Iowa Vacations

Within one state, vacationers on Iowa getaways can enjoy views of the mighty rivers, step onto the Field of Dreams, enjoy time along great lakes, hit the links for some golfing, connect with nature at wildlife refuges, test lady luck at casinos, explore big cities, and a full range of other fun things to do. When planning Iowa vacations, the questions of where to go and when to go can have many answers. Whatever you decide, you'll be sure to find an escape away from the everyday and warm midwestern charm.

Weekend getaways to Iowa are perfect options for those living in the biggest cities of the midwest, including Chicago, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Omaha. With a central location, a border shared with six states, a network of interstate highways, and an abundance of airports, it's easy to get to your chosen location for weekend getaways to Iowa.

Many who plan Iowa vacations want to spend time enjoying the Mississippi River. Part of the Quad Cities, Dubuque is a fine choice for Iowa family vacations, especially thanks to the addition to the America's River at the Port of Dubuque. This riverside locale is home to one of the state's newest resorts, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, a riverwalk, and waterpark, perfect for visitors of all ages. Grown-ups will enjoy the Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino on their Iowa getaways. Add to that a full range of Dubuque hotels and attractions, you'll find the perfect components for worthwhile Iowa vacations.

The Missouri River, at the western border of Iowa, is bordered by dramatic bluffs and several casinos that are options for weekend getaways to Iowa or more extended vacations. When in Council Bluffs, visitors will also find a network of hiking trails and places to learn about history, including the Mormon pioneers who made the trek west and passed through this state. Sioux City, to the north of Council Bluffs and on the border with South Dakota, is known for its special events, including Mardi Gras similar to another Mississippi River city (New Orleans), the Siouxland Lewis & Clark Marathon, and River-Cade summer festival.

This isn't to leave out the interior; there's a whole range of choices for Iowa getaways. The capital city of Des Moines and college towns like Iowa City and Coralville are home to numerous museums, gardens, and zoos where families can combine learning and fun. In Dyersville, when the weather's warm, those in Iowa family vacations can step onto the Field of Dreams Movie Site. Families also can visit one of the waterparks. Both indoor and outdoor water slides ensure fun, no matter what the weather.

Theme parks, a staple of Iowa family vacations, are other options for summertime fun. Adventureland Park in Altoona is home to thrilling coasters, and Arnold's Park, one of the longest operating parks anywhere, brings back the golden age of amusement parks.

Arnold's Park, near the Minnesota border in the Okoboji region, is just one of the places vacationers can add to their Iowa getaways. Spirit Lake and the rest of the interconnected lakes are perfect places for watersports and other leisure pursuits. Along the shores, folks on Iowa vacations will find places to camp, hike, shop, and dine.

Vacationers looking for a sophisticated, relaxed, or quiet getaway without the kids will find plenty to fit the bill. Resorts, spas, casinos, and golfing destinations are all tempting options for romantic Iowa getaways.

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