Planning a Trip to Iowa
Iowa is situated in the middle of the American plains. With its friendly residents, rich history and unexpected cultural offerings, the state has something to offer everyone. On Orbitz.com, you can plan your next trip to Iowa.
Iowa keeps a low profile, but offers a welcoming atmosphere for visitors from around the country and abroad. For history lovers, Iowa has an abundance of Native American sites, from the Hopewell burial mounds to the Blood Run National Historic Landmark. Lewis and Clark passed through the state on their legendary trip west, and a number of sites in Iowa are dedicated to their adventures. The state is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for hiking, biking, world-class kayaking and even downhill skiing.
Best time to take a vacation to Iowa
Iowa has four distinct seasons, and weather conditions can change rapidly from month to month. Winters on the open plains are cold and windy, with temperatures frequently reaching below 30F. When you book flights to Iowa destinations on Orbitz.com in the winter, leave plenty of time to get to the airport to account for sudden snowstorms or high-wind conditions. If you're traveling in the summer, expect temperatures to reach above 90F on a regular basis. The most comfortable time to visit Iowa is the late spring or early fall when the temperatures are comfortable.
Insider tips for Iowa travel
Western Historic Trails Center
Many pioneers passed through Iowa on their way west, and this interpretive center in Council Bluffs focuses on the Lewis and Clark, Oregon, California and Mormon Trails.
Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop
For a look at historic blacksmith practices, visit this shop in Haverhill, which offers demonstrations and working smiths.
The Amana Colonies
Once a commune in the 1800s, the Amana Colonies are now a series of small villages near Cedar Rapids that are open to visitors from around the world.
During apple-picking season, the Ditmars Orchard in Council Bluffs is a popular day trip for families who come to pick apples and enjoy homemade treats.
'Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark Okoboji
In the heat of the summer, this water park in Arnolds Park is a welcome escape for families and individuals.
Iowa Vacation Packages
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Located on the Missouri River, the Loess Hills offer opportunities for hiking, biking, camping and swimming.
Known as a haven for writers, Iowa City is home to writing festivals, writing camps and gatherings of famous authors throughout the year.
Located in Des Moines, Adventureland is an amusement park that offers hours of entertainment for the whole family.
If you're looking for culture, the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City holds musical and theatrical performances throughout the year.
The Science Station is one of the most interesting museums in Iowa. It offers over 130 exhibits that are entertaining for both adults and children.
The windmill in the city of Pella is a reminder of the pioneers who once passed through the city. It is the tallest functioning windmill in the United States.
Blank Park Zoo
The largest zoo in the state, Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines is home to both native and foreign animals.
The Reiman Gardens are the largest in Iowa. Located on the University of Iowa campus, they are open to the public year round.
American Gothic House
Used as the background for Grant Wood's famous painting, the American Gothic House is located near Fairfield.
Stone State Park
With dramatic scenery and opportunities for outdoor recreation, Stone State Park in Sioux City is popular with locals and visitors.