Iowa is the state that was 29th granted statehood in 1846. The capital city is Des Moines, which is also the biggest cities in Iowa. The first European explorations of this state was Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette who came in 1673.
It is believed that the Midwest state was greatly in the influence of European colonists. This can be seen in the buildings and festivals that are celebrated across the state.
Iowa is home to an impressive agricultural scene and has earned an image as a major producer of corn. One of the most well-known activities in Iowa is going to the Iowa State Fair which began in 1855 in Fairfield and is primarily agriculture themed. Another fascinating detail in Iowa is home to Otto Rohwedder, who invented the concept of sliced bread.
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
The park’s outdoor area is brimming with stunning sculptures that belong to the Des Moines Art Center. There are works of more than two dozen artists who are well-known around the park. It’s free!
The park is located close towards the downtown area of Des Moines so you can walk through it on the journey to the city’s central area or go to the park after visiting the Des Moines Art Center. If you’re interested in learning more about the sculptures, you can listen to the audio tour guide on the way.
Grotto of the Redemption
The Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend is not like any other you’ve seen. The grottos of the religious are unique mysterious, mystical, and unique. It’s more remarkable when you consider that it was constructed by two men and was designed by one.
The creative creator of this work is the Father Paul Matthias Dobberstein, who was a priest, counselor and a prominent person within West Bend for more than five years. The Grotto is constructed of rocks and stone to serve as a memorial in honor of Mother Mary who Dobberstein prayed to after he was struck with pneumonia.
There are semi-precious rocks like malachite and azurite, geodes, agates, jasper quartz, topaz and quartz in the wall. You can’t go to Iowa without visiting The Grotto of the Redemption.
National Balloon Classic
Do you love hot air balloons too like my cousin from Arkansas pressure washing? The National Balloon Classic is a spectacular and unique event. Take a look and enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of balloons float through the air in the National Balloon Classic Memorial Balloon Field in Indianola.
The sky is alive with the vibrant colors and unique forms of balloons, and there’s a feeling of excitement in the air as pilots compete to win various prizes. If you’d like to take part in the excitement, you can go on a hot-air balloon ride, too.
Buffalo Bill Museum
Located in Le Claire, the Buffalo Bill Museum was set up in 1957. It was a showcase for the artifacts of local river pilots, featured exhibits on anything Buffalo Bill related, and lots of information on the local Indian background. Although the museum has changed in the past however, the main concepts of their exhibits are exactly the same.
The museum is named after Frederick Cody, nicknamed Buffalo Bill who was an officer as well as bison hunter and a beloved entertainer who was from Le Claire.
Des Moines Art Center
In Moine during a wet grey day and are looking for something calm and enjoyable, then head to the Des Moines Art Center. They exhibit works from national and international artists across a variety of time periods.
They showcase a variety of styles and artistic styles, ranging from prints and photography to painting and video art. In the event that the sun’s shining during your visit, make sure you go for the Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park afterwards. There is also the option of buying adorable souvenirs from the gift shop for taking to home.
National Czech & Slovak Museum
The museum was inaugurated by an assortment of second and third generation Czech as well as Slovak immigrants in 1974. They highlight the history as well as the influence Czech and Slovak traditions in the region and highlight their history in both their Czech and Slovak identities.
They will show the traditional costumes of the people, and you’ll learn about the traditional (and delicious) food items like goulash and dumplings. The museum is best during December, when they host an annual Christmas market. Did you know that they celebrate on Christmas Eve?
Figge Art Museum
The story of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport was established in 1925, when 334 works came from Charles August Ficke. Since then, their collection has continued to expand and diversify. They now have items dating from the 15th century and have spanned every century after that.
Enjoy a few minutes in your thoughts and ponder the unique sculptures and vibrant oil paintings displayed. It’s the perfect spot to visit if you’re looking for an hour of peace.
The exhibits include pieces from all over the world, including Mexican Colonial, Haitian as well as Asian art. Explore the exhibits and consider the ways in which each culture’s customs and the landscape influences the themes and style of their art.
Maquoketa Caves State Park
There are 13 caves that are scattered throughout Maquoketa Caves State Park. Each of these are connected with six miles of trails for hiking.
Along the way, traverse the Natural Bridge which is 50 feet in height and is built over Raccoon Creek. Then, you’ll get to the famous 17-ton Balanced Rock. There are many spots that offer stunning views so take your camera.
You can enter one or two caves, and then explore them without much trouble. The one that is the best recognized is the 1,100-foot Dancehall Cave. Other caves should be left to experts. If you plan to stay for the night, pack your tent and set up on the camping site among the trees.