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Old 05-20-2013, 03:23 PM
 
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That or just listen to their voices of experience

Honestly, Des Moines does have a few things, and Omaha does as well, but compared to the abundance of things in Chicago and the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and entertainment options of Denver, there is a very clear difference. I walk the talk, I moved to the Rocky Mountains
I can appreciate ALL landscapes in our country. It's amazing, really, how vastly different different regions are. Farmland and plains may be boring to some, but it's just another part of the US to see.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:14 AM
 
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IF you are a Western fan/Don't forget John Wayne's birthplace by any means! There is lots to see in Iowa but you have to be willing to give it a "chance"! Take it from a transplant who has been in all 50 states. Hopefully, the weather will hold like it is today and be near "picture perfect" for you instead of burning in the 90s like the week before! Be prepared for either/Watch the weather forecast and I think you'll find it's a lot more interesting here than you might have participated! In Des Moines proper, for example, remember the "Machine Shed" restaurant and Living History Farms (just as a start!) Hope you will respond to your trip through Iowa!
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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IF you are a Western fan/Don't forget John Wayne's birthplace by any means! There is lots to see in Iowa but you have to be willing to give it a "chance"! Take it from a transplant who has been in all 50 states. Hopefully, the weather will hold like it is today and be near "picture perfect" for you instead of burning in the 90s like the week before! Be prepared for either/Watch the weather forecast and I think you'll find it's a lot more interesting here than you might have participated! In Des Moines proper, for example, remember the "Machine Shed" restaurant and Living History Farms (just as a start!) Hope you will respond to your trip through Iowa!
Point of clarification, LHF and the Machine Shed restaurant are not in Des Moines proper but rather in Urbandale (northwest suburb of Des Moines metro).
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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IF you are a Western fan/Don't forget John Wayne's birthplace by any means! There is lots to see in Iowa but you have to be willing to give it a "chance"! Take it from a transplant who has been in all 50 states. Hopefully, the weather will hold like it is today and be near "picture perfect" for you instead of burning in the 90s like the week before! Be prepared for either/Watch the weather forecast and I think you'll find it's a lot more interesting here than you might have participated! In Des Moines proper, for example, remember the "Machine Shed" restaurant and Living History Farms (just as a start!) Hope you will respond to your trip through Iowa!
I might add that a couple blocks from John Wayne's home in Winterset is a little ma and pa café I think is called Rudy's. Excellent food. I stopped there last week.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: North Liberty, IA
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On the contrary, this thread gave me quite a few ideas, so thanks a lot to everyone for chipping in!

A few of my friends made a similar trip a couple of years ago (but eastbound), and told me that there is absolutely nothing to see between the Rocky Mountains and Chicago. I'll try to prove them wrong.
I can understand, if you never get off of I 80, but then youmight as well say the same thing about Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania.....

I think everywhere you go, you can find something of interest, whether it's natural beauty, historic, artistic, a lot depends in what you're looking for and how willing you are to see.
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