Scenic overlook of the Loess Hills from Preparation Canyon State Park
One of the idyllic bridges of Madison County of literary and movie fame
Sunset stand-up paddleboard excursion on Gray’s Lake Park in Des Moines
Posing like Iowa native John Wayne at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset
Sharing a laugh on the Sky Tours Zipline in Dubuque
Family exploring Maquoketa Caves State Park
Shopping trip along a colorful Des Moines street
Cyclists tackle The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI)
The striking state capitol building in Des Moines
Boating Okoboji Lake, one of Iowa's Great Lakes and a paradise for water recreation
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.