Road Trip! Ten Reasons to Slow Down in Iowa on Your Next Transcontinental Adventure

Monday, July 16, 2018

Thousands of travelers hold their breath and floor it across the state on I-80—here are 10 good reasons why they're doing it wrong.

Often traveled, not always fully appreciated, the Iowa leg of Interstate 80 might not stand out as one of the most exciting moments of a cross-country road trip, but that's only if you don't know where to stop.

Mistaken by many travelers for yet another Midwestern state to slog through, on their way to one coast or the other—it's nothing like the others, let's get that cleared up—there's actually a whole lot to see, and to eat and drink, often within a stone's throw of the highway.

With a few planned detours (or impromptu ones, because that's what makes road trips even better), you'll be impressed by what you'll be able to experience, even if on a tight schedule. Because you can only wolf down so much gas station pizza as you go, here are 10 stops—listed in order, from east to west—that will get you up close and personal with Iowa, no matter how much time you've got.

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