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Adventureland

Adventureland
Altoona, Polk County, Iowa, 50009
Adventureland is a family-owned amusement park which features over 100 rides, shows and attractions. Adventure Bay is the water park section of Adventureland. The park's official mascot is a dog named Bernie Bernard.

Amana Colonies

Amana Colonies
Amana, Iowa County, Iowa, 52203
The Amana Colonies are a group of settlements of German Pietists. They lived a communal life until the mid 1930s. Today, Amana is a major tourist attraction known mainly for its restaurants and craft shops.

American Gothic House

American Gothic House
Eldon, Wapello County, Iowa, 52554
The American Gothic House, also known as the Dibble House, is a house designed in the Gothic Revival style with a distinctive upper window. It was the backdrop of the 1930 painting American Gothic by Grant Wood.

Arnolds Park Amusement Park

Arnolds Park Amusement Park
Arnolds Park, Dickinson County, Iowa, 51331
Nestled on the shore of Lake Okoboji, this classic amusement park was built in 1889. It features rides, attractions, live concerts, special events, dining, shopping, water rentals, and more.

Blank Park Zoo

Blank Park Zoo
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Blank Park Zoo is a 25-acre zoological park. It is the only accredited zoo in Iowa. Once the Des Moines Children's Zoo, the facility was redeveloped by a local group who financed new geographic themed exhibits and naturally landscaped environments.

Dubuque County Jail

Dubuque County Jail
Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, 52001
Completed in 1858, this massive Egyptian Revival style stone building was designed by the same architect who also did the Old Illinois State Capitol. The Dubuque County Historical Society now owns the building and operates it as a local history museum.

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument
Clayton, Iowa
Effigy Mounds National Monument preserves more than 200 prehistoric mounds built by Native Americans including numerous effigy mounds shaped like animals, including bears and birds.

Grenville M. Dodge House

Grenville M. Dodge House
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, 51503
From 1869 until his death, this was the residence of Grenville M. Dodge, who as Chief Engineer supervised the completion in 1869 of the Union Pacific Railroad. His three story, 14 room Victorian mansion was considered one of the finest residences in Iowa

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
West Branch, Iowa, 52358
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and final resting place of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States (1929-1933), located on the grounds of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

Iowa State Capitol

Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, 50319
The Capitol was constructed between 1871 and 1886. It is the only five-domed state capitol in the country. The main dome of the capitol is gilded in tissue-paper thin sheets of pure 23-karat gold and is 275 feet (84 m) tall.

National Farm Toy Museum

National Farm Toy Museum
Dyersville, Dubuque County, Iowa, 52040
The National Farm Toy Museum is a museum specializes in preserving and displaying scale models, replicas, and toys based on farm equipment. The museum has over 30,000 guests each year and about 30,000 farm toys.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, 52001
The National Mississippi River Museum is a property of the Dubuque County Historical Society, with two centers on the riverfront campus: the Mississippi River Center and the National River Center.

RailsWest Railroad Museum

RailsWest Railroad Museum
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, 51503
RailsWest Railroad Museum is a railroad museum operated by the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County. It illustrates the history of railroads in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Terrace Hill

Terrace Hill
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, 50312
Terrace Hill, also known as Hubbell Mansion, Benjamin F. Allen House, and Iowa Governor's Mansion, is the official residence of the Governor of Iowa. It is an example of Second Empire architecture.

Villisca Ax Murder House

Villisca Ax Murder House
Villisca, Montgomery County, Iowa, 50864
This old white frame house may have survived only because of the terrible murders that took place there in June, 1912.

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Top 10 Most Popular Iowa Landmarks

  1. Iowa State Capitol
  2. American Gothic House
  3. Terrace Hill
  4. Blank Park Zoo
  5. Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
  6. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
  7. Effigy Mounds National Monument
  8. National Farm Toy Museum
  9. Adventureland
  10. RailsWest Railroad Museum

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