More than 93 percent of Iowa’s visitors travel by car. So it’s no wonder that whenever gas prices spike, the Iowa Tourism Office gets lots of questions about how those higher prices will impact the tourism industry here.
Our response: Iowa is an affordable vacation destination even when gas prices inch upward. Our research shows that the average travel party spends two days in Iowa and incurs about $445 in expenses during that time. That includes money spent on transportation, lodging, food, shopping and entertainment. Iowa’s quite a value when you consider the cost of traveling in a large metropolitan area where the hotel itself costs hundreds of dollars per night!
Additionally, it’s important to keep vacation costs in perspective. Isn’t it ironic that we complain about the high cost of gas but sometimes find ourselves purchasing a $4 cup of latte while the car is filling up. A $3 gallon of gas seems pretty reasonable when it’s compared to $4 for 20 ounces of designer coffee!
This spring, don’t let higher gas prices scare you from enjoying a deserved get-away in Iowa. The time away from the bustle of home and work – and the memories made with your family – are more than priceless.
While you’re here, consider visiting one of these Iowa destinations. You can enjoy any of them for $3 or less. So you’ll have plenty of money left over to buy that latte…