Iowa may be known for cornfields and caucuses, but road trips in Iowa will reveal so much more! Iowa produces a lot of America's agricultural produce, but it also has an interesting history and breath-taking landscapes. Iowa also offers world class cuisines and artisan products- great for finding gifts to take back home!
Road Trips in Iowa: Top Accommodations
Most Scenic Road Trips in Iowa
From the Mississippi River on the east to the Missouri River on the west, Iowa contains some fantastic drives. You can choose from waterfalls and cave to charming villages and towns. There are also other attractions like haunted houses, Amish settlements, and wineries to visit along the way.
1. Historic Hills Scenic Byway
The drive from Moravia to Donnellson through Bloomfield and Bonaparte has a little of everything from working orchards to a courthouse opened in 1843. Careful as you drive pass horse-drawn buggies as you come upon Amish and Mennonite communities around the Villages of Van Buren. Among all the nature preserves and parks all long the 100-mile trip, history buffs enjoy the Croton Civil War Park in Farmington.
2. Great River Road National Scenic Byway
Catch this epic national byway as it follows the Mississippi through Iowa. This 300-plus miles from New Albin through Dubuque to Keokuk. Gorgeous scenery along the River leads to fun outdoor activities and watersports, such as the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center in Camanche or the Yellow River State Forest in Harpers Ferry. Stops at the Putnam Museum in Davenport and the Pine Creek Grist Mill in Muscatine offers educational family fun for a worthwhile stop to stretch your legs.
3. Covered Bridge Scenic Byway
You don't have to be a fan of "The Bridges of Madison County" to enjoy this scenic trip. The 82 miles traversing through Bevington, Saint Charles, and Winterset is charming and picturesque. Beyond the quaint bridges, you can visit John Wayne's birthplace as well as learn more about George Stout, one of the Monuments Men from WWII.
Best Places to Stay for Road Trips in Iowa
Frequently Asked Questions
Road Trips in Iowa: How much does it cost to rent a vacation home in Iowa?
The average price for a vacation home in Iowa is usually between $140 and $207 per night.
Can I find a vacation rental for a group of guests for Road Trips in Iowa?
in Iowa, large groups should consider House rental since they usually fit 8 people.
What types of vacation homes can I find for Road Trips in Iowa?
We would advice checking out our incredible selection of Apartment rental and House rental for Road Trips in Iowa.
The Weather in Iowa
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