Iowa

Head to a former German commune for sweet fruit wines and handcrafted clocks, a Dutch-influenced town for a standout tulip festival or all-American Des Moines for upscale dining and a great fair. Discover all that Des Moines, the Amana Colonies, Pella, Ames, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Lake Okoboji, Deborah, Dubuque, Waterloo and Iowa City have to offer.

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Fall Road Trip to Decorah, Iowa

Our content editor enjoys a couple’s weekend at the winsome home of Luther College, with hiking, shopping and an excess of ice cream.

10 Local Favorites in Iowa's Lake Okoboji Area

If you’re heading to Lake Okoboji this summer, put one or more of these stops—including a summer theater, a classic car museum and a legendary amusement park—on your itinerary.

Behind the Scenes at Iowa's State Fair Cookie Contest

The Iowa State Fair runs the largest amateur food department of any fair in the country, drawing up to 9.800 entries across some 150 contests—and Midwest Living sponsors one of the biggest. Here's your backstage pass to cookie-con.

Iowa’s First Selfie Museum Draws Fans From Across the Country

Selfie Station, with 27 Instagrammable backdrops, opened last month in a Des Moines mall—and is already so popular that some fans are driving hours to visit.
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Midwest Lakeside Resorts That Have Been Totally Transformed

The dress codes have loosened (and Patrick Swayze, alas, isn't teaching the mambo), but at next-gen resorts across the Midwest, you can taste the glory days of lakeside vacations.

The Breathtaking National Balloon Classic in Indianola, Iowa

For 50 years, many of the country's top balloon pilots have flocked to Iowa for fiery competition, quirky antics and unreal summer views.

Weekend Getaway in Eastern Iowa

Two emerging Iowa cities—Cedar Rapids and Dubuque—bookend vast caves, a dreamy concert barn and the corn in the outfield that won over Hollywood.