Be a Local Tourist in Iowa


Iowa is known for its cornfields, rolling plains, and its warm Midwestern people. The Hawkeye State is one of the safest states in which to live in the country. From the Mississippi River on the east to the Missouri River on the west, there's a whole lot going on in this state's 99 counties.

Mason City, Iowa, is the home of The Music Man Square and the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel. It's also got great food, great beer, and a warm heart - even in winter.

Iowa surprises me every time I visit. It shouldn't. I've been to the state often enough to know better.

Did you know Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature in Iowa? Discover why it received this designation, and other reasons to visit the home of University of Iowa.

Have you ever been to the grocery store and seen the rows of red peppers, the piles of pumpkins, the bounty of beans and wondered who grew them?

If you want to see the masters of the art world, you'd probably go to a museum in a major metropolitan area. You certainly wouldn't expect to find them in a library in the rural Midwest. I didn't.

The Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home is dedicated to one of the most influential people in the suffrage movement and founder of League of Women Voters.

When I first arrived at Red Cedar Lodge in Charles City, Iowa, I kept hearing about a man named Bill Fluhrer.

There are few movies that have touched as many people as Field of Dreams.

The Floyd County Historical Museum in Charles City, Iowa, is an impressive collection of the area's past, from its history as tractor country to the full contents of a 19th century drugstore.

When I think about everything I explored in Charles City, Iowa, I'm still a bit flabbergasted. Despite considering myself fairly open-minded, I discovered I've got a few lingering stereotypes when