ABOUT us

IOWA TOUR COMPANY

MEET OUR TOUR TEAM

Iowa Tour Company was founded with this mission in mind: connecting people to the local stories of our community. Each and every member of our tour team is passionate and knowledgeable about the place they know best: Des Moines.

 

To accomplish that mission, we provide the best culinary, history and art tours to help you discover the must-see attractions and the hidden gems in the beautiful state of Iowa. Our trusted network of hosts are avid foodies and history buffs who are residents of the local community. They work in partnership with a curated selection of area businesses and artisans to ensure an amazing and memorable experience. All to showcase a premiere and personalized selection of what our local communities have to offer.

 

Our fun, unique and affordable walking tours lead you through vibrant local districts, while our citywide history and culinary tours include quality transportation as you travel through the area’s unique past and culinary present. Ready to taste your way through local culture in style? Our VIP culinary tours allow you to discover the top locally owned chef creations at restaurants in the hottest districts. Intrigued by history? We bring the past to life through unique sites and stories. Traveling with a group, or have special requests? We offer the convenience of providing a completely customized experience for your group event. No matter what your interests are, we have something for you. We even offer self-guided tours for those who want to venture out on their own.

 

Furthermore, with Iowa Tour Company, you can rest assured that you will enjoy a level of quality and professionalism unmatched by others. We maintain a company culture that supports our team members so they can provide exceptional service to our guests. Our CEO/Chief Experience Officer, Alan Rust, and co-founder, Dakotah Smith, invite you to explore Midwest America with a custom-crafted tour experience. We’re sure we’ll leave you with some great stories to tell.

John

Tour Host & Team Lead

A lifelong Des Moines-area resident with a passion for food, friends, fedoras and fun. He was an award-winning sportswriter at Iowa's largest newspaper before retiring in January, 2019 and has also written about food, music and history.

Mackenzie

Culinary Tour Host

A local that returned to Des Moines years ago to find that she still loved the city. She is proud of the food scene and wants to share her stories with our guests.

Jennifer

Culinary Tour Host

An Iowa girl that moved to Des Moines in 2001 to  open an artisan bakery. Her and her family enjoy the local dining scene, Iowa beers and wine from around the world.

Cheltzie

Culinary Tour Host

a native Des Moines enthusiast who loves food, festivals, and fun! She enjoys surprising locals and visitors with Des Moines' most unique bites and sips

Alan

Chief Experience Officer / Tour Host

An Iowa native who is passionate about the city and loves to share its interesting past, best culinary creations and best drinks. 

OUR MISSION

Iowa Tour Company crafts custom experiences which connect people to the local story of our community.

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Pat

History Tour Host

An active researcher and teacher about the history of the Capital City for over 20 years who has gathered a large collection of Des Moines memorabilia. She formed the Des Moines Historical Society in 2009 and is currently working to restore the East Des Moines Union Depot.

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