Enjoy Rural America


Rural Main Street shops: Copyright iStock Photos Travel and Tourism Sites for the 50 States and U.S. Territories on USA.gov

GSA. Office of Citizen Services and Communications.

Rural areas and Farmers have created tourism opportunities for all of us.  Use this State resource to find rural fairs and festivals, farmer markets, local heritage tours or Main Street shopping.  There is something for everyone. Find your Tourism office here.

Vegetables for sale at farmers market. Find a Farmers Market Near You

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Agricultural Marketing Service works to maintain a current listing of farmers markets throughout the United States. Fill in the form to search for one near you.

person on a bicycle outside trail: Copyright iStock Photos Recreation.Gov

U.S. Recreation.gov.

This site provides access to the nations national parks and forests and you can reserve your campsite online. Recreation.Gov is made up of 11 U.S. federal agencies.

A father with his son and two pigs Web App - Stories from Main Street

Smithsonian Institution.

Get the App that is a collection of "stories about small-town American life."  Listen to what life is like in rural America through this App.

Apples in Basket; Copyright iStock Photos Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

United States Department of Agriculture.

An interactive tool set that helps people, "learn about how USDA supports local and regional food economies; see examples of producers, businesses and communities putting these resources to work; and explore the map to find out what's happening near you."

Road in rural setting National Scenic Byways

DOT. Federal Highway Administration.

"Take to the Roads" and explore Scenic Byways in rural America. Use this site to locate your next Road Trip.

Fishing at the end of a pier: Copyright iStock Photos Fishing in rural areas and the "Take Me Fishing" campaign.

Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

A non-profit organization dedicated to growing participation in fishing, boating and aquatic stewardship. Provides programs that offer educational outreach and also has a resource list for fishing spots.

old cannon in a field: Copyright iStock Photos Visiting Historic Sites = History Made Fun

United States Department of Interior. National Park Service. National Register of Historic Places.

Visit historic sites in the United States.   "The official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources."

What is Rural?

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

This publication includes a section on defining "rural" for health-related programs.

Group of Children in School Garden The People's Garden

USDA. The People's Garden Initiative.

Get Gardening - An Easy Way To Stay Active and Enjoy Rural America! Take away Tips from the USDA's People's Garden.