If you need to get away from it all, weekend getaways in Iowa are the perfect solution. The wide-open spaces are great for hiking or biking, and its cities have loads of cultural attractions and family activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained during a weekend getaway in Iowa.
For the best weekend getaways in Iowa, explore the great outdoors
Iowa’s nature centers are great places to explore the state's natural beauty. The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center near Sioux City, which is open all year, has miles of hiking trails as well as displays on birds of prey and hands-on exhibits for younger visitors. Meanwhile, the fascinating Devonian Fossil Gorge, just outside Iowa City, takes guests back in time, allowing you to explore what was once a prehistoric seabed, right in the heart of landlocked Iowa.
There are several unusual attractions that you can check out on your weekend getaway in Iowa. If you're a fan of the world's largest or smallest anything, then Iowa is the place for you. Audubon is home to the world's largest bull, Albert, while the world's largest strawberry stands on the appropriately named Strawberry Point. Dubuque is home to the world's shortest and steepest railway, and Fenelon Place Elevator station's viewing platform allows you to see three states at once.
Southern Iowa’s Madison County is home to pretty covered bridges, made famous by the movie, The Bridges of Madison County – take a tour or follow a driving route through the region to see as many as possible. Grant Wood, the painter of iconic American Gothic, was from Iowa. Visit the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art to view the largest collection of his works.