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Feel the creative flair of Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature and home to the University of Iowa. The laid-back vibe, pretty Iowa River, and wealth of museums make this a great choice for a family getaway.

Rent a car to explore the miles of flat pastureland for which the state is famed. Vibrant cities such as the capital, Des Moines, are a short drive away, and you’ll discover historic attractions and plenty of nature and fresh air along the way. Orbitz offers many car rental options here, whether you choose to collect from the airport or in town.


Iowa City and beyond: Three destinations by car

The great flat state of Iowa stretches invitingly before you from Iowa City. Here are three spots to explore in your rental car.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch

Herbert Hoover was the first (and only) president to hail from Iowa, and this impressive library and museum honor him. Take a short drive east of Iowa City and spend a day getting to know the 31st president of the US. You can visit his perfectly preserved birthplace house, and see changing exhibits depicting American history.

Journey time: Around 15 minutes

Distance: Approximately 11 miles

Field of Dreams, Dyersville

Movie buffs can set off on a delightful road trip through the pastoral landscape of rural Iowa to the town of Dyersville. On a farm you will discover the field from the 1980s Academy award-winning movie Field of Dreams,starring Kevin Costner. The baseball field has been lovingly preserved, and hosts several events annually.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 25 minutes

Distance: Approximately 74 miles

Des Moines

Iowa’s capital city gives a true taste of the great agricultural state. Its legendary state fair – a vast event filled with food, funfairs and farming – is a must if you’re in town at the right time. The State Capitol building is undeniably impressive, with its golden dome shining in the sun.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 45 minutes

Distance: Approximately 114 miles