Most People Don’t Know These 14 Hidden Gems In Iowa Even Exist

Iowa is full of surprises, even if you have lived here all your life! We are always discovering new-to-us places here in Iowa, and we love sharing these hidden gems with you! If you’re looking for your next big adventure in the Hawkeye State, read on! Here are 14 hidden gems in Iowa sure to surprise even the most knowledgeable Hawkeyes.

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Address: Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption, 208 1st Ave NW, West Bend, IA 50597, USA
Address: Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801, USA
Address: Barrelhead Winery, 9995 Laudeville Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003, USA
Address: Sabula, IA 52070, USA
Address: Amana Colonies, 622 46th Ave, Amana, IA 52203, USA
Address: American Pickers, 115 1/2 Davenport St, Le Claire, IA 52753, USA
Address: Roseman Bridge Road, Roseman Bridge Rd, Iowa 50273, USA
Address: Le Mars, IA 51031, USA
Address: Fenelon Place Elevator Company, 512 Fenelon Pl, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
Address: Mississippi River Museum, 125 N Front St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Address: Snake Alley, Burlington, IA 52601, USA
Address: Pella, IA 50219, USA
Address: Arnolds Park Amusement Park, 37 Lake St, Arnolds Park, IA 51331, USA
Address: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad | James H. Andrew Railroad Museum, 225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036, USA
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Hidden gems in Iowa

September 10, 2021

What are some other hidden gems in Iowa?

There’s a lot to discover in Iowa, and some of the most interesting destinations are places you might have never visited… or even heard of! So we combined two of our favorite things: road trips *and* hidden gems, to create an epic tour of the Hawkeye State. Our Ultimate Iowa Hidden Gem Road Trip will lead you to 10 of Iowa’s coolest hidden gems, including incredible natural attractions, must-see historic places, and some totally unique museums, too!

What are some hidden gem restaurants in Iowa?

While Iowa has some standout eateries, nationally acclaimed restaurants, and foodie favorites, sometimes it’s fun to dine at places that aren’t as well known. Because it’s often these places that have some of the very best food in the state! If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten path places to dine in Iowa, definitely check out these 11 gems. Notable spots on the list include Bluff Lake Catfish Farm, Teddy’s Barn and Grill (no — that’s not a spelling error; this restaurant really is inside an old barn!), and Sneaky’s Chicken over in Sioux City.

What are some fun road trips in Iowa?

For anyone with a spirit of wanderlust, there’s nothing better than a road trip. We love road trips here in Iowa because they allow us to explore the state and discover new-to-us places often off the beaten path. Here are 10 amazing road trips in Iowa; we’ve included some of our favorite destinations such as the charming town of Pella, the birthplace of John Wayne, and the wondrous Maquoketa Caves State Park. Gas up the car and hit the road!

Address: Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption, 208 1st Ave NW, West Bend, IA 50597, USA
Address: Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801, USA
Address: Barrelhead Winery, 9995 Laudeville Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003, USA
Address: Sabula, IA 52070, USA
Address: Amana Colonies, 622 46th Ave, Amana, IA 52203, USA
Address: American Pickers, 115 1/2 Davenport St, Le Claire, IA 52753, USA
Address: Roseman Bridge Road, Roseman Bridge Rd, Iowa 50273, USA
Address: Le Mars, IA 51031, USA
Address: Fenelon Place Elevator Company, 512 Fenelon Pl, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
Address: Mississippi River Museum, 125 N Front St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Address: Snake Alley, Burlington, IA 52601, USA
Address: Pella, IA 50219, USA
Address: Arnolds Park Amusement Park, 37 Lake St, Arnolds Park, IA 51331, USA
Address: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad | James H. Andrew Railroad Museum, 225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036, USA