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 altSTATES, 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

Some people start companies after doing extensive research and planning. I didn't do that.

During a 10-hour rail journey from Romania to Moldova in August 2017, I was talking with some of my fellow passengers from around the world about what it's like to live in the United States. Amid the sweaty confines of the aging train's bar car, I realized that there are people out there who are interested in learning about the culture, cuisine, and quirks of the Midwestern United States. After all, I was an Iowa native exploring Moldova, and I figured that there are probably others around the world interested in exploring new and unique places.

So, while still on vacation a few days later, I hopped on the spotty wi-fi at a little campsite in Montenegro to buy a domain name and got to work starting altSTATES.

Since then, I've helped guests from Milwaukee to Mumbai enjoy some of the best people, places, and things in the Quad Cities and beyond. I look forward to showing you the land I love.

-Brendan


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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.