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Iowa is home to more than 3 million people and has a diverse selection of attractions, sites and activities.
With a humid continental climate, natural beauty and hospitality, you will surely fall in love with Iowa. The state offers you itineraries that are great for day trips, weekend getaways or even full-fledged vacation.
So be sure to get a charter bus in Iowa and visit as many attractions as possible!
A charter bus in Iowa can help make your vacation even more memorable by ensuring that everybody is comfortable. And in the winter or during the colder months, you will love how warm and comfy our charter buses are.
No matter where you plan to go in the state, there is always a transportation service for you and your group.
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From family fun, to arts and culture, to experiencing the local restaurants and drinks, to admiring the unique beauty of the state, you could have it all here in Iowa.
Compared to those of other states, Iowa's amusement parks are smaller. But that does not make them any less fun. You can enjoy thrilling and exciting rides and attractions at amusement parks in Iowa at a price that is friendly to your pocket.
Check out Adventureland (Altoona, IA 50009) with its more than 100 rides, including the Raging River ride, wooden roller coaster, the Sidewinder, water rides, kiddie rides and others.
You could also go to Arnolds Park (Arnolds Park, IA 51331) where you can get on the Northwest Bank Legend Roller Coaster, one of the oldest roller coasters in the country. They also have a carousel, bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and other rides.
Two other amusement parks you should visit include:
Aside from amusement parks, you can also take your pick of Iowa's water parks, such as Lost Island Waterpark (Waterloo, IA 50701), King's Pointe Waterpark Resort (Storm Lake, IA 50588), Wasserbahn Water Park Resort (Williamsburg, IA 52361), Beach Ottumwa (Ottumwa, IA 52501), Boji Splash Indoor Water Park (Arnolds Park, IA, 51331) and Grand Harbor Resort and Water Park (Dubuque, IA 52001).
For art lovers, Cedar Falls is a great destination. Cedar Falls is consistently a part of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America list. Be sure to get a charter bus in Iowa and visit Cedar Falls!
Most of the arts and culture venues you would see here are free and there are a lot of public art all around Cedar Falls. Check out the Hearst Center for the Arts (Cedar Falls, IA 50613) gallery, or stroll along Downtown Cedar Falls. You should also check out the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center where you can catch world-renowned productions without the high ticket prices that you pay when you see them in New York and other larger cities.
And that's just in Cedar Falls!
You should also see the outdoor sculptures in the state, such as the The Boy with the Leaking Boot, The Lone Sailor and Molecule Man.
Art museums and galleries also abound in Iowa. Check out the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art where you could see the works of such notable artists as Berenice Abbott, Romare Bearden, Harold Eugene Edgerton, and Pablo Picasso.
Other places you should visit include:
Meanwhile, performance arts is alive and well with these sites and groups:
Festivals held here include:
Lastly, you could find some of the best examples of architecture all over the state. From Beaux-Arts to Italianate, to Tudor Revival, it is all here for you to enjoy!
When it comes to food, Iowans have it good. They get to enjoy delicious food with fresh ingredients at very low prices. Not only that, they revel in variety as well. It is very difficult even for seasoned chefs and food experts to fully define or even categorize Iowa's restaurant fare.
Some of the best are featured on TV shows such as Man Vs. Food, Bizaare Foods America, Outrageous Food, and Food Paradise, including:
And these are just a few of the places here that were featured on TV. It is certainly patently difficult to come up with a best list when it comes to food places in the state. It depends on what kind of cuisine or taste you are craving for or what kind of atmosphere you want to try. For example, if you are looking for a great atmosphere to impress a date, then you should go to Cafe Dodici (122 S Iowa Ave, Washington, IA 52353) or have a great lunch at Green Gourmet (Fairfield, IA 52556). Other recommendations:
Meanwhile, shopping in Iowa gives you a lot of options. There are farmers markets everywhere here in every city and in every month. So take your pick! If you want to explore the malls in Iowa, there are quite a few that you should not miss, including NorthPark Mall (Davenport, IA 52806), Valley West Mall (West Des Moines, IA 50266), Coral Ridge Mall (Coralville, IA 52241) and Jordan Creek Town Center (West Des Moines, IA 50266). For outlet malls, go to Factory Stores of America in Story City (IA 50248) and Tanger Outlets in Williamsburg (IA 52361).
However, if you are looking to mix a day trip with your shopping, then you should go to Decorah, Iowa. Here, you could buy top quality pewters, linens and sweaters while also immersing yourself in local artworks at the Agora Arts Gallery. After shopping, you can also go biking or skating at Trout Run Trail, or fish in the Iowa River. You could also find the Vesterheim-Norwegian American Museum at 502 W. Water St. Decorah, IA 52101.
And let's not forget about Amana, Iowa where you could buy traditional Iowa crafts and taste real Iowa food.
Sports fans, especially baseball aficionados, should go to Field of Dreams. Located on Lansing Rd in Dyersville, IA 52040, Field of Dreams is a working baseball field, but it was built for a movie with the same title.
The state has teams that play professional hockey, football, basketball and baseball, including the Burlington Bees, The Sioux City Bandits, Iowa Wild, Iowa Energy, and the Quad Cities Riverhawks. On top of that, there are also collegiate sports teams such as the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. So you might want to catch a game at one of the state's top stadiums and arenas, including Kinnick Stadium, Jack Trice Stadium, Drake Stadium, UNI-Dome, Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Wells Fargo Arena.
Other than these, there are also golf courses in the state where avid golfers and beginners could play a challenging or relaxing round of golf. Some of the best courses in the state include:
Iowa has a great collection of historic sites across the state. You could learn about the state's earliest inhabitants at sites like the Hopewell burial mounds and Blood Run National Historic Landmark near Sioux Falls.
You could also learn more about prominent Iowans at places such as Plum Grove (Iowa City, IA 52240) and Montauk (Clermont, IA 52135).
Other sites you should visit include:
Apart from visiting these sites, you should really consider going on the Western Historic Trails Center where you can learn more about Lewis and Clark, and other trails.
Other historic monuments you should not miss include:
There are also a lot of history museums in Iowa where you could learn more about the state's past. Visit the State Historical Museum (Des Moines, IA 50319), for one, or the local history museums in various cities in the state.
In Iowa, you could have your fill of outdoor activities, from climbing and rappelling, to swimming or boating, to horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
But Iowa is best known for hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. Check out Arrowhead Park (Neola, IA 51559), Elk Rock State Park (Knoxville, IA 50138), Hitchcock Nature Center (Honey Creek, IA 51542) and Maquoketa Caves State Park (Maquoketa, IA 52060) for some of the best camping sites and hiking trails in the state.
Meanwhile, Casey Lake (LaPorte City, IA 50651), Lake Delhi (Delhi, IA 52223) and Lake Hendricks (Riceville, IA 50466) are great for fishing.
Other notable state parks include:
There's also Sundown Mountain, where you could go snowboarding and skiing on 21 trails, 7 of which are perfect for beginners, and Okoboji City, which offers a lot of fun attractions during the summer.
Blank Park Zoo (Des Moines, IA 50315) is an accredited zoo in the state, with more than 800 animals including exotic ones. Other zoos in the region include Bever Park Children's Zoo (Cedar Rapids, IA 52403), Fejeruary Zoo (Davenport, IA 52804), and Osborne Conservation Center (Elkader, IA 52043).
Also, check out the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA 52001).
There are other stuff that you could do and see in Iowa. Including:
The only fun, convenient and comfortable way to see what the state has to offer is onboard a charter bus in Iowa. Call BusRental.com or get a free quote today!