See the reason behind this community's worldwide fame with a self-guided tour of the Covered Bridges Scenic Byway. Visit each of The Bridges of Madison County, which were the inspiration and setting for the Clint Eastwood film.
Winterset is also the birthplace of American film icon John Wayne, and the award-winning John Wayne Birthplace & Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the legendary actor. Dive even more into area history at the Madison County Historical Complex or the Iowa Quilt Museum. As you explore the breathtaking town square, be sure to stop by the historic Iowa Theater. Or embrace Iowa flavors at the Covered Bridges Winery and the Winterset Cidery.
Outdoor Recreation & Exciting Eateries
Stray from the downtown and you'll discover a unique collection of agri-tourism opportunities. Stop by Speckled Hens Farms to purchase fresh produce or attend events; interact with goats and shop goat cheese, soaps and lotions at Simple Life Farms, Iowa's only raw milk goat dairy; and get up close and personal with alpacas at Rusty Stars Alpacas and shop their amazing fiber products at the on-farm store.
For outdoor adventures, grab a kayak, canoe or water tube and float down the Middle River Water Trail and pass under several covered bridges. For a unique camping experience, book a stay at one of Pammel Park's Yurt Cabins.
Complete your visit with a relaxing dinner at Rudy's Restaurant or Mi Pueblito.
Whether it’s visiting one of the six famous covered bridges, exploring majestic parks, enjoying the quaint historic town square, shopping at the top-notch retail stores, sipping wine at a local winery or learning a craft like quilting or fusing glass, there’s plenty to engage your senses here in Madison County. And, yes, you can also get engaged (in the traditional sense) in the place that inspired The Bridges of Madison County, one of the greatest love stories of our time.
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is here to assist you with your visit. We specialize in creating custom itineraries and facilitating guided personal or group tours of our covered bridges. Contact us today to make your next trip one that will stay with you for years and years to come!