Everything you should know before your next trip to Iowa
Iowa is filled with great things to be proud of. Aside from being known as the top corn producer in the U.S., it’s also known for its unique Midwestern attractions. All regions of Iowa are open to visitors.
As you’re exploring Iowa, you’ll discover attractions like Museums and Aquariums that will widen your knowledge, various parks for an adventurous experience, several scenic landscapes like Bridges to boost your creativity. Both Iowa residents and visitors attest that there’s something exceptional about the state that makes people come back for more.
Brief History and Interesting Facts about IOWA
Iowa became the 29th state in the U.S. on December 28, 1846. Being a Midwestern state, Iowa stands as a bridge between the eastern forests and the western grasslands of the high prairie plains. Its landscape extends westward from the Mississippi River, which constitutes the whole eastern border.
The Missouri River and its tributary (Big Sioux) constitute the western border, making Iowa the only state in the U.S. with two parallel rivers. Its bordering states are Wisconsin and Illinois (East), Nebraska and South Dakota (West), Missouri (South), and Minnesota (North). Des Moines is the state capital. The name “IOWA” was derived from the Iowa Native American population, who were the area’s former inhabitants.
A culture called the Effigy Mound Builders inhabited northeastern Iowa around 1400 and 750 B.C. The over 200 mounds of earth (having different animal shapes like birds, bison, and bears) present in Effigy Mounds National Monument were believed to have been used to track celestial events or for ceremonial purposes.
Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented the first slicing machine in Iowa. The first automatic sliced bread was produced on July 6, 1928.
Sabula town in Jackson County, Iowa, is the only one town island in Iowa. It is found in the region of the Mississippi Island. About six hundred people live there, and it has an area of 1.26 sq mi.
Iowa has one of the world’s largest trail bridges. The 25-mile bridge spreads across five towns in Iowa, and it crosses from Woodward to Ankeny across the Des Moines River valley. It is 130ft high and half a mile long.
Iowa is the home of the famous Spirit Lake, the biggest glacier lake in the state. While West Okoboji and East Okoboji lakes are the deepest lakes in Iowa.
The delicious red apples originated from Peru, Iowa.
Iowa has a high rank in soybean production, cereal, beef, corn, and pork production. Iowa serves as a source of food to neighboring states. Their farms are capable of producing sufficient food to feed more than 300 people. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Iowa has over 85,000 farms.
One-Of-Kind Side Attraction to Visit in Iowa
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum is located at the World’s Largest Truckstop close to Walcott. In this trucking museum, you will see unique and rare trucks that are displayed. You will also get to watch a short film about trucking history and improve your knowledge of the unparalleled magnificence of ancient trucks.
Maquoketa Caves State Park
Maquoketa Caves State Park allows visitors to look into the world below their feet. It’s a famous park in Iowa with many above-ground hiking trails that discover a fantastic natural wonder, “the Balanced Rock,” bluffs, and Woodlands. But the major attraction of this park is the caves.
The Dancehall Cave is a lighted cave with a walkway or high ceilings and a walkway for claustrophobic people. And for people that don’t bother staying in tight spaces, Maquoketa Caves State Park gives access to over a dozen of other caves that need a flashlight to explore and likely have a change of clothes. A big campsite in the park is assembled for R.V.s and tents.
Grotto of the Redemption
This shrine is an incredible attraction in Iowa because it is the world’s largest man-made grotto. It can also be referred to as the West Bend Grotto. It has nine different grottos, all built from gems and precious stones and handcrafted by a local pastor and few other people. It is open to everyone every day all through the year. Irrespective of your denomination or religion, the West Bend Grotto is evidence of what a man with a mission can achieve anything in life.
Dunning’s springs is a magnificent waterfall. This fantastic 200-foot-tall waterfall is located few minutes from downtown Decorah.
It’s truly a beautiful wonder to behold. You can take a hike around the park or plan a picnic lunch with your family.
High Trestle Trail Bridge
If you’re a lover of nature and you want to have an unforgettable experience, then this High Trestle Trail is a place you’ll love to visit because it’s truly a work of art. It’s 130ft tall and a half a mile long bridge. At night, it gets overwhelmed with blue light. You can walk, jog, or take a bike across the bridge. High Trestle Trail bridge is located close to Madrid.
Iowa is filled with unique experiences. You can visit the more vibrant cities in Iowa to get a taste of the nightlife, good food, theatres, museums, and music. You’re truly going to have an unforgettable experience if you decide to explore Iowa.