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The Best Iowa Travel Books

Traveling across the state of Iowa is a passion of mine. With more than 100 things to do, there’s always an adventure around every corner.

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These four Iowa travel books are some of the best and you need them in the glove box of your car. The best Iowa travel books are easy to read and offer intriguing information.

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100 Things To Do In Iowa Before You Die

My book, 100 Things To Do In Iowa Before You Die is the perfect Iowa travel guide. It’s the perfect size for your purse, backpack, or the glove box in your car.

Sara Broers
Sara Broers Iowa Author

The book is easy to read, as each of the 100 things is short, sweet, and to the point. I challenge you to explore Iowa and check off all 100 things.

You can purchase 100 Things To do In Iowa Before You Die on Amazon, Reedy Press, Barnes & Noble, and your local independent book store.

Secret Iowa

Do you love a good roadside attraction that everyone loves to talk about? Secret Iowa is written by Megan Bannister of Des Moines. The quirkiness in this books makes it one of the best Iowa travel books to stow in your car.

Megan Bannister
Secret Iowa Book

Some claim there’s nothing to see in flyover country. But take a closer look and you’ll discover that Iowa is home to more than just cornfields. In fact, across the Hawkeye State you’ll encounter hidden gems and secret spots abound. Dive in and discover the state’s offbeat history and quirky places through Secret Iowa: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Set course for larger-than-life attractions like Albert the Bull, the World’s Largest Strawberry, and the Grotto of the Redemption. Learn more about Grant Wood’s connection to Iowa by visiting his former home and studio, or travel through time and space to the place where StarTrek’s Captain James T. Kirk will be born in 2233. Even at some of the state’s most well-known places, you’ll discover hidden histories and unique stories that are not often shared.

Megan Bannister Iowa Author

Local author and travel writer Megan Bannister uncovered some of the state’s wackiest attractions to guide your adventure around Iowa. Buckle up, fill up your tank and get ready for an offbeat road trip full of the state’s best kept secrets. Pick up your copy wherever books are sold, including by visiting SecretIowa.com.

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100 Things To Do In Des Moines Before You Die

Iowa’s capital city is featured in Erin Huiatt’s book, 100 Things To Do In Des Moines Before You Die.

Erin Huiatt

Nestled smack dab in the center of the Midwest where two of the longest interstates in America meet sits Des Moines. Iowa’s capital city offers a small town feel with big city fun, with a great food scene, local breweries that welcome your four-legged friends, miles of bike trails with beautiful scenery, and tons of art and history. 100 Things to Do in Des Moines Before You Die will help guide you to all the fun places to play, explore, learn, and eat in this community-driven city.

100 Things To do In Des Moines Before You Die

Skate around at the largest open skatepark in the nation. Take a tour of the only five-domed capitol in the United States. Feast on steak at a Des Moines chophouse, but don’t forget to kick off your day with a hearty breakfast, where you might just run into Aquaman. Find the best view of the city or navigate miles of the city through temperature-controlled skywalks. Pet an alpaca, then challenge yourself at the state’s largest indoor climbing facility.

Des Moines–raised writer Erin Huiatt shares incredible places to explore in 100 Things to Do in Des Moines Before You Die. Pick an itinerary or create your own using this book full of fun ways to entertain yourself, friends, and families. Pick up your copy wherever books are sold, including by visiting 100thingsdsm.com.

Rural Iowa Sausage

Rural Iowa Sausage – History and Tradition of Brats on the Back Roads by Jay Goodvin is a hot, new Iowa book! The Iowa Gallivant is known for casing the wurst sausages. It’s appropriate that Jay would write this book and make us Iowans proud.

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In the 1970s, there were around 450 local meat lockers throughout the state of Iowa. Today, there are little more than 100 left. Jay showcases the heritage from the old country being passed down by generations of Iowans. This book is fascinating and one that you will want to read. Iowa history comes to life through the story of Iowa sausage.

Rural Iowa Sausage Iowa Author Jay Goodvin

Purchase a copy of Rural Iowa Sausage at Arcadia Publishing. Pick up your copy at a local book store or Barnes & Noble. If you don’t see it on the shelf, ask.

However you choose to spend your time exploring Iowa, I’m sure you will have an incredible time. If you have one of the best travel Iowa books in your hands, I can guarantee you that you will learn something new.

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Sara is a travel enthusiast that resides in North Iowa. You can find her traveling where the plane, train, ship, or car will go. Are you looking to take a road trip? Sara has solutions for you!

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