How we're different

 Founder/van driver/tour guide, brendan, with our van (his name is travis)

Founder/van driver/tour guide, brendan, with our van (his name is travis)

When you're with us, you aren't a number on a spreadsheet - you're a friend. 

We operate under a few simple, but important, principles.

  1. Put you - the guest - first. Ensuring an extraordinary experience for you drives everything we do.

  2. Listen to the locals and support their communities by bringing awareness to their initiatives and customers to their businesses.

  3. Go off the beaten path rather than the following the crowd.


 The train. looks like a prime spot to start a business, no?

The train. looks like a prime spot to start a business, no?

It all started on an overnight train

During a 10-hour rail journey from Romania to Moldova in August 2017, Brendan was talking with some of his fellow passengers from around the world about their impressions of the United States. Amid the sweaty confines of the aging train's bar car, he realized that there are people out there (well, at least 4) who are interested in learning about the culture, cuisine, and quirks of the Midwestern United States. 

So, while still on vacation at a little campsite in Montenegro a few days later, he bought a domain name and got to work.



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altSTATES is licensed and insured and holds motor carrier operating authority with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Iowa.