|We’ve been doing this a long time – since 1954, in fact. And during that time we are proud to say we have learned a lot. The result is that, today, we can confidently state that we have a fleet of motorcoaches that is unmatched anywhere in the Midwest, and a staff of drivers and support personnel that is second-to-none.
1954 – Hawkeye Stages is born, with the purchase of operating authority and used coaches from Waterloo Stages.
1956 – First tour conducted, with 2 buses traveling to California at the end of December to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes play Oregon in the 1957 Rose Bowl, which the Hawkeyes won.
1960s – Expansion! Purchased bus companies in Oelwein and Mason City
1964 — The company launches our highly successful Student Educational Tour division
1977 – Received Interstate Commerce Commission authority to completely plan tours. Previously tours had to be planned through a licensed broker..
1994 – Suspended operation of final regularly scheduled “run”. Hawkeye Stages had provided daily routes across the northeast half of Iowa.
2002 – Expanded into Central Iowa (Marshalltown) with purchase of operation previously known as Marshall Coaches.
2008 – More expansion! 13 coaches and the tour business know as Northland Travel purchased from Northwest Iowa Transportation. Operations expanded to Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Waterloo, allowing Hawkeye Stages and its tour companies to fully serve all of Iowa, southern Minnesota and south west Wisconsin.
Today – Still family owned, Hawkeye Stages is more than 60 years old! Operations have expanded to Newton, Iowa and we continue to look for creative ways to extend motorcoach travel to new markets, offer travel planning services and more. In effort to reduce our impact on the environment, our offices are going green by installing solar arrays and geothermal technology.