A travel guide to Iowa, United States of America providing Iowa tourism and travel information.
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Overview

Iowa is a travel destination overflowing with sincere friendliness and hospitality, interesting historic sites, modern cities and gorgeous countryside. Perfect for nature lovers, the state presents hundreds of thousands of acres of beautifully managed woodlands, grasslands, and prairies. The state also promotes cultural and civic development with a restoration initiative for historic commercial districts. Over 45 communities are involved, called Iowa's “Main Street Communities,” and offer renovated historical sites and National Historic Register Architecture, great shopping, and culturally rich neighborhoods. Iowa is well-known for its scenic landscapes and historical routes that make up the state's system of Scenic Byways.

In the northern part of Iowa, venture to a dazzling miracle grotto created from rocks and gemstones, ride a Ferris wheel to the top and take in views of a stunning glacial lake, and take part in traditional Dutch culture at a tulip festival. The Big Sioux River in this area provides hundreds of acres of parks, wetlands and trails for public recreation. Nearby activities include golf, camping, swimming, boating, fishing, shopping, and much more. In Akron, visit the historic Opera House and Akron Area Museum. The Big Sioux river Trail, the paved City Trail, and the easily accessible Prairie Trail all lead hikers through Akron and the surrounding countryside.

Iowa's resort area includes the communities of Arnolds Park, Milford, Spirit Lake, and West Okoboji. This region is famous for plenty of recreational activities including water sports in the summer and the University of Okoboji Winter Games during the colder months.  Visitors to the area also enjoy art, theater events, fabulous eateries, horseback riding and scores of other family activities. The options for accommodation here are endless and include everything from primitive camping to top notch exclusive resorts. The Okoboji Spirit Center is home to an Iowa Welcome Center, the Maritime Museum and the Hedberg Theater.

Travel Iowa's southern region which has a peaceful, slow-paced atmosphere. Enjoy music festivals and scenic bike trails through gently rolling prairie. Take a stroll around charming historic districts settled along cobblestone streets, shop for antiques and savor unique dining experiences. Explore local museums and celebrations. Des Moines, the state capital, is home to Living History Farms, the celebrated Iowa State Fair, and dozens of exciting activities for families. Beautiful Blank Park Zoo, the Science Center of Iowa, and the State Historical Museum are all good choices for children. Art lovers should not miss the impressive Des Moines Art Center. Fairfield, one of Iowa's more interesting and cosmopolitan towns, features a diverse array of attractions, including numerous festivals, art walks, international cuisine, abundant entertainment and recreation options, and a commitment to sustainable living. Fairfield is home to the Maharishi University of Management, a world renowned Ayurvedic Health Spa, and countless art galleries and unique restaurants. For an unforgettable evening, plan to spend a few hours at the Vedic Observatory in Maharishi Vedic City. This open-air observatory is composed of 10 stone sundials and is the only observatory in the world able to display in one simple form the entire structure of the universe and all the movements of all the heavenly bodies, using instruments based on an ancient tradition.

Iowa's neighboring states are Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Wisconsin, South Dakota.


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