Iowa Travel Guide

Browse 85 travel reviews, 36 travel blogs and 1,580 travel photos from real travelers to Iowa.

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Often referred to as the American Heartland, Iowa is a Midwestern state whose name is derived from the Ioway tribe of Native Americans who occupied the region during the earliest European exploration days. While it was originally part of New France, the land was transformed into the Corn Belt region after the Louisiana Purchase, which led to this state becoming known as the “Food Capital of the World” due to its various grains and agriculture. In the 21st century, however, Iowa’s agriculture has become diversified to the point that the state is now known for being a leader in biotechnology and green energy production, and the state is considered one of the safest to live in the entire U.S.

Bordered by the Mississippi River, the Missouri River, and the Big Sioux River, Iowa is known for its vast open spaces which are perfect for growing grains, and for dense vegetation and forests, as well as lush river valleys and wetlands, with over 60% of the state being used to grow crops. The natural beauty of Iowa is unparalleled, and anyone who takes the time to branch out from the capital city of Des Moines will get an up close and personal view. However, tornadoes are quite common in the spring and summer months, so be wary when traveling.

Iowa's history dates back hundreds of years and even more, but with most of the country being designated as farmland, Des Moines is really the only economic center within the state. Iowa City is ranked second, due to being the home of the University of Iowa and the world-famous Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Western Iowa is generally considered the most scenic, with the Iowa Great Lakes having several resort areas, as well as Council Bluffs, which sits at the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway and is one of the most beautiful areas in the entire U.S.

Des Moines #1 most popular location
Hometown of the mighty Bill Bryson!!! 'I come from Des Moines. Someone had to.' The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson
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Cedar Rapids #2 most popular location
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Davenport #3 most popular location
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Ames #4 most popular location
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Dubuque #5 most popular location
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Council Bluffs #6 most popular location
Overview: Council Bluffs is a city located in southwestern Iowa resting on the Missouri River border with Nebraska. With a popultion of over 55,000, Council Bluffs forms part of a metropoli…
12travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Sioux City #7 most popular location
Overview: Sioux City, Iowa is located in northwestern Iowa and shares its borders with North Sioux City, South Dakota and South Sioux City, Nebraska. With a population of over 80,000, Sioux…
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Waterloo #8 most popular location
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Iowa City #9 most popular location
The best summary of Iowa City is a typical Midwestern college town. There are some great cheap places to eat, bar specials every night, and always a college atmosphere. Any night of the week,…
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Mason City #10 most popular location
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Urbandale #11 most popular location
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Cedar Falls #12 most popular location
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Clear Lake #13 most popular location
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Altoona #14 most popular location
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Bettendorf #15 most popular location
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Dyersville #16 most popular location
Dyersville is a small agricultural town in Iowa. There are two nice reasons to visit this comunity. The St Francis Basilica is located here. And beautifully restored and maintained church.…
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Okoboji #17 most popular location
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Keokuk #18 most popular location
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Osceola #19 most popular location
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Pella #20 most popular location
Pella is a small Iowan town founded by Dutch immigrants in 1847. It is the site of the annual Tulip Time Festival home of America's tallest functional Windmill. Pella is also the hometown for…
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Winterset #21 most popular location
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Algona #22 most popular location
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Le Claire #23 most popular location
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Missouri Valley #24 most popular location
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Webster City #25 most popular location
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McGregor #26 most popular location
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Grundy Center #27 most popular location
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Sergeant Bluff #28 most popular location
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Atlantic #29 most popular location
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Brooklyn #30 most popular location
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Moravia #31 most popular location
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Independence #32 most popular location
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Avoca #33 most popular location
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Rockford #34 most popular location
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Percival #35 most popular location
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Gladbrook #36 most popular location
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Arnolds Park #37 most popular location
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Eldon #38 most popular location
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Madrid #39 most popular location
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What Cheer #40 most popular location
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Manly #41 most popular location
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Rose Hill #42 most popular location
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Guthrie Center #43 most popular location
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Portsmouth #44 most popular location
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