Sightseeing in Iowa


Admission for Up to Two, Four, or Eight at German American Heritage Center (Up to 65% Off)

German American Heritage Center

German American Heritage Center

Historic building brims with exhibits celebrating the contributions & cultural heritage of German Americans; temporary kaleidoscope exhibit

$10 $4

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Three-Hour Shoot Better Pictures Class, Photo-Editing Class, or Both Classes at J. Johnson Photo (Up to 87% Off)

J. Johnson Photo

J. Johnson Photo

Photo seminars teach how to use the different settings on your camera, or learn to process, retouch, and store digital images

$247 $49

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$15 for a Wine Tasting for Four with Souvenir Glasses at Penoach Vineyard & Winery ($37 Value)

Penoach Vineyard & Winery

Penoach Vineyard & Winery

Wine tasters uncork a bottle of one of Penoach’s wines, such as Farmhouse White or Windmill Red, sipped from a souvenir glass

$37 $15

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Train Ride and Museum Visit for Two or Four at Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum (Up to 45% Off)

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum

Explore Des Moines River Valley from a 1920s locomotive before delving into Iowa’s railway history through the museum’s train exhibits

$56 $32

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six at John Wayne Birthplace (50% Off)

John Wayne Birthplace

Winterset

Birthplace of Oscar-winning actor John Wayne, star of The Searchers and True Grit, features artifacts from his films and life

$14 $7

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six at John Wayne Birthplace (50% Off)

John Wayne Birthplace

Winterset

Birthplace of Oscar-winning actor John Wayne, star of The Searchers and True Grit, features artifacts from his films and life

$14 $7

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  • Blank Park Zoo
    Blank Park Zoo educates the public about the wonders of the wild by re-creating far-flung habitats and ecosystems that house more than 1,000 animals and 104 different species ranging from Siberian tigers to hissing cockroaches. Zookeepers lead chats about animals and offer conservation tips, while exhibits include hands-on feedings that allow humans to go face-to-face or nose-to-beak with hungry giraffes and parakeets. Recent new arrivals welcome curious kids to commiserate with the growing pains and early bedtimes of young wallabies, camels, and seal pups, setting a foundation for learning that may be continued in classes designed for those aged 6 months to 5 years. In addition to raising awareness about the environment, Blank Park Zoo contributes to conservation efforts to preserve the future of native animals and their natural homes. The zoo participates in seven endangered-species breeding programs and donates a portion of admissions proceeds to several different wildlife initiatives.
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    7401 SW 9th Street
    Des Moines, IA US
  • National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
    The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library was named the third-best museum in Cedar Rapids by CityVoters. Eastern Iowa News Now has covered the museum. More than 500 Facebookers are fans.
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    87 16th Avenue Southwest
    Cedar Rapids, IA US
  • Art and More
    Art & More provides a plethora of options for Hawkeyes fans to display their devotion without resorting to elaborate Alan Alda tattoos. Hang a locker-room jersey print on a wall or coat rack ($29.99), or spot yourself in the crowd of the Kinnick Stadium triple-view print ($24.99). Baseball, basketball, and racing fans can find abode adornments at Art & More, as can the non-athletically inclined, with architecture, humor, inspirational, vintage, and movie prints also available. Art & More will custom frame any artwork for an additional fee, saving the trouble of licking the backs of posters before pasting them on envelope-thin walls.
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    320 W Kimberly Rd
    Davenport, IA US
  • Halloween Traditions
    For more than 10 years, The Heart of Darkness has elicited scares from nearly 10,000 visitors every Halloween season with one of the largest haunts in Iowa. People from across the country and ghosts studying abroad brave nine separately themed areas on the terror-infested grounds, from a haunted playground to a maniacal-clown asylum. Each section crawls with grotesque creatures. A living scarecrow swipes at guests with a rusted sickle, causing them to flee right into the padded cell of Crispy, a demented arsonist whose victims gave him a taste of his own medicine by scorching his skin. So committed to their duty to terrify, owners Kevin and Dolly Schults are affectionately known as The Halloween Family, as detailed on a 2009 episode of ABC's Wife Swap. Outside their spooky corridors, the Schults reward survivors with concession stands, a live DJ, and a photo booth that snapped the pictures Crispy uses for his online-dating profile.
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    5111 Osage Rd
    Waterloo, IA US
  • Advanced Air Incorporated
    Give Advanced Air Incorporated an hour of your time, and their instructors can give you the power of flight. Their training aircraft climbs high above Council Bluffs, where the airport's 656 acres start to look like the world's most realistic Lego set. The instructor hands over the controls, and novices take charge of a plane for the very fist time. The experience is known as a Discovery Flight, and it's a fitting name. That short time in the air can plant the seeds for a lifelong hobby, or perhaps even a career. The journey to private or commercial licenses begins in ground school, but skills solidify once on Council Bluffs Airport's runways. CBA offers new pilots an ideal location. The airport lies close to Class C airspace, so new fliers begin communicating with air traffic controllers right away. Here, Advanced Air Incorporated's instructors have led many pupils to success; their website's home page brims with words of congratulations for new fliers or pilots who have gained instrument ratings and advanced certifications. These students don't set their autopilot to fly off into the sunset. Advanced Air Incorporated keeps pilots around with a rental fleet of 10 aircraft, including Cessna and Piper models. The maintenance team also works on privately owned planes.
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    16801 McCandless Ln
    Council Bluffs, IA US
  • Snus Hill Winery
    For four generations, the Larson family has farmed the verdant parcel of land where Snus Hill Winery now sits, carrying on and improving upon the traditions of their Swedish immigrant ancestors who settled there back in 1878. From their American and French?style grapes, they've crafted a wide variety of award-winning wines, some of which are lovingly named for their beloved cats??and all of which wear the face of a feline on the label. Red, white, ros?, and even dessert and specialty wines create a well-rounded portfolio of varietals, from the bone-dry cabernet sauvignon the Whisker White, with notes of pineapple, mango, and graceful indifference.
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    2183 320th St
    Madrid, IA US
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