Average flight time from UK: 15 hours    Capital:  Des Moines


Nestled between the vast Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and just a hop away from major Midwestern cities, Iowa gleams as an uncharted gem of quintessential Americana. It's the land that inspired "Field of Dreams," cradled the romantic Bridges of Madison County, and set the backdrop for the legendary "American Gothic" painting. Beyond its iconic rolling hills and serene Main Streets, Iowa promises adrenaline-packed adventures — be it whitewater paddling, cave explorations, ziplining, thrilling roller coasters, or expansive biking trails.


If you have an appetite for the unique, Iowa won't disappoint. Imagine snapping a selfie with the world's largest concrete bull or beholding the enormity of the highest double-track railroad bridge. Pop culture and history buffs will be entranced by landmarks like the actual baseball diamond from "Field of Dreams" or the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel still standing. Delve into history with a visit to the birthplace and library of President Herbert Hoover or marvel at the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Grotto of the Redemption.


When hunger calls, Iowa serves up the freshest flavors of the Midwest. Relish the bounties of Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market or indulge in a meal at Wallace House where today's harvest becomes tonight's dinner. And while you're here, a breaded pork tenderloin is a must-try, echoing Iowa's prominence in pork production. Pair it with a drink from the globally-acclaimed Toppling Goliath Brewery or the historic Templeton Rye Whiskey distillery.


At the heart of Iowa, the bustling capital, Des Moines, presents a medley of art, culture, and entertainment. Be captivated by its renowned Art Center and annual Art Festival. Venture north-west, and the pristine Iowa Great Lakes await with promises of refreshing boat rides and fishing trips. Time-travel to the prehistoric era in the north-east at the Effigy Mounds National Monument, a testament to Native American craftsmanship.


The Iowa State Fair is an experience in itself, drawing over a million global visitors annually with its grandeur. Those passionate about cycling can pedal across Iowa's varied terrains or even partake in RAGBRAI, the world's most extensive recreational cycling tour.


Step into the peaceful Amana Colonies for a touch of early American history and German heritage. Famous names like John Wayne and Glenn Miller called Iowa home, but perhaps its most illustrious son is President Herbert Hoover. His legacy and history are beautifully encapsulated in his birthplace and museum.


Whether you're a family seeking fun at Des Moines' Adventureland Park, a history enthusiast exploring the Loess Hill National Scenic Byway, or simply someone yearning for the genuine hospitality of the Midwest, Iowa warmly invites you. From the majestic Mississippi River to the breathtaking landscapes of the Loess Hills, Iowa is a blend of vibrant cities, historic sites, and nature's splendor at its peak. Dive into an adventure that's uniquely Iowa — where Americana comes alive.

     Discover Iowa: Where Quintessential Americana Comes Alive 

 The Charm of Iowa

Here are some unique must-see places and hidden gems in Iowa to make your visit extra memorable: 


Devonian Fossil Gorge, Iowa City

  • This gorge was created by the Flood of 1993 and expanded by the Flood of 2008. The overflow washed away tons of soil, huge trees, and part of the road. When the waters receded, the 375-million-year-old fossilized Devonian ocean floor was revealed.

Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek: 

  • This nature center consists of 1,268 acres located in the heart of the Loess Hills. The Loess Hills harbor some of the largest remaining prairie remnants in Iowa and provide refuge for plants and animals found nowhere else in the state.

Historic Motor Mill, Clayton County: 

  • An old 1860’s flour mill known for its amazing architecture. They offer free tours, and the area is surrounded by a 155-acre park that offers hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping, bird watching, and more.

Decorah Ice Cave State Preserve: 

  • This cave in Decorah is frozen all year round due to the glacier it sits on.

Wabash Trace Nature Trail, Western Iowa: 

  • A gorgeous, 63-mile trail that runs through Council Bluffs, Mineola, Silver City, Malvern, Imogene, Shenandoah, Coin and Blanchard.

American Gothic House, Eldon: 

  • The house that inspired Grant Wood’s famous painting “American Gothic” is a must-see.

The Day The Music Died Memorial, Clear Lake: 

  • A memorial dedicated to Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and Ritchie Valens who tragically died in a plane crash on February 3rd, 19594.

Iowa River Valley: 

  • A breathtaking natural landscape traversed by the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway. It’s home to the Meskwaki Settlement, Iowa’s only resident Native American community. The river is a tributary of the Mississippi River, offering opportunities for fishing, paddling, bird watching, and hiking. A must-visit destination for nature lovers and history buffs alike.

Snake Alley, Burlington: 

  • Known as the most crooked street in the world and recognized as the “Unbelievably Crooked” street by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, is a unique historical landmark. Built in 1894, it was designed to link the downtown business district with a shopping area. The alley’s design, composed of limestone and blue clay bricks, resembles vineyard paths in France and Germany. A must-visit for its unique design and historical significance.

Black Hawk Bridge: 

  • A cantilever bridge over the Mississippi River, connecting Lansing, Iowa, and Crawford County, Wisconsin, is a historic landmark spanning the Mississippi River. Built in 1931, it’s known for its unique design and the “singing” sound made by car tires on its steel grate floor. The bridge carries travelers on Iowa Highway 9 and Wisconsin Highway 82. Plans are underway to replace the bridge due to deterioration.

Crystal Lake Cave: 

  • A beautiful natural cave to explore. Crystal Lake Cave in Dubuque, Iowa, is a natural limestone cave discovered in the late 19th century. Known for its beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, and other unique formations, it’s been a tourist attraction for over a century. The cave’s formations are illuminated during tours, making it a perfect day trip for all ages.

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