Rustic barn on a working farm on the Iowa countryside
The Center Street Pedestrian Bridge in Des Moines illuminated at night
Ice wall climber scaling a silo
Reiman Botanical Gardens in Ames
Ornamental balconies at the State Law Library
The University of Iowa campus
The Des Moines skyline
Riverboat Twilight rides on the Mississippi River
Off-beat attractions and iconic landmarks
Plot a trip through America’s Heartland using Iowa’s estimated 1,900 kilometers of trails. About 10,000 cyclists ride in RAGBRAI, short for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Race Across Iowa, a seven-day event in July.
Enjoy river cruises along the Missouri and Mississippi, go whitewater rafting at Riverfront Park in Charles City, and view bald eagles from Mosquito Park in Burlington. Visit a family farm in Dyersville, where the baseball classic “Field of Dreams” was filmed. Still star struck? Don’t forget about “State Fair,” the 1930s love story that was inspired by the annual Iowa State Fair.
Artist Grant Wood – known for the iconic “American Gothic,” depicting a woman standing next to a man holding a pitchfork with a farmhouse behind them – was born in Iowa. Cedar Rapids Museum of Art has the largest collection of his work. Pose for a photo at the home and studio he used from 1924 to 1934.
Iowa’s roadside attractions reflect its agricultural heritage. Albert the Bull, the world’s largest bull statue (41 metric tons, 9 meters tall) has been in Audubon since 1964. In Shelby, see a steel sculpture of a corn stalk that is 23 meters tall.
Iowa is home to “the most crooked street in the world” – Snake Alley in Burlington.
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Nearly a quarter of a million people live in Des Moines, Iowa’s state capital and most-populous city. This energetic Midwestern hub is packed with shopping, live entertainment, visual arts and much more.View more