Which states border on Iowa


Explore the rolling plains between Missouri and Mississippi

Hilly plains with rural charm characterize Iowa, the US state between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The Missouri and Mississippi Rivers limit the US state of Iowa to the west and east. Hilly plains, which are mainly used for agriculture, characterize the state in the American Midwest.

Corn, soybeans and potatoes are grown here, which is where the name Corn State came from. Named after the tribe of the Iowa Indians, it bears the nickname Hawkeye State (Hawkeye State) as a tribute to the chief Black Hawk. Des Moines has been the federal capital since 1857.

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Arnolds Park Amusement Park

The amusement park at Lake Okoboji offers the oldest roller coaster in the world and another 30 attractions for every taste.

Maquoketa Caves State Park

Experience the impressive cave system in the famous Maquoketa Caves State Park on a guided hike.

German roots in Iowa

The Amana Colonies, known for traditional craftsmanship, came from a German religious community in 1843.

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Worth seeing
Especially the larger cities of Iowa have numerous sights. In Des Moines, the gilded dome of the State Capitol is an imposing sight. Art lovers will find what they are looking for at the Des Moines Art Center. The suburb of Urbandale brings the agricultural life of the past centuries to life in the Living History Farms open-air museum. Dubuque is located directly on the American Mississippi. Numerous buildings from the 19th century such as the County Courthouse characterize the image of the old town.

The Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa is an archaeological reserve and memorial in one. Discover the so-called mounds, man-made hills that once served as burial and cult buildings. The Amana Colonies are the legacy of pietistic immigrants from Germany and are best known for their handicrafts. These settlements, which were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965, are characterized by rural idyll. To the west of the state, the Iowa Great Lakes are popular fishing spots. West Bend is home to the Grotto of the Redemption cave system, the largest grotto in the world, which is decorated with scenes from the life of Jesus.

Tips for getting there and the best time to travel
Iowa is characterized by the continental climate typical of the Midwest, with extremes of cold and warmth. The summers are characterized by high humidity. A vacation is therefore particularly recommended in spring and autumn.

Traveling from Europe is possible via several airports, including Des Moines International Airport. The local Central Standard Time has a time difference of minus seven hours to Central European time.