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    Go to the Grotto in West Bend....

    by meta4r Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to the Grotto in West Bend. Made from millions of crystals and gems it is the eighth wonder of the world. From the brochure,... The Grotto of the Redemption is a composite of nine seperate grottos, each portraying a scene in the life of Christ and His work of redeeming the world. ....it is the largest Grotto in the world.. ..frequently considered 'the eighth wonder of the world' It represents the largest collection of minerals and petrification concentrated in any one spot in the world. ... Father Paul Dobberstein started construction on the Grotto in 1912. For 42 years he labored, winter and summer, setting ornamental rocks and gems into concrete. At the time of his death in 1954, his incredible Grotto of the Redemption covered one city block.

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  • You hafta go to the rodeos and...

    by Jerry-Harris Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: You hafta go to the rodeos and to Cedar Falls-Waterlo, the coolest place to hang-out! Not too big, but it isn't small either!

    Fondest memory: Well, we moved here 3 yaers ago, in July, but these people, especially my friends, fun and friendly... Just reach out and meet new people!

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    Find a place to have a steak...

    by shutter_hunt Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: Find a place to have a steak dinner. Having traveled from coast to coast I have found that our pride in our locally grown beef is justified.

    Fondest memory: Growing up in the Upper Mississippi River Valley will always be the first thing that comes to mind when speaking of my native state.

    While a farm state, Iowa is also a land between two rivers. Not just any rivers but two of the world's great flows. As a tandem the Mississippi and Missouri form the greatest drainage basin on the planet.

    No trip to Iowa would be complete without taking in a strech of the Great River Road along it's eastern border.

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  • find something to do. Went to...

    by kahiwa Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: find something to do. Went to Des Moines for a convention. Lots of flat land. A local resident took four of us on a tour of the Bridges of Madison County. Took pictures. Time to leave.

    Fondest memory: There was a great Chinese restaurant just across the street from our funky 'art deco' hotel (don't stay there). Great food. Also heard rave reviews for the Iowa Steakhouse.

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    TheFish's General Tip

    by TheFish Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: my fondest memory of iowa... well that would have to be when we were driving through, as i mentioned above, and stopped at a rest stop. next to the vending machines was a notice and a box. the notice said: if you have any questions or concerns regarding this vending machines, please fill out a card and drop it in the box.' below that it said, 'vending machines operated by the Iowa Blind Society'

    now this poses several good questions.
    one, what are blind people doing driving to rest stops to fill vending machines?

    two, if you put a comment on the little card, how are they going to read it?

    three, imagine the difficulties of refilling a vending machine when you can't see if it's empty in the first place... granted, it's not as difficult as the driving bit but still...

    i took a picture of the sign... and i could have sworn i'd scanned it at one point. when i find it i'll put it up here.

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    I grew up in Iowa ..there...

    by traveler_007 Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: I grew up in Iowa ..there really is a lot to see and do here.. the amanas have german food thats cooked family style thats very good! Iowa city is an Interesing place with lots of cultural activitys, des moines has the Iowa state fair thats the best in the land..(aug 8th-on) the northeast part of the state is beautiful and hilly ( near the house on the rock)

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  • meet the people. I find the...

    by kris_anne_01 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: meet the people. I find the people here to be very friendly and inviting. There is not much diversity, but still everyone is welcome. The Living History Farms are interesting, and there is always a neat bit of history behind every little town in Iowa. You just have to look for it sometimes.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Iowa is when I knew that it was 'home'. I moved from Colorado, and after going on vacations I would actually find myself anxious to be home. I never thought that I would like it here, but have realized that it is an ideal location to raise a family.

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  • see our 'Snake Alley',it's...

    by alicetoo Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: see our 'Snake Alley',it's called the crookedest street in the world.It's all brick and can be driven down in good weather.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Iowa would have to be The Mississippi River.The Ole Muddy Mississippi as our old timers call it,=-) and Muddy it is! I miss 'My Ocean' when i'm away from Iowa.I also miss all the cornfields.

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  • alicetoo's General Tip

    by alicetoo Written Aug 24, 2002

    Fondest memory: When i am away from Iowa the thing that i
    miss the most is all the farmland,the
    cornfields rippling in the wind,the
    sunsets on the Mississippi river and the
    fact that you can see forever into the
    sunset.It's so beautiful!

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    Dubuque's Crystal Lake Caves

    by seagoingJLW Updated Jan 17, 2003

    Favorite thing: Visit Crystal Lake Caves in Dubuque. There is a three quarter mile well-lit passageway with intricate formations and an underground lake. There is a rare form of cave crystal called an athodite.

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    13 year old Ruth on...

    by Ekahau Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: 13 year old Ruth on International food day

    Fondest memory: Oh such wonderful people all would spend time to talk with this strange person from another world.

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