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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6 Outside of Ordinary Things to Do in Champaign-Urbana

For many Midwesterners, the central part of Illinois is most-often known as the home of the University of Illinois. But there are lots of other things to do in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

Plan a Weekend Getaway to the Quad Cities

Why settle for one Midwest city when you could spend the weekend exploring four? Straddle the border of Iowa and Illinois and discover all of the exciting things to do in the Quad Cities.

10 Foodie Spots to Visit in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

A Midwestern college town might not immediately seem like a culinary mecca. But on a recent visit to central Illinois, we were blown away by the number of incredible restaurants in Champaign-Urbana.

Step Back into the Wild West in Dodge City, Kansas

Back in the days of the Wild West, the cowtowns of southwest Kansas were infamous. Hardworking cowboys and rowdy outlaws converged to help foster towns full of saloons, dance halls, gambling parlors and more. Though…

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