Flights to Iowa
The state of Iowa is situated in the ‘American Heartland’ in the Midwest of the USA and is best known as being a centre for agriculture and food production. With so many farms, and the impression of not much else, Iowa is often passed over by visitors to the States, however, cities like Des Moines actually have a lot to offer.
Flights to Iowa are welcomed in the international airport in Des Moines (airport code: DSM). From South Africa flights to Iowa are indirect and require either one or two stops, depending on the airline. Delta Air Lines offers one stop flights to Iowa from South Africa via Atlanta. Airlines offering two stop flights to Iowa from South Africa include Virgin Atlantic Airways, United Airlines, Air France, British Airways, and BMI.
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The Tourist Attractions in Iowa:
The largest city and capital of Iowa is Des Moines. Here visitors will find a mixture of attractions ranging from historical to modern, and may be surprised at how cosmopolitan this city is considering the rural nature of the state.
The Iowa State Capitol is often quoted as one of the most beautiful in the USA. Although similar to many in design with the tall columns and dome on its roof, what sets the Iowa State Capitol apart is its colour. So many are white, but this is a brick colour, giving it a more grandiose feel. Tours are available for free and are very extensive at an hour to an hour and a half in length.
The Governor and First Lady of Iowa reside in Terrace Hill, a house built in 1869 originally for Iowa’s first ever millionaire. Although inhabited, this impressive house can be toured and is one of the city’s top attractions.
Another historic building is Salisbury House, built in the 1920’s, plus you can visit the State Historical Society of Iowa Museum. More modern attractions include the Des Moines Art Center, with a good collection of permanent pieces including works by Matisse and Edward Hopper, plus the Science Center of Iowa is a popular attraction too.
Other Cities in Iowa
Amongst the other cities which might interest visitors to Iowa are Sioux City, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City. Cedar Rapids has a nice Downtown District and Historic Center, whilst Iowa City was the old state capital and you can see the original State Capitol Building here.
In Eastern Iowa the Amana Villages (or Amana Colonies) is one of Iowa’s top tourist attractions. Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places and as a US National Historic Landmark, these villages were settled in the 1850’s by German Pietists, who lived here until the 1930’s. The villages are appealing now because of their more simple way of life depicted here and are well known for their restaurants and craft shops.
When Should You Visit?:
Iowa has a humid continental climate and is one of the states which suffers from regular tornadoes during the spring and summer months. Summers are hot and humid and with the threat of tornadoes, autumn often makes the nicest time to visit Iowa. Winters are very cold in comparison to the summer.