30 Famous Landmarks in Iowa You Definitely Must See Story

By Andrew Sayles

Introduction

30 Famous Landmarks in Iowa You Definitely Must See Story

These 30 famous landmarks in Iowa will guide you through this fascinating Midwestern state's natural...

Landmark 1

American Gothic House Center

American Gothic is one of the most recognizable pieces of American art, with a stern...

Landmark 2

African American Museum of Iowa

Black history runs deep in Iowa. This museum chronicles the African American experience from capture...

Landmark 3

Des Moines River

The Des Moines River is a tributary of the Mississippi River that stretches over much...

Landmark 4

Dubuque County Jail

After getting shut down in 1971, the Dubuque Country Jail was put on the National...

Landmark 5

Effigy Mounds National Monument

A thousand years ago, a culture now known as the Effigy Moundbuilders, made their home...

Landmark 6

Fenelon Place Elevator Company

The Fenelon Place Elevator Company calls itself "the world's steepest, shortest scenic railway," making it...

Landmark 7

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden more than delivers on its ideal of helping people...

Landmark 8

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Herbert Hoover has the unfortunate distinction as the US president that held office at the...

Landmark 9

Hitchcock House

The home of Reverend George B. Hitchcock provided safe passage for escaped slaves traveling through...

Landmark 10

Iowa Old Capitol Building

Before Des Moines became the capital of Iowa in 1857, Iowa City was where the...

Landmark 11

Iowa State Capitol Building

The current Iowa State Capitol Building can hardly be called new, dating back almost as...

Landmark 12

Iowa's Great River Road

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway is one of the natural Iowa landmarks that...

Landmark 13

John Wayne Birthplace Museum

Marion Robert Morrison, better known by his stage name of John Wayne, was born in...

Landmark 14

The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk

According to lore, Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise will be born in...

Landmark 15

Julien Dubuque Monument

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the region that would become Iowa, was an important...

Landmark 16

Lake Manawa State Park

Lake Manawa, and the 1,500 acres of state land surrounding it, provide some of the...

Landmark 17

Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa Caves States Park is home to over six miles of trails that link its...

Landmark 18

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The mighty Mississippi was a fundamental part of North American trade before automobiles. This museum...

Landmark 19

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

John and Mary Pappajohn opened this sculpture park in 2009 when they donated twenty-four sculptures...

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Landmark 20

Pike's Peak State Park

Pike's Peak State Park offers some of the nation's best views of the Mississippi River...

Landmark 21

Sergeant Floyd Monument

A 100-foot obelisk in Sioux City marks the final resting place of Sergeant Charles Floyd...

Landmark 22

Squirrel Cage Jail

For a brief but very strange period in history, people thought it would be a...

Landmark 23

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art

The Stanely Museum of Art in Iowa City has stayed true to Grant Wood's vision...

Landmark 24

Villisca Axe Murder House

In June of 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore and their four children were murdered in...

Landmark 25

The World's Largest Wooden Nickel

Once you experience the vast expanse of the United States firsthand, you'll begin to more...

Landmark 26

The World's Largest Concrete Gnome

At fifteen feet tall, Elwood the Gnome is another world record residing in Iowa that...

Landmark 27

The Day the Music Died Memorial

On February 3rd, 1959, the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper...

Landmark 28

Zombie Burger and Drink Lab

This unique Des Moines restaurant describes its ambiance as "post-apocalyptic chic," It comes complete with...

Landmark 29

Iowa 80 Truck Stop

In becoming the largest truck stop in the world, the Iowa 80 Truck Stop has...

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Landmark 30

The Hobo Museum

Hobos are a group of Americans that are homeless by choice, stemming from the need...

Conclusion

Conclusion

Starting at the crease of the Mississippi River in the east and extending west into...

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