Exploring different cultures, scoping out potential college campuses, or finding a new home are all great reasons to travel. If you are planning a trip for any of these three reasons, you can mark Iowa as your next destination. U.S. News recently ranked the Hawkeye State number five in the country for education.This means it’s an excellent choice for a place to attend college or to send your kids to grade school if you are considering a move. There are many educational resources in Iowa for people of all ages, making it the perfect state to visit for intellectual prospects as well as pleasure and sightseeing.
College in Iowa
If you are looking for a perfect place to go to college for yourself or your kids, you’d better put Iowa on your checklist. Of course, finding the right college is a long process that includes looking at cost, location, the size of the institution, and student demographics. It will also depend on the specific goals of the student, as well as the quality of the campus visit.
In additional rankings also done by U.S. News, three higher educational institutions in Iowa ranked in the top 10 in best universities in the Midwest. Drake University in Des Moines ranked number three, Dordt College in Sioux Center tied for number eight in, and Northwestern College in Orange City was number ten.
If you are not convinced that Iowa is the perfect place for you to attend school, you can relax. Deciding where you or your children go to college is a major decision, and while all institution have something valuable to offer, some students thrive better in different scenarios.
If you love Iowa after you've visited but are still unsure if it’s the right place for you, you can take a class online before making your decision. There are a rising number of students taking courses online for a variety of reasons. Doing so before enrolling for a full semester can help you get a taste of what the classes will be like without making the commitment of moving across the country.
While you’re in town, whether you are looking for a school to attend, a neighborhood to live in, or simply an engaging activity for your trip, make sure you take full advantage of Iowa’s many resources.
One place to visit is Dubuque, a picturesque farming town. Dubuque has over 50 parks within city limits, one of which is the largest solar garden in Iowa. Here, you can bike around the solar gardens or play with the interactive, educational display that informs you about the solar panels that power up to 850 homes in Dubuque.
If you are looking for a historical endeavor, you can head to Iowa City to visit the Museum of Natural History. This museum, located inside the University of Iowa, features visual displays that portray the oceans that used to cover the state, the Laysan Island of Hawaii, and even take you on a walk through a primeval forest. You can also familiarize yourself with the giant sloth, an extinct species of sloth that is also the University of Iowa’s mascot.
For literary and writing enthusiasts, Iowa offers a variety of things to do. You can’t miss visiting Iowa City, one of the only two cities in the United States designated a UNESCO City of Literature. Here, you can find Prairie Lights, a three-and-a-half floor bookstore established in 1978, complete with a large cafe area.
There is so much to visit and discover in Iowa. This state is filled with culture, knowledge, and the potential to be your next favorite trip. Plan out the details and book your trip now. Educational adventure awaits you here.