Rural Tourism

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Rural America has a lot to offer when it comes to discovering cultural heritage and exploring the great outdoors. This page provides resources to help rural communities with tourism development.  Remember to Enjoy Rural America!

U.S. Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration.  Office of Planning, Environment & Realty.

"The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) authorized the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to provide funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former divided highways."

National Trust for Historic Preservation.

"Partners in Tourism" website with 15 Federal partners listed.  "Our Mission is to provide a platform for Cultural Heritage and Destination Tourism Professionals to Connect and Share Info on."   Provides "Best Practices – Research & Statistics – Toolkits – Technical & Funding Assistance – Events – Workshops & News"

Appalachian Regional Commission.

"Tourism development can be an important part of a community's strategy for building a sustainable economic future. Many Appalachian communities have developed successful tourism strategies based on the Region's cultural heritage, history, and natural beauty."

University of Minnesota.

"A collaboration of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota Extension, we harness the power of our research for the benefit of the Minnesota tourism industry and beyond. Center affiliates work with industry leaders to develop new or evolve existing ideas to improve marketing, management, and operational practices. Hear about our work in our video 'Tourism in Minnesota: Ideas at Play'! Communities use research, education, and collaboration to decide how to diversify their economies through tourism."

U.S. Department of Commerce. International Trade Administration. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries.

The goal of this office is "to enhance the international competitiveness of the U.S. travel and tourism industry and increase its exports, thereby creating U.S. employment and economic growth."