Beyond the silos and waves of grain, country sights give way to city lights in population centers like Dubuque, Des Moines, the Quad Cities and Waterloo.
Fresh attractions are pumping new life into historic cities that have figured out how to reinvent themselves.
Oases of culture waiting to be discovered, these urban hotspots offer museums, amusements, theater, music and fine cuisine. Dubuque, for example, has reinvigorated its Mississippi riverfront with a variety of group-friendly amenities, including a brand new expansion that doubles the size of its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Waterloo boasts the new Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, while Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a new jewel in downtown Des Moines.