Iowa Travel Guide

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Iowa Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful landscapes, rugged Bluffs along the Mississippi 

  • Con
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     Not Enough Time to Tour All of It 

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     Full of friendly folk, with more things to do than you think 

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Des Moines

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119,190,50

Iowa City

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100,161,9

Dubuque

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52,128,22

Cedar Rapids

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55,77,34

Muscatine

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20,57,8

Sioux City

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33,99,18

Waterloo

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30,58,16

Kalona

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21,45,2

Amana

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41,100,2

Council Bluffs

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24,38,25

Ames

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24,46,17

Winterset

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23,78,1

Bettendorf

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7,5,9

Okoboji

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4,5,4

Bellevue

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11,31,1

Burlington

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7,4,10

Clear Lake

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25,70,9

Davenport

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4,48,24

Ottumwa

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2,12,5

Decorah

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8,5,9

Independence

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3,14,2

Pella

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11,38,10

Spirit Lake

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0,0,6

Fort Dodge

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7,8,12

Lamoni

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8,23,1

Clinton

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4,20,10

Coralville

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2,10,18

Maquoketa Caves State Park

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0,2,0

Pikes Peak State Park

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1,4,0

Sutliff

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1,5,0

Waverly

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3,4,7

Cedar Falls

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11,11,11

Effigy Mounds National Monument

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11,23,0

Urbandale

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7,8,8

Adair

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1,1,3

Anamosa

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0,4,2

Boone

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1,18,3

Cedar Rock State Park

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5,24,0

Dow City

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2,7,0

Eldon

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2,18,0

Fairfield

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7,18,2

Grinnell

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0,0,8

Guttenberg

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1,2,0

Hamburg

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1,9,0

Linn Grove

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7,12,1

Maquoketa

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3,5,5

Mason City

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2,1,7

Orange City

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1,21,1

Quasqueton

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3,5,0

Rock Rapids

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1,5,0

Storm Lake

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0,0,4

Tabor

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4,8,0

West Bend

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4,21,1

West Branch

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10,17,2

West Des Moines

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2,1,13

Des Moines

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Iowa City

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  • Natural History Museum

    Iowa City Things to Do

    One of the other buildings on the Pentacrest, MacBride Hall, houses the rather wonderful Natural History Museum.My camera battery decided to die just as I entered, so I'm afraid I cannot share with you the joys of the Mammal Hall, the Giant Sloth or the magnificent Hageboek Hall of Birds...but believe me when I say that spending an hour or so...

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  • Sheraton Iowa City Hotel

    Iowa City Hotels

    my family stayed during Jazz festival..we were tickled to be staying at a Sheraton for the first...

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  • Visit the Old Capitol

    Iowa City Things to Do

    I cannot say I am hugely knowledgeable about US history, but I did enjoy my wander around Iowa City's pride & joy...the Old Capitol building on the Pentacrest.The building originally dates from 1839, when it was *the* state capitol. It only became the 'old' capitol when the state capitol moved to Des Moines, in 1849.The Old Capitol then functioned...

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Dubuque

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  • 4th Street Elevator

    Dubuque Things to Do

    For the most spectacular view of Dubuque (not to mention neighboring Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as the Mississippi River) go up the Fenelon Street Elevator off of Bluff Street and Fourth Street in downtown Dubuque. The elevator travels up a very steep hill, via cable, to Fenelon Street, where there a wonderful panoramic view awaits. If the day...

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  • Hampton Inn Dubuque

    Dubuque Hotels

    This hotel was torn down in 2006. A new Hampton Inn is in its place.

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  • Learning to ski at Sundown-Great Ski...

    Dubuque Things to Do

    A water skier trying to learn to snowski isn't easy for either the skier or instructor by luckily for me I ended up at Sundown for my inaugural run.I was fortunate to have a group ski lesson with Dennis but even more fortunate to meet his wife and fellow instructor, Valetta, with whom I booked a private lesson later. There is a definite talent to...

