• Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum: Honouring the legacy of Alton Glenn Miller, one of Iowa’s and America’s favourite musical patriots. Clarinda.
• Architectural Interpretive Center: Explains the significance of architecture in Mason City, which boasts properties designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin, William Drummond and Francis Barry Byrne. Mason City.
• Honey Creek Resort State Park: Iowa’s first destination state park includes Lake Rathbun, a 105-room hotel, lodge, cabins, indoor waterpark, conference centre and 18-hole golf course. Moravia.
• Snake Alley: Named by Ripley’s Believe It or Not as the “Crookedest Street in the World.” Burlington.
• Field of Dreams: Original site of the movie with the same name. Visitors can play ball and appear out of the cornfield as the ghost players did. Dyersville.
• King’s Pointe Resort Waterpark: Features cutting-edge waterslide technology. Atop the Discovery Plunge slide, riders can select one of eight adventure themes, complete with sight and sound effects. Storm Lake.
• Iowa Speedway: “America’s Place to Race” is a 7/8-mile oval track designed by former NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace. Features NASCAR and IndyCar racing plus concerts by top artists. Newton.
Iowa Tourism Office• The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium: Dedicated to the story of the Mississippi River, its watershed and other rivers of America; features include an interactive area for kids, a bicycle-powered water cycle exhibit and 3-D films with 4-D special effects. Dubuque.
• Ice Fest (January), Dubuque.
• Winter Dance Party (February), Clear Lake.
• Tulip Festival (May), Orange City.
• Ice Cream Days (June), LeMars.
• Glenn Miller Festival (June), Clarinda.
• Des Moines Arts Festival (June/July), Des Moines.
• Iowa State Fair (August), Des Moines.
• Knoxville Nationals (August), Knoxville.
• Covered Bridge Festival (October), Winterset.
• National Farm Toy Show (November), Dyersville.
•Pella: Architecture gives visitors the feeling of Holland, along with wooden shoes, delicate Dutch pastries, Molengracht canal with working drawbridge, and the tallest working windmill in the U.S.
• Okoboji: Iowa’s resort region offers year-round recreation, with water sports in the summer and cold-weather activities such as the University of Okoboji Winter Games.
• Villages of Van Buren: Twelve quaint villages offer antiques, historic lodging, bed and breakfast inns, lakeside cabins, unique dining, resident artisans, Amish and Mennonite communities, specialty shops.
• Amana Colonies: Seven historic villages founded by German immigrants as a religious communal society in 1855. Old crafts and culture are preserved amid a variety of experiences.
• Wilton Candy Kitchen: Housed in an 1856 building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Considered the oldest working ice cream parlour/soda fountain/confectionery in the world. Wilton.
• Grotto of the Redemption: A composite of nine separate grottos portrays scenes from the life of Christ, using stones and gems from around the world. West Bend.
• Seed Savers Exchange/Heritage Farm: Heritage Farm preserves more than 24,000 heirloom vegetable varieties. Also featured are over 800 old-time apple trees. Decorah.
Did You Know?
State Motto: Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain
State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose
State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
Region: GREAT FRONTIER
America’s Byways: Great River Road, Loess Hills Scenic Byway.
Connecting Flights Via: Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington D.C.
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Info: Iowa Tourism Office