Located in the Midwestern part of the United States, west of Wisconsin and Illinois and south of Minnesota, is the great state of Iowa. It sits right between the Missouri River and the Mississippi River and has a breathtaking panoramic view of its unique rolling plains and vast cornfields. Its rich history dates back to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the famous Louisiana Purchase. Notable people that hail from here include the late First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower, Buffalo Bill Cody and George Gallup who is known for founding the Gallup Poll.
Des Moines, the State Capital
With a population of more than 200 thousand people, estimated in July of 2014, Des Moines is that state's Capital. As you can deduce, this city has grown substantially since early in 1980. As more people discover the natural beauty of the state they will continue to migrate here.
Some of the amazing attractions in Des Moines include the Clive Greenbelt and Dragoon Trails, as well as the Historic United States Route 6. While you are there, also check out the Science Center, the State Historical Museum and the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
About Cedar Rapids, IA
This is the next most populated city in IA with early-2014 estimates stated to be over 120 thousand people. It is located in Linn County, northeast of the Capital city, and is no less grand. Cedar Rapids lies on the banks of the Cedar River and is known worldwide for having its "governmental offices on a municipal island.”
For enthusiasts of arts and culture, Cedar Rapids is an extraordinary place to visit. It boasts quite a few art centers, museums and highly-talented musical attractions such as their orchestra and the Theatre Organ Society. Sports fans will delight in knowing that Cedar Rapids is the home of minor league teams for several types of professional sports. It also features its own Major Arena Soccer League matches periodically.
Other Notable Cities or Towns in IA
You may be familiar with these names too, even if you have not yet visited them. Included on this list are:Davenport, Sioux City, Iowa City, Ames, and Council Bluffs.
One thing is certain, if you prefer someplace that is off the beaten path, away from the hustle and bustle of a major metropolitan city, IA is the state you must visit. Be prepared to spend a lot of time there, as plenty of other attractions await you.
Places of Interest in IA
Take a charter bus ride and experience being on the Cody Trail in Scott County. Discover Buffalo Bill Cody for yourself. As it was way back in the day, you will see a 25-mile scenic route and take in the Heavenly fresh air. This section of the state is rich in farmland and historic sites for everyone to learn about. This is marvelous for the whole family.
If you want to see some splendid, natural beauty virtually untouched by commercial development, you surely must travel on "The Glacial Trail Scenic Byway." This is a drive along a 36-mile loop that runs through the rural atmospheric towns of Linn Grove and Peterson. The downtown area in Linn Grove is quite charming and the people are very hospitable.
Other Notable Points of Interest
Do not forget to stop by the "1876 Coralville Schoolhouse Museum" located within Coralville. Educational opportunities abound here as you participate in some old-fashioned games, view exhibits that are interactive and try Spencerian penmanship. This restored schoolhouse is open all year and is accessible to those with disabilities, however you MUST have an appointment. It is highly recommended you make that appointment well in advance of your trip.
People with a passion for ethnic diversity will adore the African American Museum of IA in Cedar Rapids. Learn all about your neighbors' rich history and culture in the United States with a myriad of exhibits. The exhibits and educational programs change frequently, so repeat visitors to this museum will never be bored. Find out all about what this most-precious attraction has to offer on its website.
Preparations for Your Trip to IA
Be prepared to spend at least one full week in this state for the ultimate experience. Ideally, bus rental is recommended. Information regarding what company to hire can be found online. You will want to rent a bus so that you can pay attention to all this beautiful state has to offer without worrying about having to keep your eyes on the road. Make your reservations and trip plans today! Do not pass up the opportunity to explore this magnificent state!