Welcome to Iowa

Iowa emerges from slumber every four years as the make-or-break state for presidential hopefuls. The Iowa Caucus opens the national election battle, and wins by George W Bush in 2000 and Barack Obama in 2008 stunned many pundits and launched their victorious campaigns.

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$10 Tours & Sightseeing

Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District Walking Tours

On this 1-hour walking tour, learn the history of Prairie architecture in Mason City, Iowa. Experience for yourself why Mason City has been named one of the world’s 14 best cities for architecture. Discover how Frank Lloyd Wright's departure to Europe in 1910 led to the the first planned Prairie School development in America.Tour Highlights: • 1908 Wright designed & built the Stockman house in Mason City, IA, the third of his “Fireproof Houses” (after Tan-Y-Deri at Spring Green and the Stephen M. B. Hunt house in La Grange). • 1910 William Drummond designed the Curtis Yelland house on River Heights Drive. • 1912-14 Walter Burley Griffin designed and built Arthur Rule, Harry Page, Joshua Melson (castle), and James E. Blythe houses. • 1914-16 Griffin designed and Barry Byrne supervised construction of Sam Schneider and Hugh Gilmore houses. • 1914-16 Samuel Davis Drake house on Rock Crest designed and built by Einar Broaten, after Griffin designs were rejected for the site. • 1917 Barry Byrne designed C. F. Franke house. • 1959 Wright apprentice Curtis Besinger designed Usonian House for Tom MacNider.

$65 Food, Wine & Nightlife

QC Brewery Excursion

Meet up with your guide at the first stop, generally Great River Brewery in Davenport, Iowa, to begin the brewery excursion! There you will sample beer and enjoy a free drink. You will then learn more about the brewing process with a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities from a member of the brewery's staff. After finishing this part of the tour, there is time for more drinks before it is on to the next stop. You will then be transported across the majestic Mississippi River to Wake Brewing in Rock Island, Illinois. The tour then will cross the river once more to Crawford Brew Works in Bettendorf, Iowa. Another complimentary drink is included at this stop. The guide will then transport you to Five Cities Brewing, also located in Bettendorf, Iowa. A free drink is again included. During this tour, you will taste specialty beer in the friendly, comfortable atmosphere that is the pride of the Midwest. You will then be transported back to Great River Brewery at the completion of the excursion.

$34.95 Tours & Sightseeing

Ringside Comedy: Rob Van Dam

Rob Van DamProfessional Wrestler and Actor. Between ECW, WWF/E and TNA Van Dam has won 21 total championships (including being a three-time world champion) and is the only wrestler in history to have held the WWE Championship, the ECW World Championship, and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (including holding the WWE and ECW titles simultaneously within WWE). Van Dam is also the 2006 Money in the Bank winner, a WWE Triple Crown Champion, and a WWE Grand Slam Champion. Van Dam gained his mainstream popularity by 1998 when he won the ECW World Television Championship, which he held for a record 700 days. Between ECW, WWF/WWE, and TNA, Van Dam headlined major pay-per-view events in three decades between the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, closing the ECW's premier annual event November to Remember 1998. Van Dam is also a five time world tag team champion (two ECW, two WWE World Tag Team, and one WWE Tag Team). He is a six-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and was the final holder of the WWE Hardcore Championship and the last WWE European Champion, unifying both titles with his Intercontinental Championship. He is also a former TNA X Division Champion.Tom GarlandHe has photos with Criss Angel, Andrew "Dice" Clay, Blues Traveler and Flava Flav. He's stayed out until the sun came up on the Las Vegas Strip with Steve-O and Tom Green. He's woken up on Bam Margera's tour bus; even slept with his cat. The fact his name landed in Las Vegas Weekly for punching Preston Lacy in the face with a raw chicken doesn't even come close to describing how weird and wild it all gets. He maintains a constant, grueling tour schedule and few young road comics have a resume so robust. He grew up across the street from a cornfield in Iowa, it all happened virtually overnight, and at any moment, he's one bad phone call away from living out of his car. This isn't a joke. This isn't a movie plot (but it was the subject of a TruTV reality show pilot). This is his real life at 100mph. It's a tumultuous rollercoaster ride of chaos, fast laughs, rock n' roll and no sleep. No matter how crazy it gets, "TOM GARLAND won't quit." (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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