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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, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Lake Okoboji, Deborah, Dubuque, Waterloo and Iowa City and other Iowa cities 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.
Top Things to Do in Des Moines
Visiting the state capitol, the Iowa State Fair, Adventureland Park and a world-class sculpture park are just a few of the things to do in Des Moines. Check out our guide for what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Iowa's capital.
Top Things to Do in Iowa City
The University of Iowa anchors the state’s original capital, where the old statehouse, a vaudeville-era theater and eclectic dining enliven a stay.
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.
Things to Do in Ames, Iowa
Activities center around Iowa State University in this college town about 34 miles north of Des Moines. Things to do include visiting campus museums, Reiman Gardens and Stephens Auditorium.
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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.
Top Things to Do in Dubuque, Iowa
Top things to do in Dubuque—Iowa's oldest city—include the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Cable Car Square, Fenelon Place Elevator, Eagle Point Park and the Mines of Spain Recreation Area.

20 Top Things to Do in Iowa

Explore the capital city of Des Moines and discover other reasons to explore the Hawkeye State, including Dubuque's National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Decorah's Norwegian heritage, the rolling Loess Hills, and the dramatic limestone formations of Maquoketa Caves State Park.