It can be so easy to forget that we live in such a beautiful state that has such a wildly diverse landscape. Next time you’re feeling sick of being cooped up, make time to get out there and see all the beauty of the Hawkeye State. You will be so impressed with all the breathtaking sights you can discover right in your own backyard! This road trip is a great way to discover all the great Iowa caves and waterfalls. You’ll spend a day on the road taking in all the sights along the Mississippi River banks in Iowa. Want to extend the adventure? You can easily make it a two-day trip by spending the night in Iowa’s oldest town. A stay in the Port of Dubuque, Iowa makes for an unforgettable experience!

Aren’t we so lucky to live here in the gorgeous Hawkeye State? The scenery in Iowa is surreal and the more time you spend exploring, the more you’ll fall in love.

Have you ever explored any of these magical Iowa caves and waterfalls? Which is your favorite? Share your experiences in the comments!

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