iowa state capitol in the east village

East Village & Capitol Grounds History Tour


1 hour


0.7 mile walk


Local History Buff Tour Host


Historic photos


No hidden fees

Tour Notes

Travel through time with our expert local guide and discover the rich history of the East Village.  Designated on the National Register of Historic Places, this exciting district highlights the best of the past including the State Capitol and the Northwestern Hotel which was home to railroad workers of the past.  Since its revival in 2000, this area has been home to eateries, boutique shops, and loft-style housing; there’s something for everyone.  Our friendly knowledgeable host with share the local stories of this noteworthy district in the Midwest.

  • Gratuities are never expected but always appreciated if you feel you have a great tour experience

  • Our standard tour times are Sunday through Saturday. Click Find Available Dates above for available times. 

  • Contact us for other available private customized tour times and larger group sizes

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