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Cedar Rapids

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Muscatine

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  • Famous Quilt Shop

    Muscatine Shopping

    This tip was written by my traveling partner, Jill Martin, the quilterThe Cotton Shop in Muscatine, Iowa, is bright and busy; hanging quilts help divide the large open space into areas featuring baby quilt fabrics, fabrics by certain designers, flannels, brights, and reproduction fabric. The shop workers design some of their own quilts and also...

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  • Fairfield Inn By Marriott Muscatine,...

    Muscatine Hotels

    305 Cleveland St, Muscatine, IA 52761

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Drive Along the Great River Road

    Muscatine Things to Do

    Since the Great River Road follows the Mighty Mississippi River, it's an excellent way to soak up the scenic beauty of the area.The Great River Road is the longest parkway in the world [5,600 mile byway stretching from Kenora, Ontario, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana]A Muscatine native named Charles Young spent most of his life to the...

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Sioux City

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  • Sergeant Floyd

    Sioux City Things to Do

    The Sergeant Floyd was launched at the Howard Shipyards of Jeffersonville, Indiana on May 31, 1932. She was purchased by the U.S. Government for the Army Corps of Engineers. Her mission was light towing, survey and inspection work on the inland waterways under the jurisdiction of the Missouri River Division of the Corps of Engineers. It serves as a...

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  • Stoney Creek Inn

    Sioux City Hotels

    300 3rd Street, Sioux City, Iowa, 51101, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Sgt. Floyd's Grave

    Sioux City Things to Do

    This 100 ft tall obelisk commemorates the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the only member to die during the journey, Sergeant Charles Floyd, Jr.Writing in his diary on July 31st, Floyd noted, "I am verry sick and has ben for Sometime but have Recovered my helth again." However, this quick recovery was followed by a turn for the worse. The night...

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Waterloo

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  • Things to do at University of Northern...

    Waterloo Off The Beaten Path

    The University of Northern Iowa has serveral things to offer.The UNI Dome hosts a lot of various events. It is located on the west side of the UNI campus. UNI is located on the west side of Cedar Falls.The Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center is located on the UNI campus too. This week George Carlin was there for example.Sometimes there are...

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  • Hampton Inn Waterloo

    Waterloo Hotels

    2034 La Porte, Waterloo, Iowa, 50702, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Grout Science Museum and Statue of...

    Waterloo Things to Do

    The Grout Science Museum, on 4th street near the river, is a well endowed touch and experience museum that unfortunately was closed when I arrived. It is actually part of 4 museums in Waterloo's Grout Museum District. The Boys Scouts erected a painted concrete replica of the State of Liberty in a plaza on the west side if Cedar River.

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Kalona

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  • Wander the town and follow the quilt...

    Kalona Things to Do

    If it hadn't been so hot we would have done much more of this.Although the buildings are not especially old, they are still interesting...as is looking into the various shop windows.The 'quilt pattern trail' laid in the pavements (sidewalks) would be good to follow (get the info from the Visitor Centre, which was closed when we arrived)...You could...

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  • Pull'R Inn Motel Kalona

    Kalona Hotels

    110 E Ave, Hwy 1 And 22, KALONA, IA, 52247

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

  • Very nice ice-cream...

    Kalona Restaurants

    Yotty's ice-cream is next door to Yotty's Hardware, on what I considered to be Kalona's 'main street'.The ice-cream is really rather good, soft and swirly and in a variety of flavours. I believe it is 'home-made' but i think (*think*) this simply means they use their own machine to swirl up the mix rather than buying ready-made ice-cream. My...

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Amana

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Council Bluffs

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  • A Nice Stop For Coffee

    Council Bluffs Restaurants

    A nice little spot to stop for a light lunch or breakfast. They have nice coffee and the staff was friendly. It is also located right on the bike/walking path that runs through Council Bluffs.There is a nice outside sitting area. It was comfortable and shady during the morning even in July. We stop here for coffee and a pastry in the morning.

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  • Hilton Garden Inn Omaha East/Council...

