This Epic Road Trip Leads To 7 Iconic Landmarks In Iowa
If you were making a list of Iowa’s iconic landmarks, what would you include? There are plenty of choices scattered around the state, and we’ve compiled a list of just seven of them into an epic “Iowa Iconic Landmarks” road trip adventure.
It's not a short road trip, either - spanning Iowa from west to east takes time! As such, you may want to split this epic Iconic Iowa Landmarks Road Trip between two days.
Ready to do this? Let's go!
1. Grotto of the Redemption
Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption, 208 1st Ave NW, West Bend, IA 50597, USA
Start your Iowa Iconic Landmarks Road Trip at the Grotto of the Redemption. Of course this made the list: it's *only* the largest grotto in the world!
2. Loess Hills
Loess Hills State Forest, Jackson Township, IA 51564, USA
Next stop, the Loess Hills on the western border of the Hawkeye State. The beautiful, rolling vistas here aren't something you want to miss!
3. The Iowa State Capitol
Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319, USA
The next iconic landmark on the trip is the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines. The whole Des Moines skyline is an iconic landmark, but especially that gold dome on the capitol.
4. Pella Historical Village
Pella Historical Village & Vermeer Windmill, 507 Franklin St, Pella, IA 50219, USA
Pella is easily the most famous small town in Iowa, and for good reason. From Dutch-inspired flowers to food to architecture, there's much to delight here in downtown Pella.
5. The American Gothic House
American Gothic Street, American Gothic St, Eldon, IA 52554, USA
The famous American artist Grant Wood's most famous painting is arguably set in Iowa! Or the house in it is, at least. It's a house you can still visit: the picturesque American Gothic House.
6. Amana Colonies
Amana Colonies, 622 46th Ave, Amana, IA 52203, USA
The unique Amana Colonies are one of Iowa's most famous National Historic Landmarks, and one of America's longest-lasting communal societies. The history here is fascinating!
7. Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams, 223 W Jackson Ave, Vinton, VA 24179, USA
And of course, what iconic landmark road trip through Iowa would be complete without a stop at Field of Dreams? Made famous by the movie and the line "This is Iowa," this baseball diamond in a cornfield is Iowa, through and through.
To see this route for yourself, head to Google Maps
here. And to make an even bigger road trip out of it, consider adding a stop at another iconic Iowa landmark ( Effigy Mounds National Monument) after you finish touring Field of Dreams.
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