Yes, there’s more than cornfields and hog farms. The quirky Midwestern state may have a reputation as a rural oddball, but there’s more than meets the eye to Iowa. Before launching into the limelight as the first major victory of Obama’s presidential campaign, Iowa had some other intriguing claims to fame. Lovers of travel literature know it as the home of legendary Bill Bryson, while rock fans remember it as the state where Ozzy Osbourne’s outrageous stage antics garnered him fame. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover plenty of other Iowa notables. Explore the communal German culture of the seven Amana Colonies. Learn about Native American history at the sacred Effigy Mounds National Monument. The US’s best writers vie for admittance into the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in Iowa City, while automobile fans head to the nearby Antique Car Museum. History buffs continue to go back and forth over the linguistic roots of the name “Des Moines,” while travelers are off discovering the culture and charm behind the cornfields. Are you ready to dig in?

Top Destinations in Iowa

Cedar Rapids

Council Bluffs


Des Moines


Iowa City


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