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Plot a trip through America’s Heartland using Iowa’s estimated 1,900 kilometers of trails. About 10,000 cyclists ride in RAGBRAI, short for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Race Across Iowa, a seven-day event in July.

Enjoy river cruises along the Missouri and Mississippi, go whitewater rafting at Riverfront Park in Charles City, and view bald eagles from Mosquito Park in Burlington. Visit a family farm in Dyersville, where the baseball classic “Field of Dreams” was filmed. Still star struck? Don’t forget about “State Fair,” the 1930s love story that was inspired by the annual Iowa State Fair.

Artist Grant Wood – known for the iconic “American Gothic,” depicting a woman standing next to a man holding a pitchfork with a farmhouse behind them – was born in Iowa. Cedar Rapids Museum of Art has the largest collection of his work. Pose for a photo at the home and studio he used from 1924 to 1934.

Iowa’s roadside attractions reflect its agricultural heritage. Albert the Bull, the world’s largest bull statue (41 metric tons, 9 meters tall) has been in Audubon since 1964. In Shelby, see a steel sculpture of a corn stalk that is 23 meters tall.

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Iowa is home to “the most crooked street in the world” – Snake Alley in Burlington.

Must see places

John Wayne Birthplace and Museum

In Madison County, visit Winterset to pay tribute to the legendary actor who appeared in about 250 movies. The four-room house was restored to look like it did in 1907, when he was born.

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National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

At the Port of Dubuque, stroll through a boatyard plaza, watch a blacksmith work and peer into 12 aquariums. Don’t leave without seeing the National Historic Landmark vessel, The William M. Black.

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High Trestle Trail

High Trestle Trail

Walk or bike the 40-kilometer rail trail from Ankeny to Woodward that is part of the 1,078-kilometer Central Iowa Trail System. The 13-story bridge in Madrid overlooks the Des Moines River Valley.

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Madison County's Bridges

Madison County's Bridges

Six covered bridges are the sites of legendary love stories, even before novelist Robert Waller and Hollywood romanticized them in “Bridges of Madison County.” Five are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Effigy Mounds National Monument

At Iowa’s only national monument, see 206 American Indian mounds built between 850 and 1,400 years ago along the Mississippi River near Harper's Ferry. Amazingly, 31 of the mounds are shaped like bears or birds.

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The Ace Hotel Rooftop in Downtown Los Angeles, California
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