Explore Iowa—Cities to Visit in the Hawkeye State

Des Moines

As the capital city of Iowa, Des Moines is host to a slew of interesting sites. This quaint town offers a wide variety of restaurants, bars, biking trails, and museums. According to Lemonade, one of the biggest points of interest is the Des Moines’s Farmers Market; it’s even ranked #2 in the country! Open every Saturday, this impressive farmer’s market offers its patrons local meats, fresh produce, and fun activities for the kids. As a very family-friendly town, Des Moines also has Adventureland Park, which is home to more than 100 rides as well as shows and attractions. If you’re into science, you’ll love visiting the Science Center of Iowa. Kids and adults alike will love the hands-on exhibits and theaters; you’ll definitely learn something new. Jordan Creek Town Center is a huge development filled with shopping centers, restaurants, and recreational activities as well as a theater and hotel.


According to Avis, this Iowa town has something for everyone, from the Eagle Point Park hiking trails, to public art exhibits on the Riverfront, and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. As Iowa’s oldest city, Dubuque has honed in on the Mississippi River waterfront as one of its most popular tourist destinations. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium offers its patrons unique hands-on exhibits, such as its touch tank filled with Mississippi snails. Guests can also tour a 1934 steamer ship. For nature lovers, Dubuque also has its own Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, which spans over 52 acres. With 13,000 plants (and 700 different varieties), you’re sure to see some spectacular sights. Iowa also hosts the Heritage Trail. This 26-mile trail is a perfect place to go bike-riding or hiking as you take in the beautiful landscape.

Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is one of the most populated cities in Iowa, and it’s no wonder why! From the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library to the historically kept Brucemore, Cedar Rapids Tourism Office says there’s so much to see in this beautiful city. You’ll love strolling down the sidewalks that overlook the Cedar River. If you enjoy art, you’ll love all of the exhibits over at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. For even more art, you have to stop by the Grant Wood Studio, which offers various artworks in a lovely 19th-century carriage house. There is also the African-American Museum of Iowa that showcases important events and the rich heritage of African-Americans in Iowa since 1868.

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