of the Donna Reed Museum in Denison. We’ll get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at items rarely shown to the public! B, L, D

We take a nostalgic trip down memory lane at an old time wooden floored skate palace in Ida Grove (yes, you can even take a trip around the rink if you’d like). Then, you’re in for a treat with a delicious lunch and award-winning theater show at The Brown’s Theater in Le Mars. Tonight is spent in Okoboji. B, L

This morning, we take a ride back to the 1960’s with an “evening” stroll through the immaculately restored streets of Spencer and Arnold’s Park Okoboji Classic Cars. Next, we relax with a cruise on beautiful West Okobjoi Lake aboard the Queen II. After lunch, we will head towards Sac City and visit their historic village as we head towards Jefferson, Iowa B, L

Start out today at Robby Pederson’s 1875 furniture making shop, located in a century-old lumber building. Robby builds historically accurate furniture using only the tools, techniques, and finishes found in Iowa back in 1875. We’ll take a ride up top of Jefferson’s Carillon Tower (and listen to its beautiful bells), and stroll through its courthouse on the town square. Next up, a behind the scenes visit to the vintage, yet state-of-the-art, Templeton Rye distillery. Our final stop today will be at one of Our Iowa Magazines “prettiest farms”, as we head to our home for the night in Red Oak. B, L, D

You’ll be immersed into the life of Glenn Miller with a walk through his birthplace home and museum. Founded by seed salesman Earl May in 1925, KMA radio station continues its long tradition of agricultural reports and the famous “Elephant Shop”…the station’s General Manager welcomes us. You will visit the childhood home of the Everly Brothers and stroll on the Iowa Walk of Fame. We’ll stop at a favorite neighborhood sweetshop before making our way back to Council Bluffs for a fond farewell. B, L

Quality Accommodations
Night 1: Holiday Inn, Council Bluffs
Night 2: Cobblestone Inn & Suites, Denison
Night 3: Arrowhead Resort, Okoboji
Night 4: Cobblestone Inn & Suites, Jefferson
Night 5: Red Coach Inn and Suites, Red Oak

Jul 29-Aug 3, 2024
Sep 16-21, 2024 SOLD OUT
Oct 7-12, 2024

Price Per Person:
Double $1,677
Single $1,995

Pre-/Post Tour Hotel:

Council Bluffs, IA

Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling at most hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service

Arrival Time
Our Welcome Dinner on Day 1 is at our hotel, Holiday Inn Council Bluffs, starting at 6:30 p.m. We recommend scheduling your flight to arrive by 4:00 p.m.

Departure Time
Schedule your flight home to depart the Eppley Airfield in Omaha, NE any time after 6:00 p.m. on Day 6.

Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
CTD is offering complimentary shuttle service to/from Eppley Airfield in Omaha, NE. If you are driving to the starting location, they also offer complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.

Walking Distance
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will also be on uneven paths. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.

Average Temps
July/September – high of 85°, low of 65°
October – high of 60°, low of 55°

Time Zone

Hotel Amenities
Each hotel has a hair dryer, iron, ironing boards, and Wi-Fi.

Additional Information
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.

Dress on tour is casual. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, visors, and comfortable walking shoes will add to your enjoyment of this tour.

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