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Top 8 Premier Attractions in Iowa – the Hawkeye State

Iowa  sits comfortably between the great Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Its endless plains of cornfields make Iowa’s countryside one for Instagram. Furthermore, the capital – Des Moines – is lined with gorgeous 19th century landmarks that still stand strong. A trip down to Cedar Rapids opens you to a must-see Museum in a highly contemporary environment. The museum is most importantly blessed with original works by the native Iowan Grant Wood, who painted American Gothic – you know, that painting with the old farm couple and a pitchfork.

Starting right in the middle and heading all the way down to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, here are the top 8 places you must visit in the Hawkeye State.

  1. Lost Island Waterpark

Lost Island Waterpark
Lost Island Waterpark

The dreamlike Lost Island Waterpark is a Paradise-themed tropical park in Waterloo and is always open between May and October of each year. A member of the Premier Traveler’s Choice list for the Top 24 Amusement and Waterparks in the US by TripAdvisor, Lost Water Island offers an exciting range of thrilling pastimes for adults and kids alike.

From wild-side adventure golf to a perfect amusement park for kids, the Iowa’s own Florida-like park has everything for everyone. Picnic tables, zip lines, amazing local foods, abundant lawn chairs and several other fun attractions make you want to stop time and enjoy every second of every ride.

  1. Trinity Heights-Queen of Peace

Trinity Heights-Queen of Peace
Trinity Heights-Queen of Peace

In Sioux City, you get the rare chance to meet your inner spirituality by visiting the peaceful Trinity Heights. The 30-foot tall Immaculate Heart of Mary Queen of Peace Statute stares calmly and caringly down at you. The giant Virgin Mary statute moreover points softly in the direction of her son – the 33-foot Sacred Heart of Jesus Statute. Mary’s other hand additionally tries to passionately reach out for you, the visitors – exactly like the loving mother would. Get inspired and feel protected by the statue of the Holy Mother of God alongside her son.

  1. Iowa State Capitol

Iowa State Capitol
Iowa State Capitol

Seat of the State’s General Assembly, the State Capitol is a traditional Corinthian-style building featuring fine artworks and amazing domes. It also hosts the Supreme Court as well as the governor’s offices, attorney general’s offices and the State Treasury. The Corinthian columns, war flags, and the traditional-looking 19th Century architectural master class of the historic piece are the major highlights. The medieval European design construction forms the major landmark in the landmark-lined capital of Des Moines.

  1. National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library

National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library
National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library

Chances to experience Slovakia and Czech Republic right inside the US sounds like quite a deal, right? Right in the middle of Cedar Rapids, a significant undertaking has enabled floods of eager guests explore the best of Slovak and Czech History. The NCSML showcases everything valuable of the two countries in the form of changing exhibits and recorded oral history of the immigrants from the Cold War. It even had to be moved to a  more spacious site due to the huge guest influxes. Join in the multitudes heading west for inspiration and cultural enrichment with the very best of the Slovakian strong willpower and undying resolve. Manuscripts and artifacts showcasing the ultimate Czech traditions are also abundant in display.

  1. Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Established in 1980, the  52-acre Botanical Gardens and Arboretum is open to the public all year long, for absolutely no charge. You get in the presence of pristine flowers, ornamental trees, beautiful water gardens as well as winding trails. The several separate cultural landscapes blend together in the Gardens include Japanese and Formal English Garden settings.

  1. Adventureland Park – Altoona, Iowa

Adventureland Park
Adventureland Park

The largest family amusement park in Iowa, Adventureland features an amazing array of rides and attractions. From bumping, spinning, bouncing and flying  to pools, sun and fun; the Adventureland has it all. Get the whole family together in the family rides or just the kids in the kiddie rides. Adults may also head to the Adventure Bay for adventures at riskier heights. It also offers exquisite hotels and plentiful mouthwatering delicacies all through your enchanting family tour.

  1. Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace – Boone, Iowa

Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace

The birthplace of the 34th US President’s wife, the restored Victorian home now serves as a museum for recreating her life and family story. Mamie Doud Eisenhower’s home is now fitted nicely with a summer kitchen, barn and several exhibits. Remnants of the milling and meat packaging businesses of the family from the 19th Century are also still visible at the magical tiny home.

  1. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

Property of the Dubuque County Historical Society and associate of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium offers a rich showcase of American waterways, path to greatness and beyond.  The Museum and Aquarium contain several permanent as well as changing exhibits. Large 3D and 4D sights at the immersion theater offers such effects as sound, wind, mist, smells, and moving seats. The on-screen creations and documentaries of river life are as real as you can get without being back in time yourself. The Riverworks and Rivers Hall of Fame sections are other must-see places with loads of more historic and fun displays. Finally see the dangerous sharks and rays in the saltwater aquariums at the educational site in Iowa’s Dubuque area.

 

 

Images Via Planetware

 

Originally posted 2017-05-16 12:39:19.

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