The Ultimate Iowa Hidden Gem Road Trip Will Take You To 10 Incredible Little-Known Spots In The State

There’s a lot to discover in Iowa and some of the most interesting destinations are places you might have never visited – or never even heard of. Here’s a tour of the Hawkeye State that will lead you to 10 of Iowa’s hidden gems, including incredible natural attractions, must-see historic places and more. Get ready for some Iowa windshield time and prepare to be amazed on this road trip to the state’s best hidden gems. Here’s the full route on Google Maps. It’s a route that will take you through a big swath of eastern and central Iowa.

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This road trip covers a lot of ground in Iowa – it would take more than 11 hours if you drove straight through, but who could pass any of these sites without pulling over? Did we miss any gems on this road trip? Let us know with this form.

Address: 32264 Pikes Peak Rd, McGregor, IA 52157, USA
Address: 512 Fenelon Pl, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
Address: 9688 Caves Rd, Maquoketa, IA 52060, USA
Address: 1500 Westfield Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701, USA
Address: Field of Dreams Way, Dyersville, IA 52040, USA
Address: 210 Parkside Dr, West Branch, IA 52358, USA
Address: 300 American Gothic St, Eldon, IA 52554, USA
Address: High Trestle Trail, Iowa, USA
Address: 208 1st Ave NW, West Bend, IA 50597, USA
Address: Clear Lake, IA 50428, USA