Here Are 11 More Unique Day Trips In Iowa You Must Take

We heard your travel bug bite is still itching. Our first article about unique day trips in Iowa was so popular, we had people asking for more. So, here are 11 more unique day trips in Iowa that you must take this summer!

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Address: Villages of Van Buren, Inc, 809 1st St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
Address: Amana Colonies, 622 46th Ave, Amana, IA 52203, USA
Address: Des Moines, IA, USA
Address: Decorah, IA 52101, USA
Address: Sioux City Art Center, 225 Nebraska St, Sioux City, IA 51101, USA
Address: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad | James H. Andrew Railroad Museum, 225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036, USA
Address: Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption, 208 1st Ave NW, West Bend, IA 50597, USA
Address: Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque, 301 Bell St, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
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unique day trips in Iowa

May 21, 2021

What’s the most beautiful hike in Iowa?
One of our favorite hikes in Iowa is one that will take you through enormous and towering caves, and let you hop and skip across a creek. Of course, we’re talking about Maquoketa Caves State Park! Take the loop trail to see all of the park’s namesake caves and you’ll find yourself enjoying sights you would never expect to see here in the Hawkeye State.

What is the most scenic town in Iowa?
It’s hard to top Decorah when it comes to being the most scenic town in Iowa. Not only can you paddle down the Upper Iowa River to see the Bluffton Palisades, but you can hike to an ice cave and a waterfall in one loop, or take a riverside stroll to the gorgeous Malanaphy Springs cascade, which is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day.

What are the best little-known attractions in Iowa?
Some of the coolest sights in Iowa are often overlooked. For example, did you know that there’s a replica of the entire town from the Music Man in Mason City? How about an enormous observatory on the Drake Campus in Des Moines? We bet you’ve never visited either, and if you haven’t, add them to your list of places you’ve got to see.

Address: Villages of Van Buren, Inc, 809 1st St, Keosauqua, IA 52565, USA
Address: Amana Colonies, 622 46th Ave, Amana, IA 52203, USA
Address: Des Moines, IA, USA
Address: Decorah, IA 52101, USA
Address: Sioux City Art Center, 225 Nebraska St, Sioux City, IA 51101, USA
Address: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad | James H. Andrew Railroad Museum, 225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036, USA
Address: Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption, 208 1st Ave NW, West Bend, IA 50597, USA
Address: Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque, 301 Bell St, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA