Summer plans – travel iowa

I love driving around Iowa and visiting difference places I truly never knew existed, and I have lived in Iowa my entire life! My favorite is kayakking the Maquoketa River! Spend all day with your family going down a calm, safe, quiet river, pack a lunch a snacks – and have a great time!

 

Maquoketa Caves State Park
Maquoketa

Traverse the park's six miles of trails to explore 13 caves naturally decorated by white stalactites and stalagmites. Beautiful in summer sun or blanketed in snow, the park is open year-round. The caves are open April-October.

High Trestle Trail
Madrid

This isn't just a bike trail - it's an architectural marvel. The main feature is the trail bridge that runs through a canopy of angular metal beams and lights up at night. Several family-friendly establishments along the 25-mile route offer refreshing stretch breaks.

Chimney Rock Park
Cresco

Paddle down the Upper Iowa River to see giant limestone formations rise above you. At the end of your scenic float, camp out in the 17-acre park. Kayak and canoe rentals are available.

Preparation Canyon State Park
Loess Hills, Moorhead

You'll marvel at the prairie grass trails that lead you to 10 hike-in campsites. This park has 344 acres of almost-untouched land where you can encounter wildlife. And the view of the stars at night can't be beat!

 

And not to be left out – National Mounument Effigy Mounds  http://www.nps.gov/efmo/planyourvisit/index.htm

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