A journey covering 33 Iowa counties to visit 65 destinations in nine days will make a pair of stops in Palo Alto County this Thursday, May 8. The Epic Iowa Road Trip, sponsored by the Iowa Tourism Office, will make stops at the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend and the Wild Rose Casino and Resort Thursday morning.
The Epic Iowa Road Trip is embodied by a specially wrapped tour bus, which transports a delegation making the trip to highlight some of Iowa's tourism destinations and to promote tourism in the state. Traveling on the bus are Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Director, as well as Shauna Lode, Iowa Tourism Director, Shirley Phillips, the Director of Western Iowa Tourism and Scott Siepker, the Iowa Nice Guy, editor of Thunder Roads magazine.
Also accompanying the party is a video crew documenting the Epic Iowa Road Trip.
Thursday's stops are the eighth day of the 10-day tour, which will cover 20,800 miles in total as it makes its way through the 33 counties and 65 communities and attractions.
The tour makes its first stop of the day at the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday. The Grotto, known as the "Miracle In Stone", is the largest man-made grotto in the world, which depicts nine scenes in the life of Christ.
The tour will then stop in Emmetsburg at 11:45 a.m. at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort, where Debi Durham will present a special award to Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Hite. The certificate of appreciation is to recognize the efforts of the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce and the Iowa Welcome Center at the Chamber in promoting tourism in Palo Alto County and Northwest Iowa.
The community is welcomed and encouraged to stop at the Wild Rose to take part in greeting the delegation and to view the colorful specially-wrapped tour bus, which carries graphics of locations in Iowa as a giant rolling billboard promoting the state's tourism opportunities.
The Road trip continues with stops at Arnolds Park in the afternoon on Thursday, as well as a stop in Cherokee before an overnight stay at Wall Lake. The Epic Iowa Road Trip concludes on Saturday, May 10.