Iowa state

Iowa Travel Guide


Serene Iowa presents rolling fields and plains dotted with scenic parks, lakes and recreation areas such as East Okoboji, West Okoboji (Iowa’s deepest natural lake), Spirit Lake and Clear Lake. Located in the heart of North America’s Corn Belt, Iowa is sometimes referred to as the global food capital. The state was named after the Iowa Indian tribe and is nicknamed Hawkeye State in honor of Chief Black Hawk. It is considered one of the safest states in the USA. The rich cultural heritage is eg can be experienced in the German-influenced Amana colonies with their many historical sites and museums. Pella’s tulips are of Dutch origin, and Des Moines, the capital of Iowa, was apparently named by French immigrants. In the Effigy Mounds National Monument on the Mississippi River in the northeast of the state, rangers offer guided hikes several times a day in the summer months to the artificial hill structures called mounds, which were built by the Indians between 500 BC and 500 BC. and 1200 AD as burial and cult buildings. Of the 200 mounds in total, 31 are shaped like animals. The area is also popular with ornithologists because of its location on one of North America’s most important bird migration routes. Whether in the abolition of slavery, the end of racial discrimination.

  • Travelationary: Covers basic information about Iowa geography and economy.

Getting there

Arrival by car

Greyhound buses (website: run from Omaha to Chicago via Des Moines and Iowa City. Further connections to all major cities.

Arrival by train

The Amtrak line (website: The Cardinal/Hoosier State runs from New York to Chicago via Connersville, Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer and Dyer (all Indiana).

Passport and visa regulations

Entry with children

Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Contact addresses

Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau
900 First Avenue/Haydn Fry Way
US-52241 Coralville, Iowa
United States
(319) 337.65.92, (800) 283.65.92 (toll free within the US). Eastern Iowa Tourism Associates
117 3rd Street SE
US-52040 Dyersville, Iowa
United States
(563) 875.72.69 or (800) 891.34.82 (toll-free within the US). Iowa Tourism Office
200 East Grand Avenue
US-50309 Des Moines, Iowa
United States
(515) 725.30.84, (888) 472.60.35 (toll free within the US).

  • Usaers: Provides a full list of major rivers and mountains in Iowa.

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Iowa state