ATTRACTIONS: (some main ones)
The Amana Colonies, Crystal Lake Cave, the Capitol, and points of interest both along the Mormon Tray and along the historic Lewis and Clark Tray, to name but a few.
- Beautyphoon: Basic information about the U.S. state of Iowa, including state history, geography, population, economy, and politics.
For more attractions and points of interest, follow the links below.
AGREEMENT AND VISITOR’S OFFICE:
- Cedar Rapids
- Cities of Davenport/Courtyard
- Des Moines
- Iowa City
- Sioux City
- Electricity: 110/120V, 60Hz
- Times to Travel: With its beautiful rolling countryside, historic sites and outdoor activities of all descriptions, Iowa is a year-round family destination.
Climate: Across the Midwestern states of America, the weather is often unpredictable as very hot summers, winter blizzards and violent thunderstorms are not uncommon, and Iowa is no exception to that rule.
- Biotionary: Nickname of Iowa, covering state overview, travel information and most popular attractions.
For the most part here the spring months are pleasant but rainy; summers can be quite warm; fall months are comfortably mild, yet cold in the mornings, and winters are cold statewide.
Early evening thunderstorms are common in late spring and summer, and tornadoes commonly occur in Iowa as it is placed in America ‘s Tornado Alley.
January is the coldest month with average high temperatures in the high 30s. July is the warmest month with average high temperatures approaching the high 80s. Hotter summers and colder winters (with significant snow) are not uncommon.
Annual precipitation ranges from 25 to 30 inches in the northwestern third of the state, while the central and southern regions are closer to 35 inches.
Seasonal Temperature Averages:
HIGH TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 45/7 (Feb) 48/9 (March) 55/13 (April) 60/16
May 75/24 (Jun) 78/26 ( Jul) 88/31 (Aug) 80/27
(Sept) 78/26 (Oct) 60/16 (Nov) 50/10 (Dec) 30/-1
LOW TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 29/-2 (February) 15/-9 (March) 30/-1 (April) 45/7
May 55/13 (June) 65/18 (July) 69/21 (August) 63/18
(September) 45/7 (October) 35/2 (November) 18/14 (December) 14/-10
The city of Iowa City is located in the US state of Iowa, in Johnson County, and has a population of around 67,000. Iowa City is thus the fifth largest city in the country, which is also home to the renowned University of Iowa located near Coralville.
Iowa City used to be the first capital of the state of Iowa. The Old Capitol building from 1842, which is now a national cultural monument and a major tourist attraction, has been preserved here to this day. Other attractions of the city include the Art Museum or the Plum Grove building, which was the home of Iowa’s first governor. The monuments of the city also include the Old Post Office building, Close House, Linsay House, Park House Hotel, Old Brick and the church of St. Mary’s Church. In 2008, Iowa City was named the second best place to do business in the country by Forbes Magazine.
The city was founded during the legislative session on January 21, 1839. At the request of Governor Robert Lucas, the capital was moved from the original Burlington to Iowa City, which was more in the center of the state. However, Iowa City officially became the capital only in 1841. This status remained until 1876, when it was decided to move the capital to Des Moines.
In the west of the US state of Iowa lies the city of Sioux City, which is the center of Plymouth County and the county seat of Woodbury County. It is currently home to about 83,000 people, but the entire metropolitan area, including other surrounding towns, has around 145,000 inhabitants. The Missouri River flows through the city, where it joins the smaller Floyd River.
The entire area of northwestern Iowa, northeastern Nebraska, and southeastern South Dakota is sometimes referred to collectively as Siouxland, especially by local media. The first people to settle in this area were numerous Native American tribes. Native Americans lived here thousands of years before explorers from Spain and France reached the shores of America. It is still unclear whether the first European to visit the area was a French or Spanish fur trader. The first historically documented expedition was carried out by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the summer of 1804. Their expedition was supported by the federal government, especially President Thomas Jefferson, who anxiously awaited their every report.
Sioux City landmarks include Stone State Park, located on the northwest tip of the city, near the Loess Hills. Among its permanent residents are vultures. Another interesting place is the Dorothy Pecaut Natural Center, where you can see wild deer and wild turkeys. It often happens that you also see each other on marked hiking trails. You can visit a number of other parks around the city, such as War Eagle Park, Riverside Park or Bacon Creek Park, where the locals like to run. The parks around Sioux City are relatively natural and manage to preserve pieces of original wilderness. On the other hand, the confluence of the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers looks considerably regulated compared to its original form.
Sioux City is also home to schools and universities, including Morningside College, Briar Cliff University, St. Luke’s College, East High School or Western Iowa Tech Community College. Local landmarks include the Air Crash Memorial, the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, and the Sergeant Floyd Memorial, which dominates the entire city.