20 Reasons We Love Iowa
Villages of Van Buren County
Tiny and quaint, 1800s ports line the Des Moines River in southeast Iowa. Hike or canoe in Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, (319) 293-3502; iowadnr.com; pictured at left, or take a leisurely journey through the area on the 85-mile Historic Hills Scenic Byway (byways.org). Most weekends find the county fairly quiet, but the annual Scenic Drive Festival in October swells towns such as Bentonsport, Keosauqua and Bonaparte (each with populations of 1,000 or fewer) with crafters, pancake feeds, pedal tractor races and old-time medicine shows.