Cheap flights to Iowa

Iowa - located in the Midwest of the United States of America - is the third most agriculturally-productive state in the country, producing a tenth of the entire USA’s food supply (especially in corn, soybean and livestock). Situated next to the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers as well as the Mississippi, Iowa has an area of more than 50,000 square miles and is the 29th state to join the USA. Also known as the ‘Hawkeye State’, Iowa was named after Ioway, the native American tribe that had once lived in the region.

Its capital, Des Moines, is also the state’s largest city.

Getting around Iowa

Like most places in the United States, Iowa is best navigated by car. With its extensive network of well-developed highways and roads as well as a general abundance of parking spaces, road tripping in Iowa could be fun, enjoyable and easy. Do note that snow and ice are extremely common during Iowa winters, though, so be sure to carry snow chains and shovels in your vehicle.

Otherwise, long-distance inter-city buses are also available for tourists who prefer not to drive.

What to see and do

If in Iowa don’t miss a visit to the state’s famous Amana Colonies, a National Historic Landmark of America born from a people’s long and inspiring struggle for freedom and survival. Consisting of a cluster of 7 villages in the prairies of Iowa, the Amana Colonies were formed when German Pietists, facing persecution at home, sought to migrate to a land of religious freedom and set up a new community in America (first in New York, then Iowa), named ‘Amana’ after the Song of Solomon. Today, the Amana colonies are open for heritage tourism and are renowned for its good restaurants as well as handicrafts shops. Visit the colonies and walk amongst the still-standing communal buildings for a feel and understanding of the refreshing Amana spirit of humility, piety and communal caring.

Next must-see in Iowa is the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, a National Historic Site set up in honour of the late President. The 187-acre complex includes the two-room cottage in which President Hoover was born and raised in, the Hoover Library (filled with manuscripts and photographs of the President’s work), galleries full of displays depicting his childhood and final days and the burial site of Mr. and Mrs. Hoover, amongst others. Learn more about this amazing orphan’s life story and how he went on to become a multi-millionaire and President of the United States.

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