Iowa June 15, 2016
These 7 Beautiful Byways In Iowa Are Perfect For A Scenic Drive
When you think of scenic drives, Iowa isn’t likely to come to mind. But, did you know that this state has a total of nine state-designated byways, and two nationally-designated byways that will knock your socks off? Here are 7 that you should definitely check out.
1. Historic Hills
The Historic Hills Scenic Byway can be found in the southeastern corner of the state. Although you’ll definitely see your share of farms and fields, there are many forested areas along this byway.
2. Driftless Area
The Drifless Area, which is also referred to as the Paleozoic Plateau, is a unique area in the extreme northeastern corner of the state. Expect panoramic vistas of bluffs and distant river valleys.
3. Grant Wood
Perhaps the most well-known byway is the Grant Wood Scenic Byway. It features breathtaking farm views that inspired many of the artist’s most famous works.
4. Delaware Crossing
The Delaware Crossing is a 36-mile long loop in northeastern Iowa. Take a stop off the byway and go fishing or canoeing in the summer, or snowmobiling in the winter.
5. Lincoln Highway
The longest byway in Iowa, the historic Lincoln Highway was founded in 1913 and was America's first transcontinental improved highway. It crosses the entire state of Iowa and weaves through a total of 13 other states.
6. Loess Hills
One of Iowa’s national scenic byways, the Loess Hills offers unique views because the area is made up almost entirely of windblown soils. Only China has formations as high, making this byway one-of-a-kind in the U.S.
7. Western Skies
Tired of spending your time on I-80 when driving through the western portion of the state? Get off the beaten path and drive the Western Skies Scenic Byway. Make sure you stop and check out the First National Bank that was robbed by Bonnie and Clyde.
These are just a few of the amazing byways that Iowa has to offer. Which one is your favorite?