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IOWA HOLIDAYS   >   USA


Iowa is a State in North America.

There are several natural lakes in the state, most notably Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake in northwest Iowa (see Iowa Great Lakes). Man-made lakes include Lake Odessa, Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock, and Rathbun Lake.

Regions in Iowa : Iowa Great Lakes, Loess Hills, Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, Quad Cities and Siouxland

Cities in Iowa : 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, West Des Moines, and more.

Capital City Iowa : Des Moines.


camping, car hire, holiday rentals, hotels & inns, tour operators, travel guides, travel to iowa 

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Camping / Campgrounds / RV Parks

  Upper Iowa Resort & Rental
Nestled in a quiet valley between Waukon and Dorchester, Iowa, welcome to Upper Iowa Resort & Rental, right on the banks of the Upper Iowa River. Owners Bob and Kristi Hager, Aubree, Alyssa, and Alaina invite you to come visit their 29-acre private campground and recreational facility offering swimming, walking trails, canoeing and fishing. The scenic area is ideal for families, anglers, and avid outdoorsmen.

  Go Camping America
  Koa   -   Campgrounds of America
  National Park Service Campground and Tour Reservation Site
  Funroads   -   Get Outta Town!

Car Rentals Iowa

Car rental  

Car rental  Holiday Autos   -    
Holiday Autos offers the best fully inclusive car hire prices. Get cheap car hire quickly and securely online with holidayautos.co.uk, the experts in online car rental.

Car Rental USA  Sixt   -    

Holiday Homes Iowa / Apartments

  VRBO vacation rentals    -   condos, cabins and villas, offered directly by owner
Holiday homes Clear Lake, Creston, Danville, Denison, Des Moines, Guttenberg, Iowa City, Lansing, Marengo, Marion, Marquette, Montrose, Okoboji, Panora, Red Rock Lake, Spirit Lake, Story City

Hostels

  HI-USA   -   American affiliate of the Hostelling International network
  IYHF   -   International Youth Hostel Federation

Hotels in Iowa

  Booking.com   -   Hotel Guide Iowa

  Booking.com   -   Hotels in and around Des Moines

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

   -   Motel 6 and Red Roof

  Hotels.com   -    

  Heartland Inns Iowa
Lodging Accommodations in Des Moines, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Altoona.

National Parks / State Parks

  National Park Service
The NPS works with communities to preserve and care for neighborhood treasures. They also work with teachers to create unique opportunities for students to learn about history at the real places where events unfolded.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

   -   Create your perfect trip to Iowa
Flight, Hotel and Car.



Local Travel Organizations / Tour Operators :

  Travel Iowa
Put aside the rush of your daily routine and indulge in a getaway that puts balance back in your life. The hospitality of an Iowa destination helps shuffle those priorities to make 'what really matters most' at the top of the list. Iowa's all-season playground provides an ideal backdrop to connect with family and friends. To awaken your spirit of adventure. And satisfy your appetite for urban cultural pleasures. Discover the changes that spending quality time together in Iowa can make in your life.
  Colony Visits   -   doorway to hospitality in the historic Amana Colonies and Eastern Iowa
The 7 Amana Villages are laid out in the manner of German Dorfleins (villages) with farms at one end of the village and shops and factories at the other end, and homes in between. The Amana Villages form a circle with a circumference of about 20 miles ~ the distance between each village is 2 to 3 miles, or, as measured in the old days, two hours apart by ox cart. There's a lot of ground to cover and so much to see.

Travel Guides Iowa / Travel Related Books

 
Midwest Living Magazine [ magazine ]
  The Iowan
Mission of The Iowan : To celebrate the people and communities, the history and traditions, and the culture and events of Iowa that make our readers proud of our state.

Travel Guides USA Travel Guides USA  [ amazon.co.uk ]

The Rough Guide to the USA (Rough Guide Travel Guides) 
By Samantha Cook, Tim Perry (Editor), Greg Ward (Editor)
The Rough Guide to the USA is the most comprehensive and colourful guide to the fifty states available. There are lively accounts of every region and attraction from the bright lights of Broadway to the vast open plains of Wyoming. The guide gives refreshingly opinionated reviews of the established sights and landmarks as well as uncovering many of the lesser-known gems, allowing the visitor to make the most of their trip. There are feature boxes that provide information on a variety of subjects from the Delta blues to the geology of the Grand Canyon. There are also maps and plans to help you navigate around the major attractions, inner city streets or interstates
Paperback 1440 pages (October 28, 2004); Publisher: Rough Guides
USA (Lonely Planet Country Guides S.) 
By Loretta Chilcoat, Susan Derby, Beth Greenfield, Carolyn Hellor
This Lonely Planet guide covers all 50 U.S. states. It is packed with pre-trip planning advice, itinerary suggestions, distance charts and tips on the most interesting way of getting from A to B.
Paperback 1164 pages (March 2004); Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications 

Transportation / How do I travel to Iowa

Iowa is bordered by Minnesota on the north; Nebraska and South Dakota on the west; Missouri on the south; and Wisconsin and Illinois on the east.

