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IOWA - A Midwest Delight
Although you might not think of a state with ninety-two percent of it being comprised of farmland for your next travel plans, Iowa is actually a state that has much to offer including a rich history. If you love the outdoors, you can enjoy canoeing, fishing and camping at Arrowhead Park in Neola. Or, test your luck at the Casino Riverboat in Council Bluffs and go to Cedar Rapids for some wine tasting. Take a walk at your leisure through the Skywalk in Davenport and visit the capitol in Des Moines which has woodwork that is beautifully finished and paintings which are well-preserved all throughout it.
Des Moines is also known for the Living History Farms and famous Iowa State Fair. You can enjoy many family activities in one of Iowa’s great cities, including Blank Park Zoon, a landscaped zoological park, the Science Center of Iowa and the State Historical Museum. If you love art, the Des Moines Art center has an impressive collection. The second largest city in Iowa, Cedar Rapids, has a diverse culture and rich history.
Its name coming from an American Indian tribe of the same name, Iowa was party of the Louisiana Purchase which was a deal that was arranged between Napoleon Bonaparte of France and President Thomas Jefferson. This brought a big tract of the continent under the control of the United States and white settlers were unable to come here until the early 1830s. After the Black Hawk War in 1832 the Fox and Sauk were forced to make land cessions west of the Mississippi River for the first time. The U.S. government gave them forty barrels of tobacco, a small amount of money, forty barrels of salt and some blacksmithing services for the fertile Mississippi Valley which is now eastern Iowa. A year later the tribes were ordered to leave the area
There are many state parks and national parks in this state which make a great reason to visit Iowa if you love outdoor activities. They provide you with all sorts of ways to make family memories with an array of things to do including hiking trails taken by Lewis and Clark or the Mormons. Or, you can visit the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and see where he was born and also see what a blacksmith shop at the time was like. You can visit the West Branch schoolhouse where as well, plus the Friends Meetinghouse and the Presidential Library.
When you want to see America, Iowa and all it has to offer should not be passed up. It is a state with many sightseeing opportunities and things to do.