Sandwiched in between two rivers on its east and west borders, Iowa is a state characterized by fertile plains and old-world farms. Experience classic Americana in the form of bald eagles soaring through the sky and covered bridges traversing rivers lined with forests. For a slice of authentic America, visit the rural and welcoming “Hawkeye State.”
The state is named after the Ioway Indians who inhabited the region for over a millennium before French explorers landed here in the 1600s. Browse the displays of the State Historical Museum of Iowa to learn about its accession to statehood in 1846 and its history ever since.
Explore Iowa’s cities for a variety of museums and galleries. Dubuque has the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, documenting the biology and industry associated with the grand river. Cedar Rapids offers the African American Museum of Iowa while the state capital, Des Moines, has the State Historical Museum and the Science Center of Iowa, a great destination for families.
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Embrace the beauty of nature in different pockets of Iowa’s countryside. Stroll through the Loess Hills for undemanding walks that lead to stunning views. Trek along rivers and cliffs in scenic Ledges State Park.
In the south-central region, cross the cinematic Bridges of Madison County. These covered rail and road bridges are inherently romantic and can be visited on a self-guided tour.
Fly into Des Moines International Airport for access to the rest of the state. Travel around in a car, enjoying one of the nine scenic byways that weave throughout the state. Iowa comes to life in