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Iowa Vacation Packages

See corn as high as an elephant’s eye and eat tender grain-fed pork from this Midwest U.S. state.

Iowa is bounded by the Mississippi River on the east and Missouri River on the west, with 300 miles (480 kilometers) of fertile farmland in between. Enjoy seeing the agricultural richness across the state. 

Des Moines is both the state capital and a cultural center. Visit the Des Moines Art Center to see works by national and international artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore the outdoor installations of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. For a unique twist on a botanical garden, visit the Better Homes and Gardens’ Test Garden; the plant arrangements you see may later appear in the magazine.

Spend several days in August at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines for one of the country’s largest state fairs. Play on the midway, cheer on your favorites at a tractor pull, listen to big-name musicians and see prize-winning livestock close-up. Watch sheep being shorn, cows being milked and eggs hatching. You may even see the birth of a calf, lamb or piglet. On top of all that, look for the life-sized cow sculpture fashioned out of butter or taste the unusual preparation of deep-fried butter.

Dubuque showcases its location on the Mississippi River with the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Experience its touch pool, wetland trail, riverboat museum and a working dredge. Go to Eagle Point Park for some of the best views of the mighty Mississippi. 

Bring kids of all ages to the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, west of Dubuque, to see models of farm vehicles from historical times to the present. In early June during the Summer Farm Toy Show, hundreds of collectors come to the town to trade and sell these toys. Watch the big parade of full-size tractors and other vehicles. Farther west, in Waterloo, take a tour by trolley of the John Deere Tractor Assembly Plant.

See some of Iowa’s cultural diversity in Cedar Rapids with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and the African American Museum of Iowa.


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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Des Moines West, IA

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Des Moines West, IA

1350 Nw 118th St, Clive
4.4
of 5, from 931 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Mercy Medical Center West Lakes and within 3 mi (5 km) of Clive Aquatic Center and Valley West Mall. Living History Farms is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

$132
Des Lux Hotel

Des Lux Hotel

800 Locust St, Des Moines
4.6
of 5, from 431 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Court Avenue Entertainment District, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ruan Center and Science Center of Iowa. Des Moines Botanical Center and Iowa State Capitol Building are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$60
Baymont Inn & Suites Iowa City/Coralville

Baymont Inn & Suites Iowa City/Coralville

200 6th Street, Coralville
3.7
of 5, from 979 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Coralville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coralville VA Care Clinic and Carver-Hawkeye Arena. University of Iowa and Kinnick Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$129
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City

111 3rd Street, Sioux City
4.6
of 5, from 154 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Sioux City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tyson Event Center, Sioux City Art Center, and Sioux City Convention Center. The Sioux City Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$76
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Omaha Airport

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Omaha Airport

2210 Abbott Dr, Carter Lake
4.1
of 5, from 1,114 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Creighton University. Freedom Park Navy Museum and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$74
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Waterloo, IA

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Waterloo, IA

4025 Hammond Ave, Waterloo
4.2
of 5, from 434 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the Strip, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of South Hills Golf Course, Lost Island Waterpark, and Grout Museum of History. Five Sullivan Brother Convention Center and Phelps Youth Pavilion are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$63
Sterling Hotel and Suites

Sterling Hotel and Suites

11428 Forest Ave, Clive
3.6
of 5, from 1,689 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Clive Aquatic Center, Valley West Mall, and Mercy Medical Center West Lakes. Living History Farms is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

$108
Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown

Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown

201 E. Locust Street, Des Moines
4.7
of 5, from 174 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historic East Village, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater, Des Moines Botanical Center, and Iowa State Capitol Building. Science Center of Iowa is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

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