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 right away. But, did you know that this state has a total of nine lovely state-designated byways and two nationally designated byways that’ll just knock your socks off? Here are seven of the best scenic drives in Iowa that you should definitely check out as soon as you get the chance:

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Address: Loess Hills Scenic Overlook, Oak Ave, Moorhead, IA 51558, USA
Address: Grant Wood Drive, Grant Wood Dr, Anamosa, IA 52205, USA
Address: Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge, Elkader, IA 52043, USA
Address: Lincoln Highway, Lincoln Hwy, Boone, IA, USA
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Best Scenic Drives In Iowa

September 04, 2021

Where are some beautiful places to visit in Iowa?  

Iowa is a uniquely beautiful state that just doesn’t seem to get enough credit. There are plenty of beautiful places all over the state, be they natural wonders or adorable small towns. If mother nature is your thing, you can’t miss an opportunity to see the incredible and photogenic Loess Hills, in western Iowa. You’ll also probably love the mysterious and pristine Maquoketa Caves, within the Driftless area. If small towns with tons of beauty are more your style, you’ll never forget a visit to the beautiful little town of Osceola, where you’ll be enchanted by the small-town friendly vibe and the rolling green hills. For more of our favorite beautiful places in Iowa you should check out as soon as you can, take a look at this article 

Where can I find amazing scenic overlooks in Iowa? 

Lots of people seem to think that Iowa is “boring” and “flat”, but they couldn’t be more mistaken. Sure, a decent portion of the state is prairies and plains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few great places with awesome scenic overlooks like Pikes Peak State Park. There, you’ll find yourself atop a 500-foot-high bluff and able to see for miles. Near the Effigy Mounds, you’ll find splendid views of the Mississippi River that are simply to die for. Don’t forget to bring a good camera, too – Iowa’s overlooks are just as photogenic as ones you’ll find in places like, say, Colorado. Also, the aforementioned Loess Hills are another excellent place for those looking for a great view of the surrounding landscape.  

Where can I go for short Iowa road trips?  

Iowa isn’t an enormous state, which means that most road trips here are going to be pretty short and sweet. For example, you can drive from wherever you are to destinations like the beautiful Iowa Great Lakes, where you can spend the entire day lounging by crisp, cool water. Alternatively, you could take a drive to towns like Dubuque (which is Iowa’s oldest city) or Pella, which is wildly unique and unlike any other small towns you’ll find in the entire Midwest. Oh, and you can’t miss the world’s largest truck stop, which is the Iowa 80 in Walcott. It’s even bigger than Texas’s legendary Buc-ees, and that’s saying a LOT.  

Address: Loess Hills Scenic Overlook, Oak Ave, Moorhead, IA 51558, USA
Address: Grant Wood Drive, Grant Wood Dr, Anamosa, IA 52205, USA
Address: Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge, Elkader, IA 52043, USA
Address: Lincoln Highway, Lincoln Hwy, Boone, IA, USA