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Dubuque

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57,146,22

Des Moines

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117,192,50

Iowa City

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120,192,9

Kalona

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21,45,2

Amana

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44,100,2

Cedar Rapids

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63,77,34

Sioux City

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34,103,18

Waterloo

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32,58,16

Winterset

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23,78,1

Clear Lake

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25,70,9

Council Bluffs

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24,38,25

Effigy Mounds National Monument

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11,23,0

Ames

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24,46,17

Muscatine

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20,57,8

Pella

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11,38,10

Okoboji

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4,5,4

Bellevue

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11,31,1

Ottumwa

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2,12,5

Dyersville

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8,29,4

Maquoketa Caves State Park

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0,2,0

Independence

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3,14,2

Mount Pleasant

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3,4,5

Creston

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1,4,3

Fairfield

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7,18,2

Lamoni

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8,23,1

Spirit Lake

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0,0,6

Bedford

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1,5,0

Carroll

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1,5,5

Cresco

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0,3,2

Greenfield

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1,5,0

Hamburg

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1,9,0

Hard Scratch

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Wheelerwood

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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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  • Fantastic Cab Experience

    Dubuque Things to Do

    I don't know about you but this is the most excellent cab service I've ever encountered. They have the coolest drivers in town, who are fun and friendly, and the cost didn't break my bank either. It's about time Dubuque has a good cab service that we can depend on.

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Des Moines

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  • Raccoon River Excursions

    Des Moines Things to Do

    Take a inner tube float trip down the Raccoon River with a group of your friends or family. You can bring a cooler full of your favorite beverages and snacks. River tubing trips range anywhere from 3 to 7 hours depending on the water levels in the river at the time. Buses will pick you up at your campsite in one of the local campgrounds or at a...

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  • Embassy Suites Hotel Des Moines-On The...

    Des Moines Hotels

    The Embassy Suites is just across the street from Des Moines City Hall, making it ideal for an...

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  • Fun!!

    Des Moines Things to Do

    Take a inner tube float trip down the Raccoon River with a group of your friends or family. You can bring a cooler full of your favorite beverages and snacks. River tubing trips range anywhere from 3 to 7 hours depending on the water levels in the river at the time. Buses will pick you up at your campsite in one of the local campgrounds or at a...

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Iowa City

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  • Cycling Around Town

    Iowa City Transportation

    Bicycling is very popular in Iowa in general, and Iowa City in particular. There are plenty of clubs that sponsor day rides and give out ribbons. There are fortunately, more investment in dedicated paths so cyclists don't have to fight for space.

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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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  • Mexican Awesome

    Iowa City Restaurants

    I have been here twice, and both times I ordered the Senor Burro, and it was the best burrito I have ever had. So I guess I can say this restaurant had some of the best mexican I ever tasted. They start you off with a generous helping of chips and salsa as well, which is always awesome. Another great aspect is that it is walking distance from...

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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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  • Listen to a German Band

    Amana Things to Do

    Volunteers living around the area come and play German style music to entertain the visitors. Thus, the band is very informal, as some must read music and others know their parts by heart. It's a family participatory entertainment.

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  • Clarion Inn Amana Colonies and...

    Amana Hotels

    Do not go to this place!! A week ago we were there and became violently ill within hours of being...

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  • Amana Gardens

    Amana Things to Do

    Many of the Amana Gardens bloom with flowers in summer, which is a great time to visit. The flowering gardens must have provided color for pioneers weary of the corn stalk. Of course, in the deep of winter, all of this is buried under snow.

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Cedar Rapids

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  • Greek

    Cedar Rapids Restaurants

    This is a fantastic Greek Restaurant and a CR institution. last time I was in town I believe they have changed this now to be more of a brew pub type place with less greek. I have not tried the new menu so can't comment. Lamb Chops

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  • Baymont Inn And Suites Cedar Rapids

    Cedar Rapids Hotels

    We came to town in an RV and it needed some service. We didn't find out until about 7 PM that we...

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  • Vietnamese

    Cedar Rapids Restaurants

    This nice little Vietnamese restaurant is on the north side of downtown. Parking is limited. The food is very good and very authentic however hours can be erratic as the place closes when the owners go on vacation.

