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Places to Visit in Iowa

Iowa Tourist Attractions

These places to visit in Iowa come from other travelers on their ultimate family vacation adventure just like you! Read the reviews, and then tell us about your favorite Iowa tourist attractions.

The state of Iowa is not just farmland. Some of the more extraordinary places to visit in Iowa include the capital city of Des Moines, which is famous for the Adventureland amusement park and the 22 acre Blank Park Zoo.

places-to-visit-in-iowa-01; iowa postage stamp Those seeking to learn more about Dutch culture can also visit the city of Pella, which was founded by Dutch immigrants in 1847.

Major attractions in the city including a fully functional 1850s-style windmill.

Other cultural places to visit in Iowa include its theaters, which provide tons of entertainment options including symphonies and Broadway plays.

As diverse as these opportunities are, they still only represent a brief look at the many places to visit in the state.

Tell us about your favorite Iowa tourist attractions. Its easy to do. Here is a submission by one reader:

Danish Windmill and Immigrant Museum

The Danish Windmill in Elkhorn, Iowa is a awesome sight to see inside and out! As well as the Danish Immigrant Museum nearby with all its information about the Danish Immigrants that settled in the area.

places-to-visit-in-iowa-02; danish windmill elkhorn iowa Inside the Windmill you will see a genuine interior of a working windmill actually turning with the wind and running a grindstone!

This windmill was actually built in 1848 in Norre Snede, Denmark.

It was one man's dream to bring this windmill to a area where many Danish people had settled years before.

So the citizens began to raise the funds to move this windmill while a Danish carpenter built a scale model (to understand how to reassemble it once in Iowa) and began to dismantle the windmill for future shipment.

This was all done by 1976 and is now the only windmill in America. It is a fantastic location for travelers, being only a few miles north of Interstate 80.

It is also a Official Iowa Welcome Center. The fees to tour this fantastic attraction are a minimal $2 for adults, $1 for 12-17 years old, and under 12 is free. Kids love it and adults love it and it is a must stop vacation spot as you travel through Iowa!


Then over to the Danish Immigrant Museum nearby you will find the museum that was founded in 1983 and finally built in 1994 with significant artifacts important to the Danish Immigration Story. What you will find in this museum would be anything from clothes, dishes,needlework, or just your basic wooden clogs.

There is a wealth of artifacts and information here sure to keep you busy for hours! The museum still seeks and collects information on Danish Immigrants who came to North America from anyone willing to submit their resources.


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