Hello, Iowa. I don’t know if you remember me. Short in stature. Wears a funny hat. Formerly Emperor of France. Has a Napoleon complex. You know, the guy who sold Iowa to America.
Bingo! Napoleon Bonaparte.
Let me tell you, I developed a serious case of seller’s remorse on my first trip to Iowa. After flipping through my Iowa Travel Guide, I realized I’d only scratched the surface of this amazing land of yours (formerly mine). So when I got the chance, I made a triumphant return to Iowa.
I started at a thrill-seeker’s paradise known as King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort in Storm Lake. I screamed my way through the Twisted Tornado, Discovery Plunge, Howling Hurricane body slide, and the Fish pipe water ride that spins at 45 revolutions per minute! Then I spent the rest of the weekend floating along a lazy river. I’ve had enough drama in my life.
I rode an “iron horse” (I think you call it a train) along the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone. The views of the river valley were stunning. I booked the Dinner Train and dined on shrimp cocktail and prime rib. Mon Dieu! It was good to feel like an emperor again.
In my day I had the fastest horse in the realm, Marengo. But he’s nothing compared to the horsepower that was on display at the Iowa Speedway in Newton. It’s the fastest short track on the planet. I got tickets to a NASCAR race and enjoyed every lap and every plate of nachos. I didn’t even mind that my hat blew off every time the leader drove by.
Also on my must-do list was Honey Creek Resort State Park in Moravia. It’s nestled in a beautiful setting on a lake. I could golf, boat, fish, hike — whatever I felt like, it was all right there.
And those are just some the highlights. Jump online right now and check out more about my trip (and ideas for your next trip) at traveliowa.com/napoleon.
Who knows, maybe we’ll cross paths sometime this summer. I’ll be the guy in the snappy uniform. With a big smile across his face.