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Old 07-29-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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Most Scenic things in Iowa are the signs along I-35 and I-80 that say Welcome to Minnesota, & Welcome to Illinois.
Illinois? Illinois is 10 times more flat and boring than driving through Iowa in my opinion. At least Iowa is rolling hills. Illinois is awful every time. Minnesota certainly isn't that hot either when you cross the border. Looks exactly like Iowa until you get up way north.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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!-80 is definitely not the most fun stretch of the state. When you get off the interstate there are some pretty areas. The Greenbelt in Hardin County (closer to !-35) is especially gorgeous in the fall. I've been told northeast Iowa is the prettiest part of the state, but I haven't been there in over 20 years. Aside from Kum and Go signs you also see Casey's signs everywhere. They have good pizza.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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All interstate's in Iowa are 70 miles an hour, except in urban areas like Davenport, Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, etc. where it drops down to 65mph. The same as every state in the country as far as urban areas being a little lower than rural areas. I-235, the freeway through the middle of Des Moines, is the only exception with a speed limit of 60mph. I ride them all the time, and most people tend to cruise about 5mph over the speed limit.
I'm 99% sure 235 goes down to 55 mph for a while. Not that anyone has gone that slow fir years...
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:40 PM
 
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I'm 99% sure 235 goes down to 55 mph for a while. Not that anyone has gone that slow fir years...
Yep, it does right downtown
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Most Scenic things in Iowa are the signs along I-35 and I-80 that say Welcome to Minnesota, & Welcome to Illinois.


I'd except a bit more from a forum moderator.
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:23 PM
 
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I'd except a bit more from a forum moderator.
Uh I think it was a joke...
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:00 AM
 
Location: around the way
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Illinois? Illinois is 10 times more flat and boring than driving through Iowa in my opinion. At least Iowa is rolling hills. Illinois is awful every time. Minnesota certainly isn't that hot either when you cross the border. Looks exactly like Iowa until you get up way north.
Having just driven through both states this last week, I concur. Both states are much more interesting the closer you are to the river. Whiteside and of course Jo Daviess counties in IL are very pretty, but it starts to get a lot flatter and more boring as you go east. Also I got aggravated by the fact that there didn't seem to be more than 5 miles of any given stretch of I-90 between Chicago and Rockford that wasn't under construction, but that's just the time of year I guess.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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1) Not sure where you were driving but a lot of the interestates have the same 70mph as others around there.

2) It's not their fault you decided to interpret Kum as not being phonetic to Come.

3) If you want scenic you generally should leave the interstate. I can assure having made that drive many times that the trip across IL would be no better, ditto for heading south from IA as well.
Most of the states around Iowa have interstate speed limits of 75 mph. Trust me, it makes a difference!

I agree with your other two points, though. If one is looking for scenery, in most cases they should get off the interstate, regardless of which state they are in. There's a reason they put them in the flattest, most "boring" parts of the state!

Kum & Go is in Nebraska too. I'd chuckle every now and then but it's no big deal.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Most of the states around Iowa have interstate speed limits of 75 mph. Trust me, it makes a difference!
If by most, you mean two...

6 states border Iowa.

2 have speed limits SLOWER than ours (Wisconsin and Illinios)
2 have faster (NE and S Dakota)
2 have the same (MN and Missouri).

Bottomline: for the midwest, Iowa falls right in the middle regarding speed limits on rural interstates.

Map of maximum posted speed limits on rural interstates
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:12 PM
 
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If by most, you mean two...

6 states border Iowa.

2 have speed limits SLOWER than ours (Wisconsin and Illinios)
2 have faster (NE and S Dakota)
2 have the same (MN and Missouri).

Bottomline: for the midwest, Iowa falls right in the middle regarding speed limits on rural interstates.

Map of maximum posted speed limits on rural interstates

Hmmmm....I guess I thought Missouri was higher because that's what I drive.

Maximum limits of 65 mph on the interstate??? Good lord. It just so happens the two states I drive across most regularly are NE and SD. Looks like the better states to drive across are in the west (for the most part).

I don't much care for interstate driving in Iowa. I-80 is okay, but 29 SUCKS. The least they could do is let you drive a little faster to get through it quicker.
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