Sample Itineraries

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If you’re coming to visit and wondering what to see in the amount of time you have, we’ve put together some sample itineraries with our most popular features to guide you.

For Individuals:

Half-Day Itinerary

Full-Day Itinerary

Two-Day Itinerary

Read It / See It Itinerary for “The Bridges of Madison County”

For Groups:

One Day Group Tour

Holiday Tour Package

Quilting Retreat Itinerary

Mancation (A Vacation for Men) Itinerary

We can also assist with group dining arrangements and lodging.

Group Tour Information

Covered Bridges of Madison County

Group tours of the Covered Bridges are our specialty! We tailor our tours to match your group’s size and schedule. Each tour includes information about the construction and history of the bridges, the movie production, and a variety of local historical information. Choose a tour with one of our knowledgeable step-on guides:

Personal Tours (Not-for-profit/not charging guests for tour)
Includes use of our Welcome Center and restrooms. Must provide your own transportation (we can provide recommendations). Bus parking available upon request.

  • 10 people or fewer = $10 per person (min. of 5 people or $50)
  • 11-19 people = $8.00 per person
  • 20-29 people = $7.00 per person
  • 30 or more = $6.00 per person

Commercial Group Tours (For-profit/charging guests for tour)
Includes use of our Welcome Center and restrooms, motor coach parking next to the Welcome Center, bottled water and hot coffee for all of your guests, as well as a planned itinerary and coordination with other local attractions, dining and lodging facilities. Must provide your own transportation (we can provide recommendations).

  • Up to 29 people = $10.00 per person
  • 30-50 people = $8.00 per person (with a cap at 50 people or $400)

Madison County Historical Complex

The Madison County Historical Society has developed into a museum complex with 14 buildings located on 18 acres on the south edge of Winterset. The crown jewel of the complex is the 1856 Bevington-Kaser House constructed by C.D. “Doc” Bevington. Other Madison County buildings that have been preserved in this location include a blacksmith shop, agricultural building, field mercantile store, law office, log school, Martin gas station, log post office, stone barn, country school, train depot, and church.

Madison County Historical Complex tours are approximately 1-1.5 hours.

Group Rates (10 or more):

  • $4.00 per person

John Wayne Birthplace Museum

Historic Madison County is where John Wayne’s story began. Born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907, John Wayne’s modest four-room birthplace home has been lovingly restored to reflect its appearance at the time of his birth. Adjacent to the home, the brand-new John Wayne Birthplace Museum offers an astounding collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the film legend’s career. The only museum in the world dedicated to John Wayne and the recipient of the 2016 Best of the West Award for “Best Movie Museum”, it features a movie theater and contains the largest diversified collection of John Wayne artifacts in existence, including movie posters, film wardrobe, original scripts, contracts, letters, artwork and sculpture — even one of his custom-built cars! The gift shop carries a wide assortment of John Wayne merchandise.

The John Wayne Birthplace Museum is open daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Estimated tour time is 1-1.5 hours, $15.00 per person ($10.00 per person for groups of 20 people or more).

The new John Wayne Birthplace Trail is a self-guided tour that visits various Madison County locations that were important to Wayne’s life when his family lived in the area. Markers identify each location, and maps are available at the Madison County Chamber Welcome Center.

The Iowa Quilt Museum

Located on the south side of the town square in historic Winterset, Iowa—birthplace of John Wayne, county seat of Madison County, home of the Bridges of Madison County—the unique Iowa Quilt Museum space occupies a storefront that was for many years a JC Penney local branch. It offers changing exhibits—three to four per year—of American quilts both vintage and new. The Iowa Quilt Museum welcomes quilters, quilt lovers, history buffs, and all appreciators of American art and culture.

Tours of the museum are self-guided, but group tours can be arranged.

  • $6.00 per adult
  • $4.00 ages 3-12
  • $20 Annual Pass