About Olio in Iowa

Olio in Iowa is a Midwest-based travel blog inspired by offbeat destinations, roadside attractions, and “world’s largest” things. Started in 2012, Olio in Iowa focuses on unique travel destinations and the joys of roadtripping. With readers located across the country, Olio in Iowa strives to highlight the nation’s sometimes overlooked locales and showcase the people who help create and maintain them.


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Must-Visit Las Vegas Attractions for Art Lovers

When you think of Las Vegas, a thriving creative community probably isn’t what immediately comes to mind. But for a city that’s known for its partying and casinos, Las Vegas has a surprising number of…

Why Lawrence, Kansas Should Be On Your To-Visit List

It’s no secret that I love an offbeat Midwest destination. Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a virtual press trip with eXplore Lawrence where I learned about all the incredible things this Kansas community…

Discover Why the New Day Dairy Guest Barn is the Perfect Iowa Staycation

Despite spending most of my adult life in Iowa, my farming knowledge and experience is fairly minimal. So when I learned about the unique accommodations at the New Day Dairy Guest Barn in Clarksville, Iowa, I knew…

Experience Galena River Wine & Cheese at Home with Their Monthly Cheese Club

One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new restaurants and foods specific to a destination. But since we’ve been spending more time at home, it’s been exciting to find some alternatives. With Galena…

Available Now: Iowa Supper Clubs

From relish trays and Old Fashioned cocktails to prime rib and fried fish, supper clubs are a quintessential part of midwestern dining culture. In Iowa, hundreds of supper clubs once dotted the state’s rural highways and byways, serving as havens for hungry travelers and community gathering places for small towns. Today, fewer of these classic eateries remain, but the ones that do hold some unique stories and incredible dining experiences.

Iowa Supper Clubs Book Cover