It is said that an Iowa farm—and there are more than 100,000 of them—can feed about 279 people, including those overseas. This only shows the generosity and hospitality of the state and its people.
Situated between the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers, Iowa is a showcase of picture-perfect landscapes. The beautiful countryside dotted with farms and fields of grain is a refreshing sight. Historic sites and charming towns blend easily with cities and tourist attractions.
Des Moines has everything that a city has to offer—from historic sites, visual arts, theater play, and symphony performances, to a dynamic nightlife, good food, comedy clubs, and live music. A source of pride is Iowa's Capitol Building, reputedly one of the most beautiful in the US. It features a dome with 23-karat gold leafing as well as four smaller copper-topped ones. The interiors feature woodwork and 29 different types of marble. Visitors can view the historic flags on display, including some from the Civil War, or climb to the top of the building for a view of the city.
A popular tourist destination is the Amana Colonies, a group of villages in East Central Iowa. Founded in 1855 by members of a German religious group called the Community of True Inspiration, the colonies operated until 1932. Visitors will enjoy the historic buildings, quaint shops, wineries, bakeries, and German restaurants.
The Effigy Mounds National Monument is another must-see. Containing nearly 1,500 acres, the site contains 200 mounds and29 effigies built by Eastern Woodland Indians from 500 BC to 1300 AD.
The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) gathers cyclists from all over the US for a seven-day ride, starting in a different town every year. The state offers tourists a number of other unique events and activities—championship rodeo, car races at the famed Knoxville Raceway, riverboat casino gambling, as well as camping, hiking, and fishing.