The “Top of Iowa” is all about going places. Dows’ antique railroad depot welcomes you to explore sandstone caves, take a float trip along the Iowa River, set sail on aptly named Clear Lake, and tour the world’s largest motor home factory. Nature centers, wildlife preserves, Buddy Holly’s last gig, and one-of-a-kind museums round out your trip.
Welcome to the center of things for town and country fun. Iowa’s capital, Des Moines, is a futuristic skywalk city renowned for world-class entertainment, Living History Farms, and its open-to-the-public governor’s mansion, Victorian Terrace Hill. College and professional sports, glittering casinos, antique shopping, historic museums, diverse cultural events, and child-centered fun make Central Iowa a family-vacation destination.
Here Iowa’s largest lakes, Rathbun and Red Rock, beckon. You can “go Hollywood” at Winterset’s Bridges of Madison County movie sites and birthplace of John Wayne. Thrill to the roar of national sprint car racing in Knoxville or follow Amish buggies down quiet country roads. See Grant Wood’s American Gothic house or travel to Dutch Pella.