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Common Misconceptions of Iowa: Culture, Recreation, & Fulfillment
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Common Misconceptions of Iowa: Culture, Recreation, & Fulfillment

Common Misconceptions of Iowa: Culture, Recreation, & Fulfillment  

The beauty and allure of Iowa are often oversimplified to endless fields of corn and grass. This fallacy is simply a grave injustice to the diverse compilation constructing the whole that is Iowa. 

The Hawkeye state is actually full of culture, endless recreational activities, and some of the best landmarks and museums in the United States. They also have great beer, if you have a palate for such things. 

Take a short journey through the extensive options presented to the inquisitive traveler. Here are a few of the most titillating experiences every visitor should seek out when exploring Iowa.

The Culture of Iowa

Culture is one of Iowa’s strongest qualities. Unbeknownst to the majority of U.S. citizens, Iowa is the home of a very ornate culture and heritage.  The small town setting of Decorah is a prime example. Decorah celebrates a vibrant Scandinavian culture adorned with tiny shops and even a yearly festival in honor of its Nordic immigrants.  

Nordic Fest is a festival that educates and celebrates Norwegian-American life in many different facets.  There’s music. There’s dancing, and there’s even a parade through the town.  Who knew Iowa was the scene of such diversity?

A bit south of Des Moines, the town of Pella, Iowa pays tribute to its Dutch population. You’ll enjoy the experience of the largest, working windmill in the whole United States. 

The villages of Pella just oozes Dutch heritage and culture. The town hosts a festival honoring its roots in May of each year.  The Tulip Time Festival celebrates all things Dutch. You’ll think you are visiting Holland for real!

Recreation Becomes You

There are so many things to do in Iowa.  The Iowa State Fair is quite the showing of the farm culture of the state.  or more than ten days, you’ll experience all sorts of farm animals, ribbon awards, zany contest events, plenty of live music, and all the greasy food you can eat. 

If you are seeking out an earthier adventure, try visiting Loess Hills in Moorhead. Here you’ll have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of plant life. 

Many of the attractive foliage you’ll witness can be purchased from a wholesale nursery and planted right in your front yard.  You’ll have the chance to bring a bit of Iowa home with you if you pay close attention. 

Informational fulfillment is mentally stimulating.  

Iowa is home to some of the most famous movie settings.  Robert James Waller transcribed the bridges of Madison County into a heartwarming movie by the same name.

Dyersville hosts the venue for the Blockbuster hit Field of Dreams.  You’ll have the chance to set foot on the same field as Kevin Costner, or take in the view from the original bleachers used in the movie. 

And if you are looking to take the kids for a fun and informative museum excursion, then you’ll want to explore the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.  This way, the kids will have a chance to learn while experiencing some of the native wildlife.


Photo Source: Think Decorah

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Thanks for the post!
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  2. Smilez13
    Very informative. I can't wait to explore Iowa, now. I always assumed it was just farms and fields of corn.
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  3. Lainey K
    Very well written!! Thanks for the info!!
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