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Old 04-04-2010, 08:34 AM
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I do only have 12 states to go toward my goal. Thank you all, for your ideas so far. And I'm sorry if I offended anyone with the title of this thread. People have asked me, WHY would you want to go to Iowa? (To most people, "vacation" means a beach, a cruise, etc.). I'd like to see what "undiscovered" and lesser-known areas for travelers have to offer. In the area where I live, I am guilty of thinking "Why would anyone want to come HERE?" But everywhere has something of value worth seeing.

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Old 04-05-2010, 09:34 AM
Location: Texas
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Default DON'T LAUGH.......Considering a vacation to Iowa!

Originally Posted by odessa3 View Post
I live in northeast PA, and one of my goals in life is to step foot in all 50 states. I've never been to Iowa. My husband and I are considering a trip to Iowa for next year's vacation (driving). Due to driving distance, we'd probably stay in eastern IA. Bring on your ideas! We like to SEE and DO. We enjoy small towns with character, outdoors activities like hiking, quirky museums, and a good brewpub. Bring on your ideas!!

I caught the Steamboat Days festival in Burlington a few years ago. Lots of great live music on outdoor stages and excellent food vendors, too. Sometime in June, if I recall. Burlington also has some of the most beautiful public parks you'll ever see on the south end of town, on high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:47 PM
Location: West Des Moines
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Definite musts: Iowa City, Quad Cities, Des Moines, Cedar Falls, Ames.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:10 PM
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There isn't anything to see in Ames besides ISU, and I'd have to say the only thing worth while I've done in my 18 years of being an Iowan was the Boone scenic train ride.
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:02 PM
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Originally Posted by laura.lcb.jo View Post
There isn't anything to see in Ames besides ISU, and I'd have to say the only thing worth while I've done in my 18 years of being an Iowan was the Boone scenic train ride.
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:15 PM
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I hope you let us all know what y'all do finally decide and where you go. I just moved (back) here to DM after 15 yrs in Austin, Tx. There is so much to do and see in Ia. If you're bored it's your own fault! Enjoy YOUR vacation!
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:51 PM
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Eastern Iowa is the place. Dubuque is Iowa's oldest city and has just gone through a major waterfront restoration. Places to check out there would be Fenlon St. elevator (shortest, steepest railway in the US), the new river walk with the Star Brewery (neat winery and beer museum on the first level-great restuarant and lounge upper level, the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. It is a must see. 25 minutes to the west on Hwy 20 is the town of Dyersville where the movie, Field of Dreams" was filmed. The baseball field still exists and many tourists go to play a game of pick-up ball with other tourists. Dyersville is also home to the National Farm Toy Museum, the Dyer Botsford Doll Museum and the Jack Becker Woodcarving Museum. Anamosa (talked about in other posts here) is just 40 minutes away. Anamosa also has a motorcycle museum, I think. For a beautiful view of the tri-state area and some good home cookin', try Breitbach's in Balltown, IA (minutes from Dubuque)
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Old 06-27-2010, 08:23 PM
Location: northeast PA
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We will be arriving in Dubuque on July 18, and are staying at one of the Bed & Breakfasts in town. We are motorcycling enthusiasts so do plan to visit the museum in Anamosa. We found there are ATV trails just across the border in Wisconsin, so will do that one day. The Star Brewery sounds like it's right up our alley- thanks for that suggestion, breck! Also, has anyone been to the Dubuque Speedway at the fairgrounds? We're race fans also, and their web site notes they have racing on Sunday nights. We're really looking forward to our trip!
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:38 AM
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Being a resident of SE Iowa I thought I'd put my two cents in....There IS life in Southern Iowa...it is quiet and small and colorful. There is a new resort park at Lake Rathbun that is amazing! You can skii, golf, lounge, eat, drink, take nature hikes AND then you can visit the antique/craft store in Albia, Moravia, Centerville, Bloomfield, Drakesville (both large Amish areas). Eddyville and Knoxville also have racetracks that are always active and packed! And then in the fall start all the different small town fall festivals. Centerville has Pancake Day the last Saturday of every September...there's a large parade and free fresh pancakes served all day long! Yummy. Mystic and Exline both have huge 4th of July festivals (Mystic has goat races) Moulton has the Jamboree....it is really great to see a small town of a few thousand people come together and celebrate another great year of life in small town Iowa. In fact when the Sea to Shining Sea bike ride came through on Tuesday, June 29th many of them commented on how beautiful SOUTHERN Iowa was and how friendly everyone has been. We support our veterans, respect our elders, and value diversity.
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:27 PM
Location: South Chicagoland
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The biggest truck stop in the world is on 1-80 in Iowa. ;-)
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