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Top Day Trips in Iowa

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Iowa sure does get a bad rap when it comes to other states claiming they are more exciting and beautