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Every month of the year brings surprises, so why not participate in some of your own with these fun getaways in Iowa? The rental website Vrbo is perfect for finding a getaway that fits your interests and your party size, and there is one for every time of the year. Whether you want to luxuriate in a hot tub while the weather is frightful outside, or you’re looking forward to being inches away from the water during a summer heat wave, these 12 seasonal rentals in Iowa are the perfect way to celebrate a new year. Who knows — you may even find yourself sharing the grounds with some wildlife! These 12 escapes are truly one of a kind and some of the best places to stay in Iowa.

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Which of these seasonal getaways in Iowa are you looking forward to visiting? Tell us all about your travel plans for the year in the comments section. And for some help packing in the winter months, try out our handy Ultimate Winter Packing List. While you’re on the road, here’s a list of the best road trip-worthy adventures to experience in Iowa.

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Historic Towns In Iowa

What are some of the best historic getaways in Iowa?

  • Burlington: Sitting on the picturesque Mississippi River, this charming town in Southeast Iowa offers shopping, recreational activities, and some of the best dining in the state. But history is a big draw for many visitors. Burlington was incorporated in 1836 and serves as the county seat of Des Moines. Here you'll find the Hawkeye Log Cabin where the first American flag was raised in the state and other famous landmarks with museums showcasing them. And you must visit Snake Alley which was named the Crookedest Street In The World by "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!"
  • Cedar Rapids: This is another town that sits on the water, namely the Cedar River. You will find history here, especially in the beautiful, defining architecture, and do some shopping while you're out and about. Catch a show at the stunning Paramount Theatre which opened in 1928 and is still a performing arts venue. One of our favorite stops is the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library to learn about the culture of another land. And if you're an artist or art lover, don't miss the Grant Wood collection at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.
  • Dubuque: Founded in 1833, this is Iowa's oldest community, and it houses the only Iowa courthouse with a gold-leaf dome. Before it was formerly settled, its caretakers were members of the Indian tribe the Meskwakie Nation, Iowa's only federally recognized Indian tribe. The town is named after the first settler and a friend of the tribe, French-Canadian fur trader Julien Dubuque. Now more than 350 buildings in the town have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Imagine what a field trip here might uncover.


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