Never mind that the summer solstice isn’t until June 20 – 6:09 p.m. CDST, to be exact. It has felt like summer for a couple of months now, the final school bell will ring in a few days and Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, is just around the corner.
How will you fill the long, hot days ahead? What are the best “staycation” bets in Iowa? What's the best-kept secret in your town? Tell us in comments.
So with the kids about to be free of school, where should you take them for a day trip? Have you made plans for a vacation in Iowa.
If you haven't, pick the brains of our experts.
This week, we turn to former Des Moines Register columnist Chuck “Iowa Boy” Offenburger and a team of experts from convention and visitors’ bureaus, nature preserves and public libraries in our central and eastern Iowa Patches.
Joining Offenburger are:
- Michelle Schlicher, marketing manager for Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Shawne Ungs, communications director for Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Allie Howarth, director of membership and marketing at Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Chris Anderson, program coordinator at Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls/Waterloo area
- Olivia Stoner, children’s services coordinator, Marion Public Library
- Susan Dunn, of Travel and Transport Vacations in Urbandale.