Page 1 of 8 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 112
  1. #1
    All-Star
    Points: 37,107, Level: 59
    Level completed: 39%, Points required for next Level: 743
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    1 year registered25000 Experience Points
    BloodyBuddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    1,500
    Points
    37,107
    Level
    59
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 63
    Given: 19

    Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Can't afford a big getaway this year so thinking about doing a couple smaller, more local vacations. We are outdoors types. I Like Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Camping, Kayaking, Nature. Wife likes artsy stuff, Music, Art, Checking out Downtown Shops, Coffee Houses, Good or Interesting Restaurants.

    Any suggestions? What do you consider some "Hidden Gems" of Iowa.



  2. #2
    Addict
    Points: 164,983, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 4.0%
    Achievements:
    Created Album pictures50000 Experience PointsOverdriveRecommendation Second ClassSocial
    CLONECONES's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    RVA
    Posts
    7,188
    Points
    164,983
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 5
    Given: 5

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations



    Somehow I "wound" up in Traer one time... sickkkkkkkkk spiral staircase that leads to a wall on Main St.

    bet that "winding stairs festival" is a good time tho




    Self proclaimed 2012 CF Newcomer of the Year

  3. #3
    All-Star
    Points: 27,376, Level: 50
    Level completed: 83%, Points required for next Level: 174
    Overall activity: 11.0%
    Achievements:
    Created Album picturesVeteran25000 Experience Points
    Triggermv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Marion, IA
    Posts
    1,674
    Points
    27,376
    Level
    50
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 97
    Given: 105

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Hardly a "hidden" jem, but Okoboji would probably be Iowa's biggest summer vacation destination. Plenty of outdoor activities to do there also.



  4. #4
    All-Star
    Points: 34,454, Level: 57
    Level completed: 17%, Points required for next Level: 996
    Overall activity: 31.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    CyOps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    1,636
    Points
    34,454
    Level
    57
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 124
    Given: 17

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    We went kayaking on the Nishnabotna River last summer. We put in north of Avoca and ended in Hancock at Botna Bend park. Botna Bend is a pretty nice camp site and has buffalo and elk penned up.

    The first half of the kayak trip there were occasional sand bars where people often find mamoth remains and on occasion an arrowhead.



  5. #5
    Pro
    Points: 40,549, Level: 62
    Level completed: 16%, Points required for next Level: 1,101
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Social25000 Experience PointsVeteran
    CyLoboClone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Albuquerque
    Posts
    2,436
    Points
    40,549
    Level
    62
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 7
    Given: 3

    Re:Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    The grotto, dude, the grotto.



  6. #6
    All-Star
    Points: 24,006, Level: 47
    Level completed: 46%, Points required for next Level: 544
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    10000 Experience PointsVeteran
    dtclones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Des Moines
    Posts
    1,630
    Points
    24,006
    Level
    47
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Never been up there myself, but NE Iowa/Allamakee County is pretty cool if you're into natural scenery. I'm sure you could find a nice campground up there to spend a couple days at.


    edit: NE Iowa, not NW. There ain't **** up in NW Iowa.


    Last edited by dtclones; 04-13-2012 at 09:26 AM.

  7. #7
    Pro
    Points: 58,175, Level: 74
    Level completed: 75%, Points required for next Level: 375
    Overall activity: 5.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    intrepid27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Marion, IA
    Posts
    2,570
    Points
    58,175
    Level
    74
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 95
    Given: 80

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Olin- Oldest town in Jones County (just southeast of Anamosa). Is your scene is meth labs and mosquitos this could be the spot for you. Highlights include 6 ft tall wooden gorilla on main street.

    Events calendar: On Halloween the local kids steal hundreds of pumpkins and smash them on bridge until there is a 2 inch slick ofgoo on the road. The rest of the townfolk that are not under house arrest bring beer and lawnchairs to watch the festivities. I guess its cheaper than a fireworks display.

    Stay progressive my friends.



  8. #8
    Swarm & Punish
    Points: 285,182, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 63.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience Points
    keepngoal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    19,646
    Points
    285,182
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 360
    Given: 656

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Yellow River.
    Maquaota Caves.

    great places for outdoor activities.
    -keep


    The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is of all things most shameful and vile. - Plato

    May you only need 39 acres to turn your rig around. - keep

  9. #9
    Asst. Regional Manager
    Points: 233,851, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 99.4%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    mj4cy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Ankeny
    Posts
    16,588
    Points
    233,851
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 506
    Given: 458

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Ledges - great for hiking.

    Waterloo - water park/casino.


    @RandomGeoFacts

  10. #10
    Pro
    Points: 42,270, Level: 63
    Level completed: 48%, Points required for next Level: 680
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    3,371
    Points
    42,270
    Level
    63
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 31
    Given: 32

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Though not Iowa, Savannah and Galena, IL just on the Mississippi river is a real interesting area. There is an old river plantation that makes a nice tour in that area.

