Photo courtesy of The Iowa capital building rests on lush and vibrant grounds in Des Moines.

The sunlight glinting off rolling fields of corn is sure to soothe and relax any weary traveler headed to the great state of Iowa; and Iowa has more to offer than just farmland, including teeming urban centers, peaceful suburban retreats, and miles of beautiful and serene landscape.

Look below for just a few of the attractions Iowa has to offer:

The Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair is an annual event and has more competitions than any such fair in the nation. The Iowa State Fair boasts whimsical contests for kids such as the "Ugliest Cake" contest, unconventional attractions like the yo-yo contest, and more traditional fare such as livestock and pie-baking contests. All this in addition to rides, games and all the food you can eat makes the Iowa State Fair a family vacation not to be missed.

Bridges of Madison County

Famed as the setting for James Waller's novel, The Bridges of Madison County, and as the birthplace of John Wayne, Madison County receives inspiration-and romance-seeking tourists every year. At its peak, Madison County tallied 19 bridges, which created a practical link between picturesque routes throughout the county.

Amana Colonies

The Amana communities encompass 20,000 acres and 31 historic places. They were one of the world's longest active communal societies, lasting from 1855 to 1932. Hundreds of buildings were once part of the communities; almost 500 have survived.

Continue to the next page to learn more about all the down-home excitement going on at the Iowa State Fair.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:
  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Iowa State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Iowa, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.