Visiting Iowa

Perhaps to dispel its corn-y reputation, Iowa embraces other claims to fame. Life imitates art in the Music Man Square in Mason City, thanks to the movie’s actual set pieces, and film buffs can take a swing on the Field of Dreams. Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa, the famed Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, while Waterloo is home to the family-fun hotspot, Lost Island Water Park. Living history museums abound in the Hawkeye State, including Urbandale’s Living History Farms, charting 300 years of rural Midwestern life, and the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah.

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Perhaps to dispel its corn-y reputation, Iowa embraces other claims to fame. Life imitates art in the Music Man Square in Mason City, thanks to the movie’s actual set pieces, and film buffs can take a swing on the Field of Dreams. Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa, the famed Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, while Waterloo is home to the family-fun hotspot, Lost Island Water Park. Living history museums abound in the Hawkeye State, including Urbandale’s Living History Farms, charting 300 years of rural Midwestern life, and the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants , and things to do, browse amazing photos ; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Iowa

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Okoboji: In shut down mode

Written by two cruisers on 13 Nov, 2013

We had a time-share week to use but a limited budget, so we looked for a place within a day’s drive of home. We chose a place on West Lake Okoboji and our visit was out of season in October. True, many activities are…Read More


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Quasqueton: Frank Lloyd Wright in a Field

Written by two cruisers on 13 Nov, 2013

Just 90 minutes from Dubuque, 40 minutes from Waterloo and an hour drive from Cedar Rapids you will find a jewel in the prairie. In 1945 Lowell Walter asked Frank Lloyd Wright to design a summer home for Lowell and his wife. He…Read More


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Galena: Steeped in History and Saturated with Shops

Written by two cruisers on 13 Nov, 2013

Galena, Illinois is rooted in the lead mining industry. US Grant was one of nine Civil War generals who had connections to Galena. The town’s most prosperous era lined the streets with lovely brick and stone buildings. Located in the picturesque hilly NW corner of…Read More


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Dubuque: River and Bluffs

Written by two cruisers on 13 Nov, 2013

Dubuque is an old river town. It is so old, it dates back to the first explorers of the area. Lead mining, river traffic, timber and manufacturing have developed the city. However two strong influences in the community are religion (11 Catholic churches alone) and…Read More


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Cedar Rapids: Immigrant Pride

Written by two cruisers on 13 Nov, 2013

Flood Museum:Cedar Rapids is famous for Quaker Oats, Ashton Kutcher and having its city government located on an island in the Cedar River. That is until 2008. That was the year of the great flood. After that the city government decamped to higher ground. At…Read More


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Not Everyone's Idea of a Day Trip - Part One

Written by MilwVon on 18 Sep, 2013

As I mentioned in this journal's intro, this was a day trip that encompassed 525 miles round trip from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally I had envisioned this being my next travel journal in my Wisconsin Series . . . "The Wisconsin Series: Road Trips from…Read More


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Not Everyone's Idea of a Day Trip - Part Two

Written by MilwVon on 18 Sep, 2013

Part Two - ContinuedAs I headed south from the Reagan Birthplace and Museum, I continued into the heart of Illinois' farm country. I remember learning about American agriculture in elementary school. One project we did was creating a large map of the United…Read More


Iowa - The Great River road trip

Written by catsholiday on 08 Jun, 2013

Iowa – The Great River roadIowa is one of ten states that you can drive along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. About 325 of the 3,000 total miles pass through Iowa's river cities. We joined this Great River road at…Read More


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Eagle Viewing Along the Mississippi River

Written by MilwVon on 19 Jan, 2013

The purpose of this trip was to observe and hopefully photograph eagles in the wild along the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities area of Illinois & Iowa. The four cities that make up this regional area are Rock Island and Moline, Illinois and…Read More


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Iowa's Great River Road

Written by MilwVon on 19 Jan, 2013

Iowa is one of the ten states that shares the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 325 of the 3,000 total miles meander through Iowa's river cities, which include Dubuque, Davenport, Muscatine, Clinton, Bellvue and Bettendorf . . . our…Read More


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