Rural Tourism

A fence in a pasture

Rural America has a lot to offer when it comes to exploring the great outdoors. We all need to get outside more often so make it worth while and see what Rural America has to offer. Remember, you don't have to go a long way to see Rural America, we are right in your Backyard!


Stack of Books with Computer Mouse: Copyright iStock Photos Rural Tourism: In the Library's Rural Collection

USDA. National Agricultural Library. Rural Information Center.

Type of Material: Book
Author(s):Richard Tresidder and Craig Hirst.
Title:Marketing in food, hospitality, tourism and events : a critical approach.
Published:Oxford : Goodfellow Publishers, c2012.
Descriptionvii, 224 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

Find this book at your own Library through WorldCat. Or use one of your favorite booksellers to purchase this book. USDA Employee? Use the Login Form to request this title.

A rocking chair on a porch Cultural Hertiage Tourism

National Trust for Historic Preservation. Heritage Tourism Program.

"...a resource for organizations and individuals who are developing, marketing or managing cultural heritage tourism attractions or programs."

Preserve America Logo Preserve America

The White House.

 "A federal initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage."

Travel and Tourism Research Programs

DOC. International Trade Administration. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries.

Office of Travel and Tourism Industries

U.S. Department of Commerce. International Trade Administration.

Tourism Center

University of Minnesota. Tourism Center.

Recreational Activities in National Forests and Grasslands

USDA. Forest Service.

Serves as a portal to recreational information from the USDA Forest Service. Contains quick facts, brochures, maps, permits, and travel information.

Cultural Tourism

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Artworks.

Agricultural Tourism

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.

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums.

Airplane Travel & Tourism Industries

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."

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.

Lighthouse Visiting Historic Sites = History Made Fun

National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Visit historic sites in the United States with this database of sites by region or states with a summary and photo.

bikes on a path: Copyright iStock Photos Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

View of a rural main street Travel and Tourism Sites for the 50 States and U.S. Territories on

GSA. Office of Citizen Services and Communications.

Rural areas and Farmers have created tourism opportunities to get people, "back on the farm". From the pumpkin patch and corn maze to apple picking and hay rides, there is something for everyone. Find your Tourism office here.

person on bike with a mountain view: Copyright iStock Photos National Extension Tourism (NET): Information Clearinghouse

Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service.

Provides "relevant information, useful resources, and networking opportunities for Extension professionals and others working in the broad area of tourism and recreation."

Direct Farm Marketing and Tourism Handbook

University of Arizona. Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Covers a wide range of agricultural opportunities and business issues to assist agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers and individuals directly market their products and services to the consumer.

State Information and State Historic Preservation Office List

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.

Native Americans at Pow Wow Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Ecotourism Takes Off in the "Heart of Appalachia"

Appalachian Regional Commission.

In Appalachia Magazine, May-August 2001