Iowa (United States): what to see in the 29th state

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What to see in Iowa, information about the area, with geographical features, landscapes and main places of interest that deserve attention.


Tourist information

Iowa is the 29th state to have entered the United States of America on December 28, 1846.

With capital Des Moines, it takes its name from the Iowa tribe, a native population of the place.


This state borders geographically with the state of Minnesota to the north, Nebraska to the west, Dakota and Missouri to the south, Wisconsin and Illinois to the east.

Among the many natural lakes, Spirit, West Okoboji and East Okoboji deserve to be mentioned, while among the artificial lakes we find Lake Odessa, Saylorville, Red Rock, Coralville, McBride and Rathbun.

The territory is generally flat with some hills, composed of particular sediments called Loess, which demarcate the western border of the state.


The climate in Iowa is continental with strong peaks of both hot and cold and frequent rains in the winter.

Tornadoes are relatively infrequent.

What see

A characteristic area, located in the north-east along the Mississippi River, is the Driftless Zone, characterized by a land of glacial origin with hills with steep slopes and sudden cliffs, with vegetation mainly composed of conifers, which underline a clear difference in landscape compared to to the rest of Iowa.


Des Moines is the capital of this state, as well as being the capital of Polk county, and is located in the south-central part of the state.

In the southern part of the city center, the two rivers Des Moines and Raccoon meet, also used for the local supply of drinking water.

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This city is famous in the musical world for giving birth to the famous Nu Metal bands of Slipknot and To My Surprise.

Places worth visiting include Downtown Attractions, The Iowa Events Center, East Village Shopping Area, Des Moines Art Festival and Des Moines Civic Center.

Battleship U.S.S Iowa, Port Of Los Angeles (July 2020)


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