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 and history 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 entire teams invites you to explore Midwest America with a custom-crafted tour experience. We’re sure we’ll leave you with some great stories to tell.


iowa tour guide 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.



Food Tour Host

A native Iowan, Des Moines area for over 30 years, who loves good food, a good story and meeting new people.  She has volunteered for  numerous organizations supporting the local music, arts and culinary scene in DSM.

tour ceo alan rust


Chief Experience Officer

Founded ITC to share his passion for the city, the midwest and all the great things to be discovered in the metro

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