5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)
Omaha’s compact downtown district offers fine dining, fantastic museums and a dynamic nightlife alongside tree-lined parks.
4/5Very Good!(1 area review)
The abundant dining options and live music are top of the list for many visitors to Downtown Des Moines. A stop by Wells Fargo Arena or Des Moines Civic Center might round out your trip.
Take a trip through time as you stroll down the historic streets of this eastern Iowa city. Visit cafés, shops and galleries in revitalized heritage buildings.
Find beautiful government buildings, cultural attractions and a garden oasis in this older section of the city extending along a pretty riverfront.
If you're spending some time in Downtown Davenport, Rhythm City Casino and RiverCenter are top sights worth seeing.
Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021
Reviewed on 21 Jul 2021
Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021
Iowa is bounded by the Mississippi River on the east and Missouri River on the west, with 300 miles (480 kilometres) of fertile farmland in between. Enjoy seeing the agricultural richness across the state.
Des Moines is both the state capital and a cultural centre. Visit the Des Moines Art Centre to see works by national and international artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore the outdoor installations of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. For a unique twist on a botanical garden, visit the Better Homes and Gardens’ Test Garden the plant arrangements you see may later appear in the magazine.
Spend several days in August at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines for one of the country’s largest state fairs. Play on the midway, cheer on your favourites at a tractor pull, listen to big-name musicians and see prize-winning livestock close-up. Watch sheep being shorn, cows being milked and eggs hatching. You may even see the birth of a calf, lamb or piglet. On top of all that, look for the life-sized cow sculpture fashioned out of butter or taste the unusual preparation of deep-fried butter.
Dubuque showcases its location on the Mississippi River with the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Experience its touch pool, wetland trail, riverboat museum and a working dredge. Go to Eagle Point Park for some of the best views of the mighty Mississippi.
Bring kids of all ages to the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, west of Dubuque, to see models of farm vehicles from historical times to the present. In early June during the Summer Farm Toy Show, hundreds of collectors come to the town to trade and sell these toys. Watch the big parade of full-size tractors and other vehicles. Farther west, in Waterloo, take a tour by trolley of the John Deere Tractor Assembly Plant.
See some of Iowa’s cultural diversity in Cedar Rapids with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and the African American Museum of Iowa.