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.
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.
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.