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Sioux City

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  • Diamond Thai Restaurant

    Sioux City Restaurants

    The decor is rather chintzy but that does not matter. neither the owner or the waitress were friendly, they went about like robots with taking orders and bringing your food, wanted you to order more things. That aside, the quality of food is mediocre. It is something you can make at home, so why go there. The food was not that tasty. Would give it...

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  • Hilton Garden Inn Sioux City Riverfront

    Sioux City Hotels

    1132 LARSON PARK ROAD, Sioux City, Iowa, 51103, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • There are better Thai Restaurants

    Sioux City Restaurants

    The decor is rather chintzy but that does not matter. neither the owner or the waitress were friendly, they went about like robots with taking orders and bringing your food, wanted you to order more things.That aside, the quality of food is mediocre. It is something you can make at home, so why go there.The food was not that tasty. Would give it a...

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Waterloo

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  • More on Cedar River Bridges

    Waterloo Things to Do

    Here are a few more images of the Cedar River and bridges at Waterloo, IA. The Cedar River has been carefully controlled by the US Corps of Army Engineers, yet this river is famous for it's flooding.

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  • Hampton Inn Waterloo

    Waterloo Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • 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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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: Excellent

    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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Clear Lake

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  • Not Fade Away: The Surf Ballroom

    Clear Lake Things to Do

    Once upon a time ballrooms scattered across the country drew crowds from miles around to jump to the big bands of the 30’s and 40’s and early rock-and-roll groups traveling the dance-hall circuits. The Surf is one of the few survivors of that long-ago era, and one of even fewer to retain it’s original 1940’s appearance. Walking through the doors -...

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  • Microtel Clear Lake

    Clear Lake Hotels

    1305 N 25th St, Clear Lake, IA 50428

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • "A long, long time ago..."

    Clear Lake Things to Do

    We were having a bit of a problem locating the Surf so we asked a friendly looking local if he could point the way. After giving us directions, he said “Yeah, that plane went down in my Grandpa’s cornfield.” That cornfield just happened to be next on our agenda. Playing the Surf wasn’t on the Dance Party tour schedule, and flying to the next gig...

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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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  • Harrah's Council Bluffs

    Council Bluffs Hotels

    One Harrah's Blvd., Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51501, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • 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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Effigy Mounds National Monument

  • Fire Point Trail

    Effigy Mounds National Monument Things to Do

    We enjoyed this two mile hike in the North Unit of Effigy Mounds National Monument on an absolutely glorious spring morning. Although it is said to take about one hour, we took two, so we could soak up twice as much of this special place. There are 10 stops along the trail, beginning at the Visitor Center. These are marked and numbered with ground...

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  • Little Bear Effigy Mound

    Effigy Mounds National Monument Things to Do

    This mound, outlined in small pebbles, represents a four-legged animal that is facing downriver, as are many of the other effigy mounds in this region. Very few effigy mounds were used for burials and therefore probably had some other symbolic or ceremonial purpose. No burials have been found in this mound, but a fire pit was located in the "heart"...

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  • Fire Point

    Effigy Mounds National Monument Things to Do

    Between Little Bear/Great Bear and Fire Point, there is a long row of conical mounds. These round mounds are by far the most prevalent in the park. They almost lead like an arrow to Fire Point. At this point in the hike, you can gaze over the fence to look at the Mighty Mississippi. We were here in the fall and the colors were very pretty. The best...

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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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  • Holiday Inn Express Suites Ames

    Ames Hotels

    2600 E. 13Th Street, Ames, Iowa, 50010, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • 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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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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Pella

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  • Get some Bokkepootjes

    Pella Shopping

    The shop on the outside like you would find in historic Netherlands or in Amsterdam Canal house. The frontage goes down from the center like double stairs.Inside you'll find a counter on your left in the middle and along the walls are all kinds of dutch products, like soup, drop, cookies and more...The family has been baking for Pella since 1899...

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  • Comfort Inn & Suites

    Pella Hotels

    910 W. 16th, US 163 exit 40, Pella, Iowa, 50219, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Tour the Vermeer Mill

    Pella Things to Do

    This mill was completed in July 2002 and is now an eyecatcher in the historic village. You won't find a larger working windmill in the whole of the US. The mill was constructed in parts in the Netherlands by the Lukas Verbij firm from Hoogmade. It was then assembled by two dutch craftsmen on location in Pella.The grain mills from the 1850's in the...

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