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History & Fun in the Hawkeye State

From Old West museums to iconic art, historic home tours, and even ice cream parlors, Iowa's unique and historic attractions are hard matched.


Capital City

Explore DSM! Iowa’s capital and largest city, Des Moines features the State Historical Museum, and of course, the Iowa State Capitol.


Frontier Villages

If it’s living museum you want, like a pioneer village or colonial replica, Iowa has your answer.

Check out the Amana Colonies near Coralville, Ushers Ferry Historic Village in Cedar Rapids, the Kinney Pioneer Museum in Mason City, Living History Farms in Urbandale near Clive, and the Fort Museum & Frontier Village in Fort Dodge.

Iowa History

Antique Car Museum of Iowa


Vintage Machinery

For trains and automobiles (sorry, no planes) check out the Cannonball 457 Historic Train in Mason City, the Antique Car Museum of Iowa in Coralville, and the Hemken Collection Vintage Car Museum in Williams.


History Museums

History museums are a must for any buff of yesterday.

Iowa offers the Ankeny Area Historical Society Museum in Ankeny, Marshall County Historical Museum in Marshalltown, the Grout Museum of History & Science in Waterloo near Independence, the Grinnell Historical Museum in Grinnell, Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, and the Old Capitol Building & Museum in Iowa City.


Historic Home Tours

For history lovers who dabble in architecture, discover Iowa’s many historic home museums.

Iowa History

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum

Be sure to visit Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, Historic General Dodge House in Council Bluffs, the Rensselaer Russell House Museum in Waterloo, and the Stockman House and Meredith Willson Boyhood Home in Mason City – also featuring the Prairie School Architectural Tour.


Unique Iowa

Iowa’s features a number of attractions exclusive to the Hawkeye State. Don’t miss the Grant Wood Art Gallery in Cedar Rapids, the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor near Cherokee, and Iowa State University's Reiman Gardens in Ames.

Iowa is also home to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum near Coralville, the Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead in Davenport, and the Big Bopper Crash Site in Clear Lake.


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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites

2500 University Boulevard, Ames IA 50010-8621
Phone: (515) 296-2500  |  Fax: (515) 296-2874  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Longbranch Hotel & Convention Center

90 Twixt Town Road NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52402-3205
Phone: (319) 377-6386  |  Fax: (319) 377-6386  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western La Grande Hacienda

1401 N 2nd Street, Cherokee IA 51012-2201
Phone: (712) 225-5701  |  Fax: (712) 225-3926  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Holiday Lodge

2023 7th Avenue N, Clear Lake IA 50428-2103
Phone: (641) 357-5253  |  Fax: (641) 357-8153  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Des Moines West Inn & Suites

1450 NW 118th Street, Clive IA 50325-8243
Phone: (515) 221-2345  |  Fax: (515) 440-2790  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Cantebury Inn & Suites

704 1st Avenue, Coralville IA 52241-2104
Phone: (319) 351-0400  |  Fax: (319) 351-1657  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Crossroads of the Bluffs

2216 27th Avenue, Council Bluffs IA 51501-6953
Phone: (712) 322-3150  |  Fax: (712) 322-6233  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Plus Steeplegate Inn

100 W 76th Street, Davenport IA 52806-1339
Phone: (563) 386-6900  |  Fax: (563) 388-9955  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center

3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque IA 52003-5203
Phone: (563) 557-8000  |  Fax: (563) 557-7692  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

10

Best Western Starlite Village

1518 3rd Avenue NW, Fort Dodge IA 50501-2202
Phone: (515) 573-7177  |  Fax: (515) 573-3999  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

11

Best Western Pioneer Inn & Suites

2210 West Street S, Grinnell IA 50112-8108
Phone: (641) 236-6116  |  Fax: (641) 236-5783  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

12

Best Western Plus Independence Inn & Suites

2100 Swan Lake Boulevard, Independence IA 50644-2760
Phone: (319) 334-6400  |  Fax: (319) 334-2733  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

13

Best Western Regency Inn

3303 S Center Street, Marshalltown IA 50158-4753
Phone: (641) 752-6321  |  Fax: (641) 752-4412  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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