Rural Tourism

Person on a bicycle in a recreational area: Copyright iStock PhotosRural America has a lot to offer when it comes to discovering cultural heritage and exploring the great outdoors. This provides resource information to help rural communities with tourism development.

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."

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."

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"

University of Minnesota.

"A collaboration of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the 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."

Clemson University. Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

By Thomas D. Potts, Ph.D. Cooperative Extension Tourism Specialist and Allan P.C. Marsinko, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Forest Resource Economist.  Clemson University, SC.  127p. "This book is directed primarily toward small towns and rural areas. It can also provide useful information to the citizens of larger cities. It is meant to be an Introductory Planning Guide or “Nature-Based Tourism Primer.”"  

University of California. Small Farm Center.

Agri-Tourism resources that provide ideas and information for farmers and consumers on what can be done on the farm.

University of California. Small Farm Center.

Database of farms and ranches to visit, agricultural activities, and even a food blog all focused in California.