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With borders carved by the two mightiest rivers on the continent, the Missouri and Mississippi, Iowa’s rolling landscape will introduce you to genuine treasures of "Americana." Scenic byways pass through villages where Old World influences remain strong, celebrated by colorful festivals, museums and preserved ethnic traditions. In Iowa’s metropolitan areas, experience unrivaled cultural amenities — theatre, symphony, ballet, museums and diverse culinary delights.

Iowa became the 29th State in 1846. It is known as the Hawkeye State, and Des Moines is the capital city. Iowa is bordered by two great American rivers (the Mississippi and the Missouri) on its east and west sides. It has a rich agricultural tradition and ranks first in the nation with corn and soybean production as well as in hog production from its 93,000 farms. 

Iowa was home to many famous individuals such as Herbert Hoover, John Wayne, Glenn Miller and Grant Wood, to name a few. It was part of the Lewis and Clark expedition and many other historic events. 

Iowa is a state that will fascinate you with its array of things to see and experience. From historic settlements along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, to culturally rich towns that welcome you with genuine hospitality, to bustling cities alive with modern attractions and amenities. Visit museums and art galleries. Take in an opera or theatrical performance. Cheer on your favorite team at major sporting events. Whatever your pleasure, you'll find it and more in Iowa.

Iowa offers countless ways to take advantage of its outdoor beauty. Campgrounds across the state afford relaxing getaways and access to hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. Rivers and lakes await you with opportunities for boating and fishing. Whether you prefer to get out your walking stick or your golf clubs, Iowa offers great ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

Wildlife thrives in Iowa, where five National Wildlife Refuges offer habitat for them and viewing opportunities for nature lovers.

The Iowa landscape is surprisingly diverse - from splendid, open vistas of rolling hills to lush forest hideaways of caves and limestone walls. The people of Iowa will welcome you to quaint, historic main streets and vibrant urban landscapes. 

Take in the beauty of Iowa's western prairie as you meander down trails on foot or horseback. Visit the picturesque Loess Hills, and marvel at a sky darkened by flocks of migrating waterfowl. Step back in time as you join in the festive revelry at heritage celebrations.

Southwestern Iowa exudes its western flair with a championship rodeo and superb game hunting. Visit a one-room schoolhouse for a glimpse of prairie life a century ago. Or camp at the edge of a lake and let peace and tranquility wash over you.

Ply the waters past the prehistoric contours of the land. Walk through a tall grass prairie. Pay tribute to a frontier settlement. Follow the beat of legendary musicians. And visit a city square dedicated to early 20th century movie magic.

Arts and cultural pursuits are central to this region. A day of roller coasters followed by a night of baseball is sure to thrill. And for a glimpse of the area's rich past, visit a 19th century farm and village and a wildlife refuge where buffalo still roam. 

Visit historic river towns, and catch riverboat casino fever. Then check into a charming bed and breakfast inn overlooking the might Mississippi.
Step back in time and across oceans for a taste of Old World tradition. Visit seven authentic German villages to sample wines, beers and delicious fare. Or shop for master-crafted furniture and clocks. Then fast-forward to the 21st century for a thrilling evening of stock car racing.

Whether you're spending the night or staying awhile, Iowa offers a full range of accommodations to suit your needs. From a comfortable hotel room or cozy bed and breakfast to a full-service RV park or back-to-nature public campground, Iowa's many accommodations will provide the getaway you're looking for.

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