Visit A Hidden Cave, Then Dine At A Historic Iowa Restaurant On This Cave-Themed Day Trip
By Raymond Goldfield|Published October 17, 2022
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.
Northeast Iowa is one of the state’s lesser-known regions, packed with small towns and beautiful wonders – but no major metropolitan areas as you make your way up the banks of the Mississippi. That makes it the perfect place to discover some great surprises on a one-day day trip. First, in Edgewood, you’ll find what might be the best-hidden cave in Iowa, a wonder dating back to ancient times. From there, it’s on to one of the oldest hotels in Iowa for a meal in a truly unforgettable experience. The best part is, you’ll likely have these fascinating locations all to yourself – that is, until you start telling your friends about this one-of-a-kind day trip.
Have you visited the Franklin Hotel’s restaurant or seen this hidden cave in Iowa? Tell us about your trip in the comments section. If you’re planning a meal or a stay at the Franklin Hotel, make sure to visit their website and Facebook page before you go. If you’re looking for a larger cave to explore, make sure to learn about how to explore the Maquoketa Caves safely before you go.
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