 
Des Moines Airport
The Des Moines International Airport is owned and operated by the City of Des Moines.
  Southeast Iowa Regional Airport

  DOT Office of Aviation   -   pilots page, Iowa airports

   

 
Book cheap flights to Iowa at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares.

KLM UK 
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines take you to hundreds of destinations everywhere in the world.

  Airline Tickets Iowa / Bargain Flights

  Allegiant Air
  American Eagle   -   see American Airlines
  Comair.com   -   Delta Connection
  Continental Express
  Midwest Airlines

  Amtrak   -   American Railways  -  Ottumwa, IA (OTM)
California Zephyr Route [ Chicago - Denver - Emeryville, CA (San Francisco) ]

  Greyhound Lines   -   Coach Line
  MTA Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority

  Iowa DOT Maps   -   Transportation Map, State Map, County Maps, City Maps, Traffic Maps
This information includes roadway, structure, and rail-crossing data, traffic statistics, and intelligent map products that support the economic, environmental, and social vitality of Iowa.
  Iowa DOT Travel Information
  Weather in Iowa
Statewide Temp Conditions, Statewide Wind Conditions, Road Conditions, Road Construction


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  Travel Iowa
Put aside the rush of your daily routine and indulge in a getaway that puts balance back in your life. The hospitality of an Iowa destination helps shuffle those priorities to make 'what really matters most' at the top of the list. Iowa's all-season playground provides an ideal backdrop to connect with family and friends. To awaken your spirit of adventure. And satisfy your appetite for urban cultural pleasures. Discover the changes that spending quality time together in Iowa can make in your life.

  Eastern Iowa Tourism Association
Eastern Iowa invites you to follow our highways and venture off the beaten path to see the beauty, sample the fun, and enjoy it all in Eastern Iowa......
As you travel one of our Scenic Byways or Historic Routes you'll see the beauty of meandering streams, the mighty Mississippi River, rolling hills, towering limestone bluffs, patchwork countrysides, unexpected wildlife, and quaint villages.
Stop along the way to sample the fun of memorable festivals, top-notch stage performances, unique shopping , year-round outdoor recreation, adventurous dining, unique attractions, and romantic riverboat cruises.

  State of Iowa [ Government ]

  City of Des Moines   -   Capital City Iowa, located in Polk County
As Iowa's capitol city, Des Moines is a hub of government action, business activity and cultural affairs. With a Metro population of > 450,000, Des Moines is a bustling metropolis. But though it has a big city bustle, it's extremely proud of its small town atmosphere. The community offers quality schools, superb public services, and friendly neighborhoods. Truly the best of both worlds!

  Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau
Here you'll find everything you need to plan an exciting weekend getaway, productive meeting, or memorable vacation in Greater Des Moines. Be sure to stop back frequently to keep up-to-date on the many exciting attractions and events Greater Des Moines has to offer.

  Iowa Great Lakes - refers to a group of natural glacial lakes in northwestern Iowa
The three principal lakes of the group are Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake. They are the largest natural lakes in the state of Iowa.
The region is a popular destination for fishermen, both in summer and winter.
  Loess Hills
The Loess Hills is a formation of wind-deposited loess soil in the westernmost part of Iowa. There are numerous scenic drives, with county and state parks in the area. The Loess Hills State Forest is located in west-central Iowa in Harrison and Monona counties. It is comprised of 4 units, and offers hiking, backpacking, picnicking, and fishing opportunities.
  Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area
The Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area is a metropolitan area comprised of the cities of Omaha, Nebraska, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and surrounding areas.
  Quad Cities and Siouxland
The Quad Cities are a group of cities which flank the Mississippi River in Iowa [ e.g. Bettendorf and Davenport ] and Illinois in the midwestern United States. See Visit Quad Cities and / or WeAreQC.com.