    Council Bluffs Hotels

    2702 Mid America Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51501, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Walk The Bob Kerry Bridge Over The...

    Council Bluffs Things to Do

    In 2008 the Bob Kerry pedestrian bridge was opened and connected the towns of Omaha and Concil Bluffs. It makes for a very pleasant outing. It is beautiful and interesting. The grade is easy and has nice views. There is a park at each end.We have done this in the evening a few times and each time it has been good for people watching and a nice end...

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Ames

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  • Decent Mexican Food

    Ames Restaurants

    $11 as of August 2013. This restaurant looked pretty good inside and out with dark wood and bright colors. I ordered the Enchiladas Supremas (4 enchiladas; one beef, one chicken, one bean and one cheese) which was above average. Service was good and efficient but too mechanical and not that friendly. They did not make me feel welcome. Hours are 10...

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  • Best Western University Park Inn &...

    Ames Hotels

    2500 Elwood Dr, (formerly Baymont Inn & Suites), Ames, Iowa, 50010, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • This Ain't No Ordinary Pizza (their...

    Ames Restaurants

    We first saw this place on Man Vs. Food (yes the show with Adam Richman!) and figured since we had lived in Ames for a few years and never heard of it, we should give it a try. Location is a little north of campus in the Somerset area. It was a nice quiet area, not highly trafficked like campustown or downtown. We actually drove past it the first...

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Winterset

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  • Marion Morrison's birthplace

    Winterset Things to Do

    On May 26, 1907, Clyde and Mary Morrison were blessed with the birth of a baby boy, whom they named Marion. The Morrison family was neither wealthy nor famous. Clyde was a pharmacist who worked in several Central Iowa locations during his career after attending Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. His son later described him as "the kindest, most...

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  • Super 8 Motel Winterset

    Winterset Hotels

    1312 Cedar Ridge Road, Winterset, IA 50273

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • John Wayne's Birth Place

    Winterset Things to Do

    Legendary film actor John Wayne was born as Marion Robert Morrison in this modest house in 1907. The home has been restored to its 1907 appearance with authentic furnishings, and features memorabilia from John Wayne's career. Guided tours available. A new John Wayne Museum adjacent to the birth home is in the funding and planning process.

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Bettendorf

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Okoboji

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  • Lunching Lakeside

    Okoboji Restaurants

    A wonderful view, with the restaurant overlooking the lakeJune 2008 Signature Crab Cakes - $12Pan Seared Sirloin of Lamb with Sweet Potato - $32.Too full for desert!

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  • Americinn Of Okoboji

    Okoboji Hotels

    1005 BROOKS PARK DRIVE, Okoboji, IA 51355

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Munching at Minerva’s

    Okoboji Restaurants

    Minerva’s Restaurant & Bar is part of the Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center. The restaurant holds Weekly Action Station Specials including Art of Pasta, every Tuesday night (the night we were there); Zen of Stir Fry, every Thursday night; and a Sunday Breakfast Extravaganza.May 2010 Filet Mignon - $27.00Crème Brûlée - $5.50

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Bellevue

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  • Spectacular View From Fast Food...

    Bellevue Restaurants

    Although I usually don't even eat at fast foot restaurants, Jill and I could not resist eating at the Subway Restaurant in Bellevue, Iowa! It's location is really incredible: right on the Mississippi River where you can see Bellevue Lock and Dam Number 12!The photograph shows the beautiful large deck that this restaurant has. Because Jill cannot...

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  • Mont Rest Inn

    Bellevue Hotels

    One of the reasons I was interested in visiting Bellevue, Iowa, is because I'd heard so much about...

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  • Chamber of Commerce

    Bellevue Favorites

    The first thing that Jill and I did when we entered Bellevue was to find the chamber of Commerce. It's quite each since it's right on the main street, North Riverview Street.The woman who helped us was so kind. She pointed out the Dam and Lock, the location for the State Park, information about the Butterfly Garden, Places to Eat, and the Riverside...

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