    Northeast Iowa near Wisconsin is pretty interesting. There are a couple older towns in that area that are really quaint.

    Actually, starting in Clinton and going up the Mississippi River drive on both sides of the state line is worth a few days exploring. Lots of trails, parks, etc. in that region.



  11. #11
    Starter
    Points: 23,587, Level: 47
    Level completed: 4%, Points required for next Level: 963
    Overall activity: 8.0%
    Achievements:
    Social1 year registered10000 Experience Points
    Buster28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Ames
    Posts
    936
    Points
    23,587
    Level
    47
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 63
    Given: 61

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Agree with those suggesting northeast Iowa. There are lots of things for those who like the outdoors. Dubuque is pretty close to everything of interest up there and makes a decent home-base to go out and do stuff. Plus you'll find the most lodging options of anyplace if you don't find camping facilities that you're happy with.


    All people who make sweepingly generalized, stupid, uninformed comments are idiots.

    (maybe)

  12. #12
    Addict
    Points: 322,438, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 99.6%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteranOverdrive
    00clone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Iowa City area
    Posts
    8,324
    Points
    322,438
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,370
    Given: 338

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Quote Originally Posted by dtclones View Post
    Never been up there myself, but NE Iowa/Allamakee County is pretty cool if you're into natural scenery. I'm sure you could find a nice campground up there to spend a couple days at.


    edit: NE Iowa, not NW. There ain't **** up in NW Iowa.
    Quote Originally Posted by twistedredbird View Post
    Though not Iowa, Savannah and Galena, IL just on the Mississippi river is a real interesting area. There is an old river plantation that makes a nice tour in that area.

    Northeast Iowa near Wisconsin is pretty interesting. There are a couple older towns in that area that are really quaint.

    Actually, starting in Clinton and going up the Mississippi River drive on both sides of the state line is worth a few days exploring. Lots of trails, parks, etc. in that region.
    You know, a river road weekend/week would be a good one, I think more naturally north to south. If you're into wine, you could combine it with the wine trail over there:

    Iowa Wine Trail -

    Other thoughts: Cabela's in Prairie du Chein, WI, try and find Waupeton, Iowa, Breitbach's restaurant in Balltown, IA (it's just a hair away from Dickeyville, WI), Mississippi River museum in Dubuque, Kalmes' store and restaurant in St. Donatus, Iowa, "Tug fest" in Le Claire, IA/Port Byron, IL (they have a tug of war across the Mississippi River) Le Claire is also home of the American Pickers. There's more, I'm sure, just what I thought of off the top of my head.



  13. #13
    All-Star
    Points: 33,837, Level: 56
    Level completed: 66%, Points required for next Level: 413
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    25000 Experience PointsVeteran
    dtISU's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Boone (not Marshalltown)
    Posts
    1,333
    Points
    33,837
    Level
    56
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 56
    Given: 83

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    You know, a river road weekend/week would be a good one, I think more naturally north to south. If you're into wine, you could combine it with the wine trail over there:

    Iowa Wine Trail -

    Other thoughts: Cabela's in Prairie du Chein, WI, try and find Waupeton, Iowa, Breitbach's restaurant in Balltown, IA (it's just a hair away from Dickeyville, WI), Mississippi River museum in Dubuque, Kalmes' store and restaurant in St. Donatus, Iowa, "Tug fest" in Le Claire, IA/Port Byron, IL (they have a tug of war across the Mississippi River) Le Claire is also home of the American Pickers. There's more, I'm sure, just what I thought of off the top of my head.
    (Snicker)...you said tug fest.


    "If I've told you once, I've told you a million times - don't exaggerate!"

  14. #14
    Rookie
    Points: 6,103, Level: 23
    Level completed: 11%, Points required for next Level: 447
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points
    CYISFLY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    SW Ia
    Posts
    509
    Points
    6,103
    Level
    23
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 12
    Given: 18

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Lake Rathbun around Centerville, and Albia.



  15. #15
    Addict
    Points: 203,891, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 11.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    longtimeclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Up north
    Posts
    7,732
    Points
    203,891
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 63
    Given: 28

    Re: Iowa's Hidden Gems - Iowa Vacations

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    Yellow River.
    Maquoketa Caves.

    great places for outdoor activities.
    -keep
    FIFY. When I was in boy scouts we camped here a couple of times and had a blast exploring the caves.

    I would also agree that there are plenty of shops and small things to do in Dubuque. I would also add the Amana Colonies have quite a few shops around too but you are getting pretty close to Hawkville.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • Football
  • Iowa State vs. North Dakota State
  • August 30, 2014
  • 11:00 AM