State Detail - Iowa

Iowa

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Iowa is home to some exciting scenery--an early glacier skipped around its northeast corner, leaving untouched a high-cliffed hilly terrain of surprising beauty. Here you can find Indian burial mounds in the shapes of animals and birds, as well as caves, and the mighty Mississippi River.

Iowa also reveals its romantic side to those who explore it. In Madison County, five covered wooden bridges are still in use. Bentonsport, a historic town on the Des Moines River, has an old river-hotel with original furnishings. Along the Mississippi River are historic towns like Dubuque, settled by the French; and Keokuk, named for the great Indian chief buried there. At Nashua, attend services at the original "Little Brown Church."

The Amana Colonies are one of Iowa's most popular spots, and they illustrate one of the most interesting stories in the state's history. From the Amanas, visitors can easily reach such outstanding attractions as the territorial capitol, with its unique hanging staircase, at Iowa City; and the handsome Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and humble birthplace cottage, at West Branch.

Along the Great River Road, which runs beside the Mississippi River, are hills, bluffs, caves, and charming old river towns, each with its own distinct personality. Along this same route are miles and miles of recreation land where boating, fishing, and swimming are popular.

Festivals are an important part of life in Iowa. Every county in the state has an annual fair where local farmers and industries display their wares. Hoboes-at-heart may join the annual National Hobo Convention, held each summer in Britt. Those in attendance can enjoy mulligan stew and storytelling. Other festivals in Iowa are the Pella Tulip Time Festival, Dutch and Norwegian celebrations, and the Iowa State Fair.

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