The Magic of Midwest Covered Bridges
Madison County, Iowa
Six of Madison County's original 19 covered bridges remain today -- enough to have inspired a best-selling novel and movie. A covered bridge festival in October features music, a quilt show, local artists, a parade and guided bus tours of the covered bridges. Winterset, the county seat, is about 40 miles southwest of Des Moines. Pictured at left is the Hogback bridge, built in 1884.
Getting started: Visit the Madison County website for information on the bridges.
While you're there: Fans of John Wayne may want to visit the four-room home where he was born May 26, 1907, the son of Winterset pharmacist Clyde Morrison and his wife, Mary Brown Morrison. Head to Des Moines for a variety of lodgings, restaurants and activities. Be sure to wander through the recently completed John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines, dotted with 24 sculptures worth an estimated $40 million.