10 Slow-Paced Small Towns in Iowa Where Life Is Still Simple

Iowa is a state full of small towns. Although we do have some pretty great cities, the small towns are what really make up our state’s unique personality. We told you about some great small towns in this article, and now we’re bringing you 10 more little towns in Iowa where life moves a little slower and the sense of community is strong:

Small Iowa towns are some of the sweetest places you’ll ever visit. Stop on by any of these places to enjoy the scenery and be treated like a neighbor. What do you think; are these not the best small towns in Iowa? If we missed your favorite little locale, please share it with us in the comments below!

Address: Clear Lake, IA 50428, USA
Address: Belle Plaine, IA 52208, USA
Address: Cascade, IA 52033, USA
Address: Belmond, IA 50421, USA
Address: Anita, IA 50020, USA
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best small towns in Iowa

September 12, 2021

What’s the most scenic small town in Iowa?

We can’t pick just one scenic small town in Iowa as the superlative superstar, so here are 10! While each one is delightful and full of character, these Iowa towns somehow manage to shine a bit brighter than the rest. On the list, Pella, The Amana Colonies, Decorah, and Orange City are particularly lovely. We also love Mount Vernon and Lisbon, two lovely little towns perfect for exploring. While you’re in the area, spend a day (or two) at Palisades-Kepler State Park, and when you get hungry, check out Skillet Cafe. Make sure to visit again in early May so you can check out the Chalk the Walk Festival, where artists from all across Iowa gather to create beautiful chalk art on the street. Visit the Mount Vernon-Lisbon website to peruse a calendar of events and other information about visiting both lovely little locales.

What are the best small towns in Iowa for day trips?

We simply adore the small Iowa town of Pella. Known for its Dutch culture and postcard-perfect downtown, Pella really is the perfect destination for a family-friendly getaway in Iowa. Less than an hour from Des Moines, Pella is a small town that feels like entering another time and place — and country! Founded by immigrants from Holland in 1847, Pella is a place that celebrates its Netherlands culture and heritage. The downtown is absolutely resplendent, filled with whimsical windmills, Dutch architecture and shops, and lovely green areas that, during the spring, come alive with the color of thousands of tulips!

What’s the smallest town in Iowa?

While the above towns in Iowa are small, they’re nowhere near as tiny as Le Roy! As of 2020, the population of Le Roy, Iowa is (are you ready for this?) 14. Yep — just 14 residents call Le Roy home! This teeny-tiny town is often paired with Beaconsfield, another little locale in Iowa that edges out Le Roy’s population… but just barely. As of 2020, the population of Beaconsfield was just 15. Talk about tiny!

Address: Clear Lake, IA 50428, USA
Address: Belle Plaine, IA 52208, USA
Address: Cascade, IA 52033, USA
Address: Belmond, IA 50421, USA
Address: Anita, IA 50020, USA