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Iowa Travel Guide

Nestled between Mississippi and Missouri, Iowa is a delightful US travel destination. The state capital of Des Moines makes a perfect spot for an alternative weekend break in a historic, culturally rich city, while a wider exploration of the state enables travelers to enjoy incredible natural scenery and national parks.

Things to Do in Iowa

Des Moines offers plenty of excellent shopping, dining and nightlife options. The city is also home to a host of stunning parks and green open spaces. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden offers a fragrant stroll through beautiful flower gardens with influences from around the world. Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a nice place to enjoy a picnic or a walk amid unique and quirky contemporary art installations and sculptures that are scattered through its grounds. Outside of Des Moines, Iowa has a lot of wonderful natural attractions. Hiking enthusiasts will love trekking through the Maquoketa Caves State Park, and the Effigy Mounds National Monument. The latter of the two contains a lot of archaeological exhibits and museums about Native American history in the area.

Best Places to Stay in Iowa

Des Moines is a great place to base yourself in Iowa, but feel free to visit any of the bucolic towns scattered throughout the state en route to discovering the underrated beauty of Iowa.

Best Time to Visit Iowa

Iowa can be enjoyed all year round, though Spring, Summer and Fall are the best options for hiking and being outdoors.

Price and Availability Index in Iowa

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Iowa is in July, while the cheapest month is in March. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Iowa is in the high season in July. Iowa has its low season in January, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Iowa tends to be Tuesday, while the most expensive day tends to be Saturday. Vacation homes in Iowa tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.

Vacation Rentals in Iowa

At AllTheRooms.com we have accommodations from all of your favourite providers - Airbnb, Glamping Hub, VRBO and more. AllTheRooms has 5224 vacation rentals, hotels and other great places to stay during your time in Iowa, with everything from cheap hostels and homestays to luxury Airbnbs and hotels. For those traveling on a budget, the cheapest place to stay in Iowa is available at $10 per night. On average, a place to stay in Iowa will cost you $131 per night.

If you want to stay connected during your trip, then you can choose from over 166 accommodations in Iowa that have WiFi. 47 places to stay include a breakfast. You can keep up with your workout regime by staying at one of 17 accommodations that provide gym facilities. If you're planning on arriving in Iowa by car, be sure to choose from 197 accommodations that provide parking. 22 accommodations come with a pool or jacuzzi

AllTheRooms has 68 pet-friendly places to stay in Iowa, so if you're travelling with your cat or dog you won't have any trouble.

We combine a wide variety of Iowa accommodations including vacation rentals, homestays, hostels and other unique places to stay into one easy search. We show results from more than 5 providers, including 134 places to stay from Airbnb, 41 accommodations from Glamping Hub and 29 places to stay from VRBO.

2817 accommodations in Iowa have been reviewed: 65% are rated excellent or good. 732 places to stay in are instantly bookable.

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