Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County

12 Reviews | Iowa, USA

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2 hours (Approx.)
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
A note about this tour
Our tour guides have been vaccinated. Please feel free to request that masks be worn while in the vehicle together.

Overview

Travel the back roads through the heart of Madison County under the wing of one of our guide experts, who are all residents of Madison County. Madison County's world-famous covered bridges were the inspiration behind, and the setting of the novel by Robert James Waller and the 1995 film "The Bridges of Madison County", starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. 

Six of the original nineteen covered bridges remain, making Madison County the Covered Bridge Capital of Iowa. Five of the bridges are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each two-hour personal guided tour includes information about the construction and history of the bridges, the movie production, and a variety of other local historical information. You will visit three of the county's most popular covered bridges and have a chance to walk through them and take plenty of photographs.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Average 4.83 out of 5 stars based on 12 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County
pamnkev2018, Oct 2022 Verified
Just fun to stand on the bridge where Meryl Streep stood! There's a gift shop with fun items and the woman working there was happy to answer our questions about the bridge and the area. Winterset is very charming.
Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County
114jerrys, Oct 2022 Verified
Our guide Bob was flat out amazing! He had plenty of stories not just about the bridges and the movie (Bridges of Madison County) but so much more. Although the covered bridges may be the main attraction, there is so much more to see in and around Winterset, IA.
Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County
Russ_W, Jul 2022 Verified
Bob is the most amazing tour guide ever. He gave us more history of this town and knowledge of the movie than we could have ever gotten anywhere
Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County
Charlene_B, Jul 2022 Verified
Great stories about bridges. Great tips on photography. Loved the experience. Guide was very knowledgeable.
Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County
Sharon_W, May 2022 Verified
We had a wonderful time on our tour. We got to see 3 bridges and so much more. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County
Karen5879, Apr 2022 Verified
This was a great totally immersive tour into the covered bridges of Madison County....It included their use and importance in the movie, "The Bridges of Madison County" Also featured were other locations used in the movie....and in general a huge amount of information about the farm community of Winterset..... Our tour guide Bob was extremely knowledgeable and had lots of side stories to tell us...I was mesmerized by the whole tour and can't tell you how happy I was to hire this guide, rather than just view the bridges on our own with a map......
Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County
sharonsE5083ZC, Oct 2021 Verified
Guide's knowledge of town history was given with humor & fact...no unnecessary embellishments. We enjoyed every minute with her! My Mother's family from area back to early 1800s...I was born & raised in Iowa + I do geneology & some photo documentation. The day brought me back to my childhood! Job well done!
Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County
Jay G, Oct 2021 Verified
Learning from a born and raised guide made the trip so enjoyable. Also, knowing the history of Winterset and how it is such a beautiful and growing family oriented community … The time and effort used to preserve the bridges makes you appreciate the bridges that are left. The fun tidbits about the movie “Bridges of Madison County” was so unique and interesting!!
Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County
Laura G, Aug 2020 Verified
Great tour! Pat is so knowledgeable. She even took some photos of both of us, which are hard to get. . We had a great time. Thank you so up!
Personal Guided Tour of the Covered Bridges of Madison County
Carlton d, Sep 2019 Verified

Simply said this was an excellent tour - our guide Diane was knowledgeable, friendly and a pleasure to be around. She made my wife and I feel extremely welcomed in Iowa and Madison County. I would absolutely recommend this tour.

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