These 12 Road Trips In Iowa Will Lead You To Places You’ll Never Forget

Iowa, mile for mile, offers some of the most beautiful sights in the country.  With so much to see, we found 12 great places you can visit in all areas of the state. From the rolling Loess Hills of western Iowa to the Mississippi river towns of the eastern part of our state, featured here are some of the absolute best Iowa road trips. Get your bags packed and ready with our Road Trip Essentials Packing List & Guide, and then hit the road!

What are some more spots to add to your list of road trip destinations? Share your picks for the best road trips in Iowa with us!

For more of the best road trips in Iowa, check out these 15 historical Iowa sites. And this list of the best things to do in Iowa each month of the year is great for those looking for more ways to explore the Hawkeye State.

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Best road trips in Iowa

September 21, 2021

What are the best small-town road trips in Iowa?

We love Iowa's small towns, and so many of them make for excellent day trips or weekend getaways. You can find seven of the top locations for small-town getaways in Iowa in this feature. Notable Iowa small towns on this list include:

  • Marquette
  • Winterset
  • Boone
  • Bellvue
  • Pella

Why does everyone love Pella so much? Because it's absolutely enchanting! Come and stroll Pella's cute streets, enjoy a historic Dutch village, try some authentic Dutch eats, marvel at the beautiful town gardens, have fun at Lake Red Rock, and much more.

What are some must-visit places in Iowa?

Iowa is such a great place for day trips. Not too big, not too small, with an abundance of fun in each and every corner of the state! Some of the best day trip locations in Iowa are:

  • Backbone State Park
  • The small town of Eldora
  • Pammel State Park
  • Historic Union Park
  • The World's Largest Truck Stop

From historic sites and charming small towns to beautiful natural areas and must-visit attractions, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in the Hawkeye State. Read more about the best day trips in Iowa.

What are some hidden gems in Iowa?

There are so many great places to visit in the Hawkeye State, as evidenced by the above list of the best road trips in Iowa! Some other places well worth exploring are:

And if you're a history buff, these 15 historical landmarks in Iowa are sure to quench your thirst for Hawkeye State history.