Top Choice Park in Des Moines

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

This curvaceous public park has great skyline views and features sculptures by 22 celebrated artists, including Sol LeWitt, Keith Haring and Willem de Kooning. Fine-dining restaurants and boutique shops line its per…
Top Choice Museum in Dubuque

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Learn about life (of all sorts) on the Mississippi at this impressive museum, part of a vast riverfront development. Exhibits span steamboating, aquatic life and indigenous Mississippi River dwellers.
Top Choice Historic Site in Iowa

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Hundreds of mysterious Native American burial mounds sit in the bluffs above the Mississippi River in this gorgeous corner of far northeast Iowa. Listen to songbirds as you hike the lush trails.
Museum in Iowa

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

On August 20, 1804, Sergeant Charles Floyd became the only person to die on the Lewis and Clark expedition team, probably from appendicitis. You can learn much more about this and other aspects of the journey at the…
Nature Reserve in Dubuque

Mines of Spain Recreation Area

This vast expanse of Mississippi River Bluffland just south of Dubuque offers 12 miles of hiking trails with scenic overlooks, picnic facilities and even a wildlife observation blind. Head to the EB Lyons Interpreti…
Museum in Davenport

Figge Art Museum

The glass-walled Figge Art Museum sparkles above the River Road. The museum’s Midwest Regionalist Collection includes many works by Iowa native (and American Gothic painter) Grant Wood; you can also stroll through t…
Historic Building in Des Moines

State Capitol

From the sparkling gold dome to the spiral staircases and stained glass in the law library, every detail at this bling-heavy capitol (1886) seems to try to outdo the next. Join a free tour and you can climb halfway …
State Park in Iowa

Pikes Peak State Park

A nature reserve at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers with 10 intertwined hiking trails and sweeping views from the hilltop campground.
Museum in Amana Colonies

Amana Heritage Museum

Offers a good overview of the colonies. Ask about the cell phone tours.
Museum in Iowa City

Old Capitol Museum

The cute gold-domed building at the heart of the University of Iowa campus is the Old Capitol. Built in 1840, it was the seat of government until 1857 when Des Moines grabbed the reins. It's now a museum with galler…