Welcome to the Iola Area
The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism would like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors, from those discovering the Iola Community for the first time to our repeat guests who enjoy visiting time and time again. Our beautiful historic homes, unique shops, mouthwatering restaurants, lovely parks, walking trails, rich history and historic sites make Iola and the surrounding areas a great place to visit!
Founded in 1859, Iola is the County Seat of Allen County, and is centered at the crossroads of 54 and 169 highways, nestled just between the Flint Hills to the west and the Ozarks to the southeast. We hope you'll find Iola's quaint hometown friendliness and treasurers enchanting. Its centralized location within southeast Kansas makes Iola an ideal place to live, work, and play.
• 100 Mi. South of Kansas City
• 115 Mi. East of Wichita
• 143 Mi. North of Tulsa
• 99 Mi. West of Joplin
Iola is home to the largest Downtown Square in the United States featuring buildings of early architectural design that are well kept, painted and updated. The square boasts a variety of retail shopping, restaurants, and businesses. At the center of the square is our Allen County Courthouse, preserved historic courthouse clock and the Memorial Wall honoring all of the Allen County Veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Kansas National Guard of all wars. Make sure to take time to walk the historic square - 3 times around equals a mile.
Let Iola's Fearless Fred Trolley show you what Iola has to offer. Or enjoy our great outdoors by riding on one of Thrive Allen County’s courtesy bicycles (for free) and explore the trails in Iola and outside Iola. The fun doesn’t stop there. Explore the adventures of Major General Funston, enjoy the excitement of Iola’s Farm City Days celebration, sightsee the downtown nostalgic Christmas Holiday activities, Christmas Lights Tour, Santa House, Gingerbread Walk, the Iola Free Public Library, Allen County Historical Society Museum, Iola Community Theater and Bowlus Fine Arts productions, Kiwanis Easter Egg hunts, Old Jail Museum and quaint Shopping options all over town! Stop by the Chamber at 205 E. Madison inside the east entrance of the Bowlus to get information about these hot spots and more in town and the surrounding areas.
Visitors always tell us, "Iola is a trip worth making!"