Things to see and do in Iowa
Iowa Tourism OfficeAddress: 200 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
Telephone: 888 472 6035 or 515 725 3084
Attractions in Iowa
Travel through the Amana Colonies (www.amanacolonies.com), a cluster of seven villages of early German pietist immigrants along the Iowa River. Taste German dishes in local restaurants and tour museums, craft and woodworking shops, wine shops and even a microbrewery.
While exploring the state capital Des Moines see the 23 karat gold-leaf dome of the Capitol Building. Children will enjoy the Science Center of Iowa (www.sciowa.org), with its great selection of amusements, impressive laser shows and simulated space shuttle flights.
John Deer Tractor Factory
Join agricultural enthusiasts on a tour of the John Deer Tractor Factory in Waterloo, then cool off at the nearby Ice House Museum, where ice was once cut, stored and distributed.
Loose Hills Scenic Byway
Follow Iowa's two national scenic byways: the Loose Hills Scenic Byway along the Missouri River in western Iowa, and the Great River Road along the Mississippi River on Iowa's eastern border.
Drive under the covered bridges of Madison County (www.madisoncounty.com), made famous by the book of the same name. Pay tribute to the Duke while visiting John Wayne's birthplace in Winterset, Madison County.
Maquoketa Caves State Park
Explore caves and trails at Maquoketa Caves State Park, Iowa's most unique state park. Early Native American artifacts have been found in the caves. Camping and picnicking facilities are available.
National Balloon Museum
Head out of town to the National Balloon Museum in Indianola. Watch the sky fill with colourful hot air balloons during the National Balloon Classic (www.nationalballoonclassic.com) in August. Visit Iowa City (www.iowacitycoralville.org), dominated by the University of Iowa campus. Tour the beautiful Old Capitol building among the cluster of historic buildings called the Pentacrest. Museums include the Museum of Natural History and the Medical Museum in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.