Iowa is full of surprises, even if you have lived here all your life! I’m always discovering new things that I would have never known about until I stumbled across them on accident. So, to make your summer a little more interesting, here are 14 hidden gems in Iowa to check out!
1. Grotto of Redemption in West Bend.
Considered the "eighth wonder of the world," the Grotto is a religious shrine that was built out of precious stone by a priest.
2. Figge Art Museum in Davenport.
The museum was designed by renowned British architect David Chipperfield, and hosts many classes and special events aside from the regular exhibitions and galleries.
3. Barrel Head Winery in Dubuque.
A great winery with knowledgeable hosts and many award winning wines.
4. The island of Sabula.
This is Iowa's only island, and it's on the Mississippi River.
5. The Amana Colonies.
These German villages are full of artsy-craftsy kind of stores and they hand-make most of their stuff.
6. The American Pickers' shop, Antique Archeology, in Le Claire.
This is a neat little shop and the city of Le Claire is absolutely beautiful.
7. Roseman Bridge, one of the bridges of Madison County.
From the Clint Eastwood movie, "Bridges of Madison County."
8. Le Mars, the ice cream capital of the world.
They are most famous for their line of Blue Bunny ice cream. Pistachio all the way.
9. Fenelon Place Elevator Car in Dubuque.
This is the steepest incline train-ride in the country.
10. Mississippi River Museum in Dubuqe.
A really cool museum with some awesome exhibits.
11. Snake Alley in Burlington.
This is the most twisted and winding road in the country.
12. Dutch city of Pella with their windmills.
They have an adorable town with cobblestone roads, too.
13. Arnolds Park Amusement Park in Arnolds Park.
This isn't "hidden" per se but it's a cool place to check out if you've never been there.
14. Scenic train rides in Boone.
This obviously isn't the train that they give rides on but they do go over that bridge.
What are some of your favorite hidden gems in Iowa? Share them in the comments section below!