Iowa August 19, 2020
The 220-Mile Scenic Drive In Iowa You Will Want To Take As Soon As You Can
Iowa is full of stunning rural and urban beauty, but nothing quite blends our towns, cities, and natural wonders quite like the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway. Any time spent traveling along this extraordinary landscape is sure to be a memory that you treasure for life.
The Loess Hills National Scenic Byway is a 220-mile adventure that shows off remarkably unique topography.
These rolling hills rise up seemingly out of nowhere in Western Iowa, covering the state from north to south for more than 220 miles, though the tract is only 15 miles wide.
The Loess Hills National Scenic Byway celebrates the feature with a road network that stretches from our southern border until well beyond Sioux City.
Along the way, there are plenty of places to stop for a stunning scenic overlook. Murray Hill offers one of the most unique views in the state.
You'll also have many opportunities to get out of the car and stretch your legs. The Loess Hills National Scenic Byway passes by Preparation Canyon State Park, Waubonsie State Park, Broken Kettle Grasslands, and more.
There are seemingly endless spots to pull over and head out on a hike. Many travelers make this a camping road trip, with an overnight stay at Preparation Canyon.
The Missouri Valley and Loess Hills are most scenic in the fall, when the leaves start to change. The bright bursts of color will leave you with lasting memories of Iowa's beauty.
For a long list of businesses, campgrounds, overlooks, and hiking opportunities along the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway,
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