Top Choice Museum in Amana Colonies

Amana Heritage Museum

Offers a good overview of the colonies. Ask about the cell phone tours.
Top Choice Historic Site in Iowa Great River Road

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.
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 …
Museum in Madison County

John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

This glitzy new museum is devoted to the life and career of John Wayne, aka Marion Robert Morrison. The house where he was born in 1907 is included and is just around the corner.
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…
Historic Site in Dubuque

4th Street Elevator

Built in 1882, this funicular railway climbs a steep hill from downtown for huge views.
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.
Museum in Eldon

American Gothic House Center

This museum does a swell job of interpreting Grant Wood's iconic American Gothic (1930) – the pitchfork painting – that sparked a million parodies. The actual painting is in the Art Institute of Chicago.
Museum in Quad Cities

Figge Art Museum

The glass-walled Figge Art Museum sparkles above the River Road. The museum’s Midwest Regionalist Collection includes the only self-portrait by American Gothic painter Grant Wood; you can also stroll through the wor…
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…