Scenic Byways In Iowa

a scenic road in the state of iowa

The Hawkeye State

Most people think of corn when they think of Iowa and for good reason. Iowa is at the heart of the corn belt, an area of the United States that is known for its corn production, as well as many other agricultural exports.

Of course, in the modern-day, Iowa is home to manufacturing, processing, and green energy production as some of their varied economic exports. In an interesting turn of events, one that is not always common for states, Iowa’s capital city is also its largest and most populous city, making Des Moines a hot tourist location for anyone looking to experience this state up close.

Exploring Iowa By Road

While the average person may think of Iowa as a flat state, Iowa is home to rolling Hills, gorgeous rivers, and tracks of sprawling forests that capture the eye and the imagination alike.

The name “Iowa” comes from the Ioway people, one group of Native American nations who made their home within this state before European colonization. Portions of the Iowa territory belonged to both French Louisiana and Spanish Louisiana and became part of the United States after the Louisiana Purchase. This history can be seen in the state flag, which mirrors the colors of the French flag.

While there are plenty of opportunities for you to learn about Iowa’s interesting history, including its prehistory, there is one piece of future history that may interest you. Riverside, Iowa has a plaque commemorating the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk from the hit television show and movie series Star Trek.

Whether you’re looking to explore the natural landscape of this beautiful state, or hoping to learn more about his history from museums and historic trails, there is plenty to explore when visiting Iowa.

Not only are there countless scenic byways for you to traverse at your own time, but there are plenty of side roads and attractions throughout this state that is sure to capture your imagination and leave you dreaming of fields full of corn.

Whether you are are in a car, truck, RV, or on a motorcycle Iowa byways should be on your list to ride.

No matter where your travels take you, a visit to Iowa’s short last in your memory for a long time, and give you a true appreciation of America’s agricultural history, as well as their potential future in space exploration, should you be a fan of Star Trek.

Whatever your endeavor, we hope you find yourself boldly going to explore the various byways Iowa has to offer.