The Most Affordable Iowa Road Trip Takes You To Eight Stunning Sites For Under $100
By Raymond Goldfield|Updated on February 07, 2023(Originally published February 01, 2023)
Raymond Goldfield is a life-long New Jersey resident and an avid traveler and foodie who can be usually found on the Jersey Shore during the offseason or checking out the latest seasonal flavors at The Bent Spoon in Princeton. He has been working for Only In Your State for since early 2022, where he writes for New Jersey and Iowa and edits the Mid-Atlantic region. He can also be found writing about pop culture for GeekDad. When at home, he enjoys reading comic books and is part of The Rabbitt Stew podcast team. While New Jersey is his home base, he travels regularly and has visited Virginia, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, and Canada as well as all of NJ's border states. Ultimate travel goal? Visit all the best buffets in the United States.
Planning a road trip can be time-consuming, especially when you have a large crew to pack into the car – and then there is the cost. But road trips in IA don’t have to be expensive. Planning affordable trips in Iowa is possible, especially when you have an itinerary laid out in advance. This affordable road trip in Iowa combines free and low-cost activities along with reasonably-priced meals and treats for a full day of fun in the Hawkeye State. You’ll see natural beauty, fascinating museums, and some of Iowa’s most underrated activities on a full day of travel from central Iowa to its eastern border. So pack up the supplies and bring your explorer’s energy, because an affordable adventure awaits on this road trip itinerary!
Are you excited about this affordable road trip in Iowa? What are your favorite low-or-no-cost activities in the Hawkeye State? Let us know in the comments section. If you’re interested in more affordable trips in Iowa, consider exploring these countryside hidden gems.
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Whether you enjoy hiking trails with scenic views and waterfalls, interesting museums, or culturally significant destinations, there is plenty to see and do in Iowa. Here are a few unique places to see in Iowa on your next road trip:
Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, IA: With 13 caves to explore and six miles of hiking trails this state park has a lot to love for adventure seekers. The area is also known for its unique and diverse wildlife that includes rare species like bats, salamanders, and birds. Plus, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views from overlook points along the trails leading through the park.
The Loess Hills, Jackson Township, IA: The perfect hiking day trip, the Loess Hills in Iowa are a unique area formed by wind-blown silt (called loess) as glaciers retreated over the area at the end of the last ice age. This epic 650,000-acre landscape is the biggest prairie in Iowa.
Dyersville, Iowa: The town of Dyersville might sound familiar to you if you are a baseball movie fan. It is the home of the Field of Dreams movie site. You can visit the field and the movie-themed gift shop, then check out the rest of this charming town.
Iowa Waterfalls Road Trip: If you love waterfalls you'll get a kick out of this entire road trip planned around seeing some of Iowa's best waterfalls. The itinerary will take you to eight distinct waterfalls in the state.
Haunted Iowa Road Trip: Do you enjoy something a little more on the spooky side? If so, this road trip to see a few of the places in Iowa that are believed to be haunted might get your ghost senses tingling. The scariest places in Iowa await you on this unique road trip adventure.