For people not familiar with the state, Iowa can sound boring. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Iowa has a rich history, and is backed with interesting tourist attractions. If you are passing through Iowa, figuring out what to visit should be easy! Read on for just a couple of suggestions.
Grotto of the Redemption
This shrine is an amazing landmark with a fascinating history. Paul Dobberstein was a young man who became afflicted with serious pneumonia, and it looked like he may not survive. He prayed to the Virgin Mary to save and cure him, and promised in return to build a shrine made of gemstones. Paul recovered from his illness and became a priest afterward, and ended up in West Bend, Iowa in 1898. West Bend is not known for its gemstone mines, so construction of the shrine was not easy. Dobberstein spent 14 years collecting precious stones for his shrine any way he could; mostly rocks dug up by local farmers. After he had enough rocks, he started construction of his massive shrine, sometimes with the help of local workers in exchange for money or beer. The shrine today is a marvel of engineering, all conceived by one man over a span of 42 years. It is a massive grotto covering an entire city block, full of towers and spires, and even tapestries made of coral. If you are having trouble deciding what to visit in Iowa, the Grotto of the Redemption is an excellent choice.
Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum
For a different flavor of interest, the Villisca ax murder house is a good choice. In 1912, the house was invaded by a murderer, and Josiah Moore’s whole family, including the wife and six children under the age of twelve, was killed with an ax. Since then, the house has been a morbid curiosity in the town of Villisca. Visitors to the home can see it returned to a recreation of its state in 1912, with furniture and accouterments typical of the time. Tourists often visit the house because of its tie to the supernatural. Many people who have spent the night in the purportedly haunted dwelling have reported paranormal experiences involving the ghosts of the deceased. If you are looking for an eerie tie to the paranormal, look no further than the ax house in Villisca, Iowa. As you can see, Iowa is far from a boring state.
These are just two of the amazing tourist attractions Iowa has to offer. Finding out what to visit is easy once you know how rich and interesting Iowa’s history is. If giant shrines and murder sites are not of interest to you, look online for more fascinating places of interest that can be found. Iowa has amusement parks, casinos, breweries, wineries, and some of the most robust agricultural centers in the country. In Iowa, there’s something interesting for everyone to experience. Make your trip to Iowa great by visiting one of these attractions.
Nobody really talks about Iowa much. In truth, it’s a state that gets little airplay in America, let alone the rest of the world. While most people who live in Iowa were born there or went there for work, many more are now discovering what an inexpensive paradise it can be. But there are a few things you should now about living in Iowa before you come over. Today we take a look at what those three things are and how you can best prepare for them… or look forward to them!
Remember, this is the Midwest. We get seasons, and we get them hard! While you may like that warm (and sometimes hot) summer now, be prepared for snow tire season come winter. It can get so cold and freezing in Iowa that the roads close and you can’t even go to work or school. But the trick is to think of it as a free snow day to do whatever you want. Curl up by the fireplace with a book, go out with the kids to build a snowman, or brave a lull in the storm to visit your neighbor. Be sure to keep candles and warm blankets, however, as the power can go out frequently.
People Are Super Nice
You’ve probably heard of that laid back Midwestern charm that has made it into the public discourse. If you’ve never been to the Midwest before, then you’re in for a treat. People are so nice here that you may want to know what their ulterior motive is. The best part? There isn’t one! People in Iowa are nice for the sake of being nice… because they enjoy it. When it comes to living in Iowa this is probably the biggest perk. From the moment you move into your new neighborhood, you can count on your neighbors coming by with the welcome wagon and immediately including you in their lives. Iowa loves everyone, and everyone loves Iowa once they give it a chance! Save Money Get ready to save some serious money. Iowa is seen as one of the cheapest states in the Union to live in, and for good reason. Property taxes are down and rents in most places are fairly affordable for full families. The job market fluctuates like in most places, but if you’re coming here with a job already lined up you can be that it will cover more than enough of your expenses. And since so much of Iowa’s food is grown right here, you can get fresh food for half the price you’ll find elsewhere. Everyone wins! Living in Iowa is not for everyone, but for those who want to move to a slower, less expensive life, then Iowa can certainly be the place to be. We hope to see you soon, and we hope to see you bright, happy, and ready to concur what our unique state has to offer you!
Enrollment is now open for the Quad City Chamber of Commerce Federation’s Leadership Academy fall programs. The Academy is offering two courses: ‘Quad City Community Leadership’ and ‘Leadership Essentials.’
‘Quad City Community Leadership’ integrates onsite visits with discussions about available resources, how to get involved, and community issues such as economic development, education, healthcare, government, social agencies and arts/culture. Participants will also hear from community leaders about issues impacting the region. This is a terrific orientation to the bi-state region and ‘big picture’ of the Quad Cities.
‘Leadership Essentials’ helps build leaders by honing strategic and practical skills such as visioning, goal-setting and change management. Participants will be required to work in small groups to better understand an issue impacting the Quad-City region using skills learned during the course. This course is geared toward anyone who wishes to learn or improve leadership skills that apply directly to the workplace as leaders and managers.
New this year, participants of both courses will look at issues raised in Richard Longworth’s book, “Caught in the Middle,” which explores the economic, political and social conditions in the Midwest and how we, as a community, are to survive in this new global economy.
1. Affordable housing
2. Excellent schools
3. Low cost of living
4. Exceptional entertainment
5. Mississippi River
6. Four seasons
7. Close to major metro areas
8. Easy to navigate traffic
9. Friendly people
10. Quality healthcare options