Iowa March 16, 2017
The Epic Adventure Bucket List Every Iowan Must Complete
With warmer weather finally starting to arrive in the Hawkeye State, now is the perfect time to starting planning out which adventures you want to take before the year’s over. Full of breathtaking natural wonders and unforgettable outdoor attractions, every Iowan should complete this epic adventure bucket list that we’ve put together.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Pikes Peak State Park - McGregor
A place that's so magical you'll often feel like you've somehow stepped into a real life version of Narnia, Pikes Peak State Park is an absolute gem. The park is one of Iowa's most photographed places and gives you an unforgettable view of the Mississippi River that you'll never want to take your eyes off of. Throughout the park, you can find gorgeous well-kept trails that will lead you to serene places, a wonderful part of our state that's worth exploring.
To find out more information about this amazing state park, read our original post
2. Sky Tours Zipline - Dubuque
An adventure that's simply impossible to forget, taking a trip to Sky Tours in Dubuque is something you won't regret crossing off of your 2017 bucket list. Sending you through the air above Union Park, visitors will be surrounded by greenery and breathtaking views.
To learn more about these zipline courses, read our original post
3. Ledges State Park - Madrid
One of the most visited parks in Iowa, Ledges State Park is a favorite for good reason. Not only does the park feature serene trails and a charming little stone bridge, it also attracts plenty of visitors with its unique sandstone gorge. A great place to visit during our warmer months when you can take advantage of the great camping spots, staying overnight in the park allows you to explore all there is to see!
To learn more about the history of these incredible glaciers and looming sandstone walls, read our original post
4. Devonian Fossil Gorge - Iowa City
Ready to take an adventure that will send you back in time? Visit Iowa's Devonian Fossil Gorge and you'll be able to walk on a 375 million year old ocean floor. The extraordinary natural wonder was only discovered in the early 1990's after a series of floods. Visitors can stop at the Entry Plaza to learn about the history of this geological wonder before they go exploring, something that's worth your while!
To find out more about this unbelievable gorge, read our original post
5. Maquoketa Caves State Park - Maquoketa
One of our favorite places to explore, make the trip out to Jackson County and you'll find an over 300-acre park that's perfect for any true explorer. With trails leading you through caverns and gorgeous rock formations, you won't find any other place like this in Iowa.
To learn more about how the mind-blowing trails at this state park, read our original post
6. Loess Hills - Hitchcock Nature Center
Spanning across seven Iowa counties, Loess Hills as a whole is the most beautiful and remote destination in our state. Stretching along the Missouri River for over 200 miles, explorers can take adventures to specific areas like the Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek to see what this place is all about.
To learn more about this isolated spot that will sweep you off of your feet, read our original post
7. Backbone State Park - Dundee
Another state park in Iowa that you won't want to miss out on seeing, Backbone State Park covers over 2,000 acres of beautiful secluded land. Right within Delaware County, the park is a popular place to go if you're looking to catch a glimpse of our wildlife and emerge yourself in nature. From hiking trails and cabins to beaches and rocky staircases, Backbone will completely take you away from it all.
To learn more about this impressive park, read our original post
8. Wabash Trace Nature Trail
Covering over 60-miles and leading you down near our state border, this rail trail is one of the most beautiful trail's you'll ever explore in the Hawkeye State. A popular place to go if you're looking to take an adventure that you can experience on a set of wheels, you'll frequently see bike riders exploring the Wabash Trace trail. Bringing you across historic bridges and through picturesque tree tunnels, this rail trail will steal your breath away.
To learn more about how you can explore this trail, read our original post
9. Dunnings Spring Park - Decorah
What better way to top off an adventurous bucket list than to conclude things with a destination that features a memorable waterfall that you'll instantly love? Head on out to Winneshiek County and you'll find a 200-foot waterfall that's like something out of your dreams! Dunnings Spring Park is home to the beautiful Dunnings Spring Falls that you absolutely need to visit at least once in your lifetime.
To learn more about this amazing waterfall, read our original post
How many of these destinations have you already crossed off of your bucket list? If you’re looking to take a more relaxing adventure, then check out
This Secret Garden In Iowa That You’re Guaranteed To Love!