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Hotels in Iowa

Rural and city life blend together in Iowa, and our selection of hotels blends quality and great prices seamlessly.  Downtown Des Moines hotels are a great choice if you plan to explore the capital city and hike along the river; Ledges State Park is less than an hour drive, offering 13 miles of trails and spectacular sandstone formations. You can depend on our Iowa Hotel Guide to provide you with a wide array of accommodations at rock bottom prices.

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Capitol Building Des Moines IA

 

Best known for being influential in nominating Presidential candidates, Iowa is a good representative of Midwestern life and values. Family-friendly Des Moines is the capital city; consider an Iowa Hotel in downtown, which features a cool, interconnecting skywalk system between hotels, restaurants and shopping venues.  You can hike or bike along the River in Des Moines to enjoy its natural beauty, or really get into nature by paddling the Iowa River Water Trail which stretches from Iowa City (two hours east of Des Moines) 72 miles to the Mississippi River.

On your way to the Iowa River Trail, be sure to visit the Amana Colonies, seven preserved German villages over 150 years old. You can sample local foods and craft beers and browse quaint galleries and museums.  Thirty-seven counties in Northeast Iowa comprise the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area where you can explore the rural life at dairy farms, museums and vineyards.

Less than an hour drive north of Des Moines brings you to Ledges State Park which showcases sandstone formations rising almost 100 feet above the streambed and 13 miles of trails giving you awesome views of the canyon at Pea’s Creek. Waubonsie State Park, in the extreme southwest corner of the state offers scenic views of three other states while the Effigy Mounds National Monument at Harpers Ferry in the far northeast corner exhibits more than 200 ceremonial and sacred American Indian mounds. Visit the Hawkeye State to experience friendly hospitality!

Best Iowa Parks

Adventureland

Thrilling rides on land and in a water park – what else could you ask for? Get a bird’s-eye view of the park on Sky Ride, spin around in giant teacups, ride the park’s original wooden coaster and watch your kiddies laugh with glee flying on a pint-sized dragon. One minute you’re floating down a lazy river, and the next you’re flying head-first down the Reef Racer!  Kids enjoy a snack at gigantic Petunia Pig, and you can watch the big game and enjoy adult refreshments at the swim-up Sandbar. Find Discount Hotels near Adventureland.

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Visit over 200 ceremonial and sacred American Indian burial sites along the Mississippi River in picturesque Eastern Iowa. If you are visiting during the summer, take a guided tour to Fire Point where you can see conical, linear, compound and effigy mounds. A tour of the museum allows you to explore Indian artifacts up to 2,000 years old. Find Discount Hotels near Effigy Mounds National Monument.

Ledges State Park

Archeologists have dated evidence from this area to about 4,000 years ago. Visitors appreciate the canyons and bluffs, with sandstone cliffs rising 100 feet from the streambed. Hike for a fantastic view of Pea’s Creek “canyon”, pedal the Central State Park Bike Route connecting Ledges with 2 other State Parks, and wander along a unique interpretive trail featuring lichens. Find Discount Hotels near Ledges State Park.

 

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