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Superlative Roadside Attractions

If you’re a seeker of the biggest, smallest, tallest, widest and weirdest, you’re in luck because Iowa is the land of roadside attractions. Take a selfie with the world’s largest concrete bull, tallest corn stalk, biggest Swedish coffee pot, most massive strawberry, a gigantic popcorn ball and the largest concrete gnome. Conquer your fear of heights on a train across the world's highest and longest double-track railroad bridge, or take a tram ride up the world's shortest and steepest railway.

 

Pop Culture and Historical Landmarks

Robert James Waller’s covered bridges of Madison County are right here in Iowa. So is the field of dreams baseball diamond featured in the 1989 Keven Costner film. Reserve a room at the Historic Park Inn Hotel, the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel in the world. Visit the birthplace and presidential library of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States. Characterized as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Grotto of the Redemption is a collection of handmade structures studded with millions of precious gems that depict the life of Christ.

 

Home-grown Flavors

The Midwest is famous for its fertile farmland and hearty foods, and Iowa is no exception. Gather up colorful produce at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market. The Gathering Table at Wallace House  in Orient serves up menu items featuring ingredients that were in the soil earlier that day. Iowa is the leading producer of pork, so don’t pass on the breaded pork tenderloin, a regional specialty. Sample freshly made cheese and ice cream at dairy farms and old-fashioned soda shops. Order a pint at one of the top-ranked breweries in the world at Toppling Goliath Brewery, or slow-sip “The Good Stuff” at Prohibition-era Templeton Rye Whiskey distillery.

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Fun Fact

Posing with a pitchfork, American Gothic-style, at the American Gothic House Center in Eldon, Iowa
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Grant Wood’s famous painting, “American Gothic,” was set in front of a rural home in Eastern Iowa. Pose with a pitchfork at the American Gothic House Center in Eldon.