Visit Madison County

Tour Iowa
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Travel the back roads through the heart of Iowa for a tour that involves romantic bridges, movie stars and much more.  Your group will love the beautiful rolling hills and unique history of Madison County.

This itinerary features:
• Bridges of Madison County
• John Wayne Birthplace
• Howell’s Greenhouse and Floral
Keep reading for a complete itinerary, but remember this is just a sampling of activities in Iowa.   To learn more or receive assistance in booking this itinerary for your group, contact Colleen Murphy at 515.725.3089 or

Begin your day traveling the countryside and stopping at the six bridges of Madison County.  Five of the six bridges are on the National Register of Historic Places.  Your group will travel with an expert step on guide who will share the stories behind the bridges’ construction,  history and preservation.

Madison County Chamber of Commerce
73 Jefferson St.  Winterset

After the bridge tour, see the birthplace of American icon, Marion Robert Morrison.  If the name doesn’t ring a bell you may know him by his stage name, John Wayne.  Visitors can tour the humble four room home where the Duke was born in 1907.  The home features the largest public collection of John Wayne memorabilia available.  Groups will also enjoy the beautiful garden and John Wayne gift shop.

Birthplace of John Wayne
216 S. Second Street, Winterset

Enjoy lunch at the Northside Café.  Operating since 1928 this café is located in the main square of Winterset and offers great ambiance along with home style cooking and daily specials.  One of the scenes from the “Bridges of Madison County” movie was filmed inside this charming café.

Northside Café
61 Jefferson Street, Winterset

After lunch relax and take in the beautiful scenery of Howell’s Greenhouse and Floral.  Groups can take a tour of gardens and enjoy a wagon ride or tour the flower drying process.  Their delightful gift shop is housed in a 1910 barn.

Howell’s Greenhouse and Floral
3145 Howell Court, Cumming

Enjoy one of Madison County’s three wineries for a tour and tasting.  Each winery offers
a beautiful setting and handcrafted wines.  The Madison County Winery is also home to one of Iowa’s newest breweries, The Twisted Vine.

Covered Bridges Winery
1899 Kiowa Court, Winterset

Madison County Winery and Twisted Vine Brewery
3021 St. Charles Road, St. Charles

Two Saints Winery
15010 20th Avenue, St. Charles