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On vacation with kids to: Iowa, USA.

Iowa, also known as "Hawkeye State" or the "Tall Corn State", is a state in the Midwestern United States.

The capital and largest city in Iowa is Des Moines with 604,626 residents (estimated in 2006). Iowa is bordered by Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Mississippi River forms the eastern boundary of the state and the boundary along the west is formed by the Missouri River.
The topography of the state is gently rolling plains. Iowa also ownes several natural and man-made lakes. Most known natural lakes are are Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake and East Okoboji Lake in northwest Iowa. Most known man-made lakes include Lake Odessa, Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Coralville Lake, Lake MacBride and Rathbun Lake.
Iowa, like most of the Midwest, has a humid continental climate throughout the state with extremes of both heat and cold. Winters are brisk and snowfall is common. The Iowan summer is known for heat and humidity.
Fertile soil, cornfields, wild roses, and a cornucopia of history are only some of the aspects of Iowa that vacationers will want to experience. But also from fascinating museums and historic sites to theme parks and water activities,
Iowa offers attractions galore and can be the perfect destination for your vacation with the kids.
Central Iowa is the location of Iowa’s capital city, Des Moines and home of the famous Iowa State Fair. The truly Midwestern fair is a traditional blend of livestock shows, farm machinery, food exhibits, competitions, cars, trucks, rodeos, and concerts. The Iowa State Fair is held in August for a week and a half of unforgettable entertainment. This event is the top tourism event in Iowa.
Eastern Iowa has a number of attractions in areas like Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. The Coralville Lake and Devonian Fossil Gorge is Iowa City’s main natural attraction. The Mississippi forms the eastern border of Iowa and offers riverboat excursions, floating casinos, scenic drives, ancient burial mounds, and beautiful vistas.
Southeastern Iowa is well known for its rare geode rock, which is the state rock, and Geode State Park.
Western Iowa provides diversity to the landscape on the extreme edge of Iowa with Loess Hills, which raise the terrain by 200 feet at steep angles, forming sharp bluffs. The Storm Lake community supports outdoor recreation with boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and the Inkapaduta Canoe Trail provides a relaxed ride on the Little Sioux River.
Whether your family is looking for a vacation with thrilling roller coasters, fascinating zoo animals, interactive museums, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing, or water recreation Iowa is the perfect destination for family fun.

Popular cities and towns in Iowa:

Some of the major and most popular cities and towns in Iowa are: Ames, Ankeny, Bettendorf, Burlington, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Marion, Marshalltown, Mason City, Muscatine, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Urbandale, Waterloo and West Des Moines.


Iowa offers a wide variety of hotels, motels and inns, vacation rentals, RV-parks and campgrounds in a choice of locations and price ranges. Experience the very best in personal guest service and warm Iowa hospitality at most of the family friendly accommodations Iowa has to offer. Take a look at the accommodations section to see what to look for in a accommodation suited for your children. Accommodations across Iowa provide relaxing getaways. Many of Iowa family hotels and resorts offer unique vacation accommodations, including family suites and kid suites, complimentary hot breakfast, family style dining and friendly service. The Iowa Great Lakes resort region, fun in both summer and winter, offers amusement parks, water parks, summer theater, live concerts, golfing, biking & hiking trails. Iowa accommodations can be reasonably priced and comfortably furnished as you would expect of family accommodations.
Fortunately Iowa offers lots of hotels, resorts, inns, vacation rentals, RV-parks and campgrounds, all suited for your vacation with the kids.


Iowa offers a wide range of family activities. There is plenty of golf in Iowa, and rivers and lakes provide opportunities for boating and fishing. The state also offers the annual State Fair, interactive museums and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, all suited for your next Iowa vacation with the kids.

Amusement and Theme Parks:
Arnolds Park
Heritage Carousel of Des Moines

Waterparks and water fun:
White Water University

Blank Park Zoo
Iowa State Insect Zoo
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

Other sites and tours to see:
Sgt. Floyd Monument
Chief War Eagle Monument
Sioux City Sculpture
Harker House
Vincent House
Story City Antique Carousel
Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop
Prairie School Historic Walking Tour
History Center
Gazebo on the Green
Lock and Dam 19 & Hydroelectric Plant
Crystal Lake Cave
Effigy Mounds National Monument

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or visit:
Iowa Official State Information
Iowa Department of Economic Development Tourism Office.


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