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Iowa Who Knew?

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Iowa Who Knew?

I thought I could just drive right through Iowa between my trip to Missouri's and Minnesota's Laura Ingalls Wilder homes. But my heavens Iowa might take me a week.

Between Amana and Kalona visits,

Madison County Bridges,

The Field of Dreams,

the State Capitol (I'm trying to see all that I can)

The Effigy Mound Builders

What else am I missing?

I am not sure which ones I can leave out.

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1. Re: Iowa Who Knew?

You can find all sorts of suggestions at www.traveliowa.com.

If you're interested in Laura Ingalls Wilder, stop in Burr Oak. Her father managed the Master Hotel while they lived there. They have a nice visitor's center and a museum.

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2. Re: Iowa Who Knew?

Burr Oak of course is on my list which is why I was looking in Iowa to begin with. I just don't have enough time for it all.

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3. Re: Iowa Who Knew?

Dubuque is the most interesting city in Iowa as far as I am concerned. The Mississippi River Aquarium is first rate. http://www.mississippirivermuseum.com The Fenelon Place Elevator is unique. http://www.dbq.com/fenplco/

The National Farm Toy Museum is near the Field of Dreams. http://www.nationalfarmtoymuseum.com/

The Decorah eagle chicks webcam made all the papers last year: http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

When will you visit?

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4. Re: Iowa Who Knew?

hoogo, would Dubuque be a good place to spend the Fourth of July?

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5. Re: Iowa Who Knew?

There is a lot to see in Des Moines- the Science Center has some really cool traveling exhibits right now it is Ancient Egypt by summer I imagine it would change so be sure to check their website.

www.sciowa.org

You might also enjoy Living History Farms in Urbandale just outside of Des Moines.

www.lhf.org/

Downtown near the Science Center has some wonderful restuarants-

Lucca (prixe fixe Italian), Sbracco (wine bar featuring small plates & a few entrees), Alba (fresh local food in a funky fun atmosphere), Django (French Bistro), Centro (Italian woodfire pizza nice brunch too), Americana (terrific cocktails & good food) Racoon River Brewery, Court Ave Brewery both have great menus with some interesting twists on casual food and good microbrews....

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6. Re: Iowa Who Knew?

Sorry, Kbecjeans, I am not from Dubuque and know nothing special about Independence Day there. The aquarium will be open.

The hoogo family has made the pilgrimage to the Laura Ingalls Wilder homes. You have the opportunity to see some real back roads Midwest Americana. Options between Burr Oak and Dubuque include Decorah, Spillville, and Breitbach's in Balltown.

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g37822-Activitie…

http://www.decorahfishhatchery.org/

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http://www.breitbachscountrydining.com/

I agree with the Living History Farms recommendation.

Are you going to De Smet, South Dakota? http://ingallshomestead.com/

Edited: 26 January 2012, 12:16
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7. Re: Iowa Who Knew?

Thanks mexicocity. Good to know what else Des Moines has. I'm thinking that will be just too far of a detour this trip. Wow, though, that Living History Farm looks great. Probably a full day for it right? We have a couple of places like that in Utah, but it would be fun to see what it was like on the plains.

Trying to get to all the LIW sites and fit in the pageants at Walnut Grove and De Smet on the same weekend is proving to be tricky. Just when I thought I had it figured out I realized we would be driving through Iowa on the 4th and I really didn't want to be driving that day. I wanted to be somewhere and enjoy it. Plus I found all these places in Iowa that sounded great. So I kind of had to go back to the drawing board. But I am warming up to Dubuque and I expect they will have something for the 4th. If the aquarium is open and the Paddlewheel is going, and it sounds like Fireworks over the River (though that might be on the 3rd??) it might be just what I am looking for.

Then I'll probably drive up the river to Pepin and come back to Burr Oak before going to Walnut Grove.

I'm really getting excited about this trip through America's heartland. I expect miles and miles of corn may not even be boring but rather fascinating. I've been through Iowa a couple times, but never stopped so it is all new to me. My first trip I was driving I-80 and my car couldn't quite go faster than the trucks, so we played leap frog. I would pass them on the way up the hills and they would pass me on the way down. Up and down, up and down is how I remember Iowa.

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8. Re: Iowa Who Knew?

To answer your question about fireworks in Dubuque, they are truly amazing. Grandstands are set up along the river and the fireworks display is out over the Missisippi. There is a fantastic air show before the fireworks with planes flying over up the river valley. Food stands and other things are set up by the viewing areas but get there early and plan on taking your time leaving as traffic can be slow. Also note, the show is the night of the 3rd, not the 4th. A great website about Dubuque is www.traveldubuque.com.

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9. Re: Iowa Who Knew?

Thanks so much Lem5, glad to hear about it. It sounds perfect....except for it being on the 3rd. I can understand that some years when it is an odd day, but is it that way every year? I was trying to find something on the 4th so I wasn't traveling. But if the excitement is on the 3rd maybe we could head up the river on the 4th?

Do you know somewhere that would have a parade (in Northeastern Iowa, maybe extreme western WI)?

Edited: 27 January 2012, 12:54
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10. Re: Iowa Who Knew?

For a great parade, and a great celebration to go along with it, check out Independence Iowa. I have posted the link to the list of events. We are about a one hour drive to the Wisconsin border.

celebrateindee.com/july4th/…