Iowa PBS has commissioned a new series that intends to take viewers on a road trip through the Hawkeye State. The new series, aptly titled Road Trip Iowa, wants to take you on an adventure through the state of Iowa from the comfort of your own home. According to a release from Iowa PBS' website, the new, weekly travel show goes "across Iowa's scenic byways, showcasing the historic sites, unique attractions, and natural beauty" to be found all over the state.

Photo Credit: Iowa PBS, YouTube
Photo Credit: Iowa PBS, YouTube

Iowa PBS stated that the first season of Road Trip Iowa will consist of ten 30-minute episodes that feature several noteworthy spots all over the state. The crew even traveled to Dubuque to spend time at the Mines of Spain (while not confirmed, it's hard not to see one episode devoted entirely to Dubuque)! Other destinations that have been announced include the Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park and the Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery in Traer, IA: One of the unique elements about this show is that it doesn't seem to explore common tourist attractions in Iowa. Even an Iowa PBS spokesperson said the goal of the show is to take viewers "off the interstate:"

We're inviting viewers to get off the interstate and discover the rewards found along the longer path. It contains a mix of the small towns that made Iowa what it is today as well as the natural wonders that were here long before us. We're excited about the variety we captured along the byways and we hope viewers will be, too. - Iowa PBS Senior Producer and Director Tyler Brinegar, per Iowa PBS' website

Road Trip Iowa premieres on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 at 6:30pm CST, with a rebroadcast to air Saturdays at 9am. It will also be available to stream on Iowa PBS's official website and the PBS app! Visit Road Trip Iowa's official page on the Iowa PBS website too.

Photos: Northeast Iowa's Yellow River State Forest

Exploring Yellow River State Forest in Northeast Iowa.

Gallery Credit: Tom Ehlers

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