GUEST BLOGGER – 10 THINGS TO DO IN IOWA

So, being that lots of stuff is going on in my head and my life right now (like catching up on three months of working 7 days a week) and talking weird and trying to figure out how to fix the garbage disposal and …

I thought I would invite another guest blogger to guest blog.

This post is from Kayla King who is a lifelong Iowan (though she’s lived a few other places, too).  Here’s what she has to say. (By the way, Kayla, I noticed you DIDN’T mention:  Attend an Iowa Cubs Game!)

TEN THINGS TO DO IN IOWA

A highly subjective list of fun, interesting, or beautiful things to see and do

1. Attend the Iowa State Fair.

This annual August event is not to be missed! You can see a variety of grandstand acts, prize-winning animals, watch numerous competitions, ejnoy the midway rides and eat more than 50 types of food on a stick. The Iowa State Fair is considered one of the top fairs in the nation and is in the book 1,000 Things to See Before You Die. http://www.iowastatefair.com

2. Ride the Boone Valley Scenic Railway.

Great for train fans and those who enjoy lovely scenery. http://www.funtrainrides.com/boone_scenic_valley.cfm

3.Experience Ledges State Park.

Hike, climb, canoe, camp and picnic. Who says Iowa is flat?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ledges_State_Park

4. Explore the Loess Hills

Travel the scenic byway or stop to hike and enjoy the view.

http://www.visitloesshills.com/

5. See the covered bridges in Madison County.

These bridges were made famous by the book and movie, but Iowans enjoyed visiting them long before that. There’s a Covered Bridge Festival every fall.

http://madisoncounty.com/index.php?page=the-bridges

6. Drive the Great River Road along the Mississippi.

Stop at some of the towns along the route.

http://www.iowagreatriverroad.com/

7. Go antiquing in Walnut.

The town of Walnut has a reputation for being a great place to buy antiques. http://www.iowasantiquecity.com/welcome.php

8. Visit Pella.

A quaint and charming town, Pella was settled by Dutch immigrants. Don’t miss the windmill tour or the Jaarsma bakery. There is an annual Tulip Time Festival every May.

http://www.pella.org

9. Discover Des Moines.

As Iowa’s largest city and the capital, there’s a lot to do. See the Iowa State Capitol Building with its gold dome (among the most beautiful state capitols in the country), walk or bike the numerous trails, catch a sporting event, shop, dine, or visit one of the many area attractions.

http://www.seedesmoines.com

10. Tour the Amana Colonies.

The Amana Colonies were established shortly before the Civil War by a group of German-speaking European settlers. This National Register of Historic Places location is one of the longest lasting communal societies in the world.

http://www.amanacolonies.com

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