May 15, 2018  

8 Weekend Getaways in Iowa with Scenic Escapes and Thriving Main Streets

As a lifelong Iowan, I’m always surprised by visitors who are amazed they can see the stars in the sky. That’s something I totally take for granted but it’s an experience many city dwellers have never had.

My home state is filled with incredible views and beautiful farmland, but some may be surprised to know it’s also a state rich with things to do and see. I spent the first six years of my marketing career working in the tourism industry here in Iowa so I can tell you all about the best places to visit (although it’s tough to choose just a few!).

When you visit Iowa you’ll find the postcard-worthy cornfields, fabulous farmers markets and charming Main Streets you might expect from a Midwestern state, but you’ll also find hip cities with explosive local food scenes and lively entertainment districts. Whether you crave an urban adventure or rural getaway, Iowa really is the best of both worlds. You can get from vibrant city centers to astonishing scenic wonders in a matter of minutes.

When I had the opportunity to guest post over at about my favorite places to visit, I knew it would be a great way to share my love for this state.

Check out my top 8 Iowa weekend getaways!

Enjoy your day!


This post is sponsored by All opinions of this amazing state are 100% my own!

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About the author

Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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