19 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Iowa

Iowa, nicknamed The Hawkeye State, is located in the Midwestern US and offers some of the most beautiful and spectacular sights and places to visit! Just browse through these awesome pictures and be amazed by it’s beauty. Looking these up I also discovered Strawberry Point is the home of the world’s largest strawberry, not sure what to do with that but fun to know:)

Grotto of the Redemption

Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend, Iowa

Source: lilacsaloon

Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend, Iowa

The largest man-made grotto in the world, this Iowa institution is a must-visit for anyone heading to the state. Frequently described as the eighth Wonder of the World, the Grotto of the Redemption is a series of nine grottos that each depict a scene from the life of Jesus. More than 100,000 people head to the grotto every year, with some $4 million worth of minerals and rocks having been used to create this beautiful place. The grotto was given a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 and jasper, quartz, topaz, calcite, stalactites and stalagmites can all be seen at the Grotto of the Redemption.


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19 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Iowa:

Interstate 80, western Iowa

  • Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend, Iowa: lilacsaloon
  • Iowa River Valley: flickr
  • Snake Alley, Burlington – Once recognized by Ripley’s Believe It or Not for being the most crooked road in the world: flickr
  • Pikes Peak State Park: experiencemississippiriver
  • Des Moines, Connecticut: flickr
  • Lansing, Black Hawk Bridge: flickr
  • Crystal Lake Cave in Dubuque: flickr
  • Interstate 80, western Iowa: flickr
  • Beulah Falls at Spook Cave, Iowa: flickr
  • Swinging Bridge in Columbus Junction: tumblr
  • Mississippi River, Keokuk, Iowa: flickr
  • Cherokee, Iowa: flickr
  • Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Iowa: midwestliving
  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines Iowa: midwestliving
  • Downtown Pella, Iowa: survivingateacherssalary
  • Church in the former Iowa town of Halfa: flickr
  • Abandoned farmstead – Central Iowa: flickr