Iowa Vacation Ideas #1: For fishing try The Yellow River State Forest in Eastern Iowa. Six miles of Paint Creek is stocked with trout from April through October. There is a marsh which is good for bass and panfish …. hunting is allowed here also. Aside from fishing, other outdoor activities are available such as hiking, snowmobiling, camping, and horseback riding.
#2: Take a drive on the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway known for it's cultural, historical, natural and scenic attractions of the Iowa River Valley.
One of the stops along the way should be The Amana Colonies. These seven quaint German villages were founded 150 years ago by the religious group known as The Community of True Inspiration.
It was created as part of their historic Utopian society. There is much to see at this Iowa vacation spot learn about the fascinating history of one of the long lived communal societies in the world.
#3: The Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House, in Mason City, is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
The Stockman House represents an artistic milestone in the career of the architectural genius. Take a tour of this recently restored Prairie house based on Wright's "Fireproof House for $5,000".
Frank Lloyd Wright actually spent most of his career addressing the problems of houses intended for individuals or small families of modest means.
This is a fine example of his work in that arena. It is furnished with Arts and Crafts furniture and reproductions of period Wright furniture.
#4: The Lewis & Clark Festival is hosted every year by the rural community of Onawa. This Iowa getaway is held the 2nd weekend in June at the Lewis and Clark State Park.
A popular attraction is the Lewis & Clark keelboat replica. The festival also features movies about the 1804 expedition with characters in frontier dress plus historic presentations and bluegrass music.
On hand is Lewis and Clark's keelboat, Discovery, which is a full-sized reproduction. The boat was re-constructed to the exact original specifications and using only tools available at that time.
Lewis and Clark Festival Onawa Iowa
Iowa Vacation Ideas #5: For 150 years the Iowa State Fair has been hosting one of the largest state fairs in the country. It's huge, covering 400 acres and entertaining some 1 million people each year. It is the largest attraction in Iowa and lasts for two weeks starting August 11. Come with your RV or pitch a tent in the campground. There are numerous events like rodeos, rock concerts, midway rides, games .... you won't want to miss the 550 pound butter sculpture of a cow.
#6: Backbone State Park - If you are looking for an Iowa cabin vacation then check out Backbone State Park. They have modern two-bedroom cabins and renovated one-bedroom cabins .... equipped with heating and air conditioning. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking .... swimming .... boating ..... fishing .... climbing .... rappelling. Backbone State Park is Iowa's best and consists of 1,780 heavily wooded acres near Dundee. Backbone is named for its narrow and steep ridge of bedrock named "Devil's Backbone".
#7: Loy's Farm and Bed & Breakfast could be your romantic Iowa getaway. You will be staying in the heart of rural Iowa .... the town of Marengo .... in a beautiful contemporary country home. Quiet countryside and cornfields .... spacious lawns, flowers, and gourmet farm breakfasts. You can take a farm tour or visit the nearby Amish community.
#8: Fort Des Moines Memorial Park - A Fort Des Moines Iowa attraction that draws people from around the world is Fort Des Moines Memorial Park and Education Center. This cavalry post is now a National Historic Landmark. It honors the U.S. Army's first officer candidate class for African American men in 1917, .... and the establishment of the first Women's Army Auxillary Corps (WAAC's) in 1942.
#9: Wacky Water Adventure Park .... get wet and have some family fun. Lots of rides for all ages. 'Lil Squirt Children's Slide .... 55' Slide Tower .... Bumper Boats .... Wave Pool .... Interactive Kids Pirate Ship .... Bumper Boats. The lake re-opens with diving boards and cable slides.
Iowa Vacation Ideas #10: Visit the rustic rural charm of the Villages of Van Buren in Southeast Iowa. Quaint B&B's, campgrounds, historic villages such as Bentonsport with a working blacksmith, potter, sculptor and artist, an indian artifact museum with over 4,000 relics displayed artistically on various native cut wood or just relax along the county riverside park or visit the antique, fudge and craft shops.
Bonaparte, another historic district 4 miles away has a restaurant in an old mill, several antique & craft shops. Not to mention the Villages' state parks, lakes, several campgrounds and many events, that make this area one of the best vacation spots in Southeast Iowa. A feature of Bentonsport, Iowa is the Greef general Store.
This Iowa vacation idea will have you visiting Mennonite shops, Amish greenhouses, trails, barn tours.... it's really a great getaway from the big city traffic as the county has no stop lights, but plenty of scenic beauty.