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Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in Iowa!

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of Iowa. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

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Adventureland Amusement Park Altoona Iowa's best amusement park
Albert The Bull Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction Audubon supposedly the world's largest bull statue
Amana Colonies History Museum Amana visit seven rural villages with 1850s buildings
Eagle Point Park Urban/City Park / Scenic Views Dubuque great views of three states (IA, IL & WI)
Effigy Mounds National Monument Indian Mounds / Effigy Mounds Harpers Ferry over 200 prehistoric Native American mounds
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. Incline / Cog Railway Dubuque may be the shortest & steepest railway in the world
Field of Dreams Movie Site Movie / TV Attraction Dyersville famous baseball field from classic movie
Grotto of the Redemption, The Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction West Bend supposedly the largest grotto in the world
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum History Museum / Presidential Attraction / Library West Branch library and final resting place of 31st president
High Trestle Trail Bike Path / Rail Trail Multiple towns great rail trail that has an artistic & unique bridge
Historical Village Museum & Vermeer Mill Museum History Museum / Windmill Pella rumored to be tallest working grain windmill in US
Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino / Lodging Council Bluffs Iowa's best casino
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum Auto / Transportation Museum Walcott celebrates the history of the trucking industry
Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop  Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction Walcott supposedly the world's largest truck stop
Iowa State Capitol Building / State Capitol State Capitol Building Des Moines U.S. capitol that "shines like a Renaissance palace"
John Deere Tractor Assembly Plant Factory Tour Waterloo tour of the USA's most famous manufacturers
Lost Island Water Park Water Park Waterloo one of the best waterparks in the Midwest
Maquoketa Caves State Park  Cave/Cave Tours / Balanced Rock / Hiking Trails Maquoketa excellent cave tours
Matchstick Marvels Museum Offbeat/Unusual Museum / Art Museum Gladbrook quirky but impressive matchstick art pieces
Mines of Spain State Recreation Area Nature Park / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Dubuque rugged, wooded blufflands & burr oak trees
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium History Museum / Aquarium Dubuque best of several Mississippi River-focused museums
National Motorcycle Museum Motorcycle Museum Anamosa more than 200 motorcycles on display
Pappajohn Sculpture Park  Sculpture Park / Art Museum Des Moines impressive outdoor sculpture park
Pikes Peak State Park Scenic Views / Hiking Trails McGregor great views of the Mississippi R. from 500ft bluffs
Trinity Heights Religious Attraction / Roadside Attraction / Statues Sioux City 33-ft Jesus and 30-ft Virgin Mary statues


Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of Iowa that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

Heritage Trail Bike Path / Rail Trail Multiple towns
Sauk Rail Trail Bike Path / Rail Trail Multiple towns
Sylvan Runkel State Preserve Nature Park / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Onawa


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