From historic sites and charming villages to world-class dining, Michael Ream provides a set of travel itineraries for exploring all aspects of the state.
Bordered on the east by picturesque bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and to the west by the Loess Hills stretched out along the Missouri River, you’ll find tucked among the swaths of corn a slower pace of life. From historic sites and charming villages to world-class dining, Michael Ream provides a set of travel itineraries for exploring all aspects of the state. More than 100 full-color photos bring these varied venues to life.
About the Author
Michael Ream is the author of several guidebooks and numerous articles. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
Table of Contents
1 Dubuque and Points West: From a Classic River Town to a Famous Baseball Field 13
2 Great River Road North: Scenery & Shopping in Historic River Towns 31
3 Great River Road South from Dubuque to the Quad Cities: Jazz and John Deere on the Mississippi 47
4 Rollin' on the River: Muscatine, Burlington, Fort Madison and Keokuk 67
5 Northeast Iowa: Nature Trails and a Touch of Norway 81
6 Iowa City and Cedar Rapids: A Classic College Town and a Taste of Czech and Slovak Culture 99
7 The Amana Colonies and Kalona: Step Back in Time 121
8 Waterloo/Cedar Falls: Attractions Along the River 135
9 Southeast Iowa: Simplicity in Small Towns 149
10 Northern Iowa: From The Music Man to the Day the Music Died 161
11 Central Iowa: Heart of the Hawkeye State 179
12 Southern Iowa: A Legacy of Coal and the Mormon Trail 201
13 Iowa's Chain of Lakes: The Okoboji Area and Storm Lake 213
14 Northwest Iowa: Lewis and Clark Country, Dutch Windmills and Ice Cream! 225
15 Southwest Iowa: From Council Bluffs to the Cold War in Coon Rapids 239