  Ames   -   City of Ames   -   Ames is a city in Story County
It is located roughly 30 miles (48 km) north of the state capital Des Moines. Two small rivers run through the town: the Skunk River and Squaw Creek.
  Ankeny   -   City of Ankeny   -   city in Polk County
  Bettendorf   -   City of Bettendorf   -   city in Scott County - one of the Quad Cities
  Burlington   -   City of Burlington   -   county seat of Des Moines County
Burlington is the home of Snake Alley, the crookedest alley in the world, and has been called the Backhoe Capital of the World.
  Cedar Falls   -   Cedar Falls   -   city in Black Hawk County
Home to one of Iowa's three Public Universities, the University of Northern Iowa.
Where else can you find the perfect combination of history, culture and technology? This is a city where one can visit the past by strolling through structures listed with the National Historic Registry, stay updated by attending a lecture at the University of Northern Iowa or catching a traveling Broadway show at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, keep in shape by traveling the miles of bike trails and catch a glimpse of the future with the latest technological offerings supplied by a municipally-owned utility company.
  Cedar Rapids   -   Cedar Rapids   -   Cedar Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Clinton   -   City of Clinton   -   Greater Clinton Area  -  Clinton 150 years
  Council Bluffs   -   Council Bluffs
  Davenport   -   Davenport
  Dubuque   -   Dubuque
  Fort Dodge   -   Fort Dodge
  Iowa City   -   Iowa City
  Marion   -   Marion
  Marshalltown   -   Marshalltown
  Mason City   -   Mason City
  Muscatine   -   Muscatine
  Ottumwa   -   Ottumwa
  Sioux City   -   Sioux City
  Urbandale   -   Urbandale
  Waterloo   -   Waterloo
  West Des Moines   -   West Des Moines

  News   -   Clinton Herald
  News   -   Eastern Iowa DMA Incorporated
The Eastern Iowa DMA is a newspaper network including The Cedar Rapids Gazette, The Dubuque Telegraph Herald, and The Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier market areas.
  News   -   Iowa newspapers
  The Amana Colonies Willkommen!
Seven German villages that make up one of Iowa's top visitor attractions are located just 19 miles southwest of Cedar Rapids via U.S. Highway 151. Tour the museums, furniture and clock making shops, wineries, bakeries and woolen mill.
Take an on-line tour of the Amana Colonies; a National Historic Landmark tucked in the rolling hills of eastern Iowa. "Gemütlichkeit" (German for warmth, cheer and friendliness) overflows in our seven quaint villages, founded 150 years ago. Use this site to help you plan your visit to our unique corner of the world. The businesses and attractions listed here are investors in the Amana Colonies Convention & Visitors Bureau and are ready to serve you.
  TV   -   The Iowa Channel [ KCCI ]
  University Davenport   -   St. Ambrose University
St. Ambrose is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport. The University is a community focused on educating the mind, cultivating the spirit, and developing the potential of everyone we serve.
  University Iowa   -   Iowa State University [ ISU ]
Iowa State is a large, prestigious university with a friendly hometown personality.
  University Iowa   -   The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, on the Iowa River in East Central Iowa.
  University of Northern Iowa [ City of Cedar Falls ].

Cuisine  -  Iowa Recipes

  Iowa Beef Recipes & Basics
Recipe Search, Beef Basics & Cookery Tips [ Choosing the right beef cuts, how to cook them right, degrees of doneness and more are explained. Find lots more beef recipes from previous Beef recipe brochures or special topics ], Beef. It's What's for Dinner, The Healthy Beef Cookbook [ Lean beef recipes for every occasion ], Winning recipes from the National Beef Cook-Off®
  Iowa Egg Council   -   see recipes [ Egg recipes from Iowa ]
Howard Helmer's Omelet Recipes, "Eggs Make the Meal!" Recipe Book, Holiday Favorites and State Fair Recipes, Quick and Easy, Breakfast/Brunch, Appetizers, Main Dishes and Desserts.
  Iowa Pork Producers Association  -  Iowa Pork Recipes
Pork Cuts, Types of meals, Etnic recipes, Preparation Methods, Special Occasions, October is National Pork Month.

History of Iowa

  Iowa's History  -  see Wikipedia
Timeline Iowa, History [ Marquette and Joliet find Iowa lush and green, The Indians, Iowa's first American settlers, Transportation: railroad fever, The Civil War, The political arena, Iowa: home for immigrants, Vast changes ], References

Music, Art & Culture, Entertainment

  Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival
13 days filled with nearly many fun and educational events to Celebrate America in the Heartland and our great nation's birthday. Make plans now to join us for concerts, fireworks, parades, races, games, tributes, action zone, exhibits, festival food and many, many more activities.
  Clinton Symphony Orchestra
  Fairfield Art Walk   -   first friday of every of every month
  Iowa Arts Festival
Situated in the heart of downtown Iowa City, the Iowa Arts Festival draws children and adults to the celebration of great art and music!
Being a free event, this festival truly embraces the community which comes alive with entertainment and activities suitable for the young or young at heart!
  Live on the Square Concert Series [ Fairfield ]   -   Great Music and Free, Family Fun!
Live on the Square brings a strong cultural mix to Fairfield. In past years, we have listened and danced to Jazz, Salsa, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Classic Rock, Oldies, New Age and Celtic music, while at the same time watched internationally ranked Irish dancers and African Drum lines and Gospel Choirs.


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