The state of Iowa is unlike anything else. We have such a range of natural beauty, from caves to cliffs, and lakes to forests, plus everything in between. Some of these places we would even call “otherworldly” beautiful, and with a little imagination, these 10 places in Iowa will make you swear you’re on another planet…
1. Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa
This subterranean paradise is unlike anything you've ever seen, and it may even seem like you're on a different planet.
2. Jester Park, Granger
The trees reflecting on the water is somewhat reminscent of something from a different dimension.
3. Three Mile Lake, Afton
The way the trees jut up out of the lake makes me think of some distant planet, completely covered in water.
4. Pikes Peak State Park, McGregor
This view is truly otherworldly beautiful, is there anything else like this on Earth?!
5. The Northern Lights when they come over Iowa
When the celestial magnifence of the Northern Lights come over Iowa, you will get a view that will make you think you're on a completely different planet.
6. Crystal Lake Cave, Dubuque
Going into Crystal Lake Cave in Dubuque is like entering a different world, and it's totally mystifying.
7. Mammatus Clouds when they form over Iowa
This picture looks like some aliens took an old barn from Iowa and dropped it onto the middle of a different planet - the scene is truly unearthly.
8. The super-sized moon as it floats over a field in Iowa
The moon can look pretty amazing over Iowa's wide open skies, and the feeling you get while looking at it is absolutely magical.
9. Dunning's Spring, Decorah
This spring in Decorah looks like paradise on Earth - how could anything real be so beautiful?
10. Malanaphy Falls, Decorah
If I were transported to some distant, green planet, this is what I would imagine it to look like. But you don't need a spaceship to see this otherworldly beautiful scene - it's right here in Iowa.