Travel & Adventure

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10 Iowa Beaches

With spring in our midst and summer right around the corner, it’s that time of the year to start planning trips to the beach to cool off in the waters and soak up the sun. Here are 10 top beaches in Iowa to help you plan the perfect warm-weather getaway.

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10 Iowa Waterfalls

With the snow finally melting away, some of our favorite waterfall destinations in Iowa are reviving and making a roaring return. Here are the top 10 must-see spots for ‘fall connoisseurs, from hidden gems to popular natural wonders.

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AC Hotel by Marriott Des Moines East Village

Opened in 2017, AC Hotel by Marriott East Village is located in an affluent neighborhood in Des Moines with countless brick façade restaurant, boutiques, bars and more. This cosmopolitan hotel is ideal for the design-conscious traveler and home to one of the area’s coolest cocktail spots, The Republic on Grand.

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5 Historic Driving Trails to Cruise in Iowa

A cruise through the hidden backroads of Iowa can be scenic, quiet and, simply put, dazzling. But believe it or not, it can actually double as a history lesson too. The state is full of a number of driving trails that can serve as routes for a charming evening drive, or that can act as an alternative excursion that will allow you to immerse yourself in the culture of Iowa.

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Iowa’s Best Glamping Retreats

Everyone loves an excuse to explore the great outdoors—and luxurious glamping experiences offer all the charm of a secluded getaway, but with the conveniences of a five-star resort. Iowa has a handful of fantastic glamping alternatives that offer unparalleled views at some of the state’s most iconic lakes, nature preserves and national parks.

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5 Best Places to Stargaze in Iowa

While Iowa has a number of bustling cities and towns, the state’s rural counties have actually proven to be some of the most beloved locations. The limited light pollution in these areas makes them prime spots for stargazing. So, grab your binoculars or telescopes, and check out five of the best places to marvel at constellations in the state.