Iowa travel experts divulge their wish lists for 2014

See where some of Iowa’s most experienced travelers are headed in 2014.

North, south, east, west?  Which direction do you plan to travel this year?  If you need a little inspiration, we’ve got some great suggestions. We asked leading travel experts in Iowa, those with the inside track on the newest, hottest and most loved spots, where they plan to travel in 2014.

Who are the experts?

ATTRACTIONS

“We are lucky to have Lost Island Waterpark in our state. Family fun for all ages – including the parents! So much to do in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area that we might have to make it an overnight (or two)!” – Carrie

COMMUNITIES

“I am looking forward to the opening of the back country trails at the Whiterock Conservancy. There will be 35 miles of trails and 15 miles specific to mountain biking.” – Mark

EVENTS

“My great-great grandfather emigrated from Holland to Iowa. Pella Tulip Time would help me get in touch with my Dutch heritage. (Besides I hear the bakeries are fabulous!)” – Cyndi

HOTELS

“I love the Hotel Pattee. It reminds me of days gone by. It is gorgeous and well kept. It is a pillar of the Perry community, or Perrydise as it is known. The new loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail connects Perry. This is a great trail and makes a spectacular ride.” – Mark

PARKS/OUTDOORS

“Manning, Iowa, was originally settled by immigrants from Schleswig-Holstein. My husband’s family, like many Iowa families, traces their ancestry to Schleswig-Holstein. The Hausbarn was originally constructed in 1660 in Offenseth, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. I think it would be fascinating to see this structure.” – Cyndi

RESTAURANTS/BREWERIES

“I’m just a little obsessed with microbreweries and craft beers. I like hearing their personal stories and trying their newest creations. I make it part of nearly any travel in Iowa. I’m an Iowa girl who loves good beer.” – Candy

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