Three photos from L-R: Iowa Quilt Museum building, Pammel State Park, red covered bridge

Take a Trip: Covered Bridges Scenic Byway

In our eighth episode of Road Trip Iowa, we took a trip along the Covered Bridges Scenic Byway. This byway takes travelers beyond the iconic covered bridges and into the heart of Madison County. From the birthplace of a famous film actor to one of the first state parks in Iowa, visitors will find much to explore.

Want to take this journey with us on your next road trip? Use Travel Iowa's itinerary tool to send yourself a fantastic route along this byway to experience most of our episode in person (please note that the itinerary tool doesn't always have every stop featured in our show so you may need to add a couple of stops along the way if you want the full experience).


John Wayne Birthplace and Museum

The John Wayne Birthplace and Museum celebrates the life of America’s favorite cowboy.


The Covered Bridges of Madison County

Built over a century ago, there’s a lot to learn about Madison County’s covered bridges.



Pammel State Park and Middle River County Park

Explore the natural beauty of Iowa at Pammel State Park and Middle River County Park.



PepperHarrow Farm

Visit PepperHarrow Farm’s scenic rolling hills and colorful flower fields.



Iowa Quilt Museum and The Iowa Theater

The Iowa Theater and Iowa Quilt Museum bring arts and culture to Winterset’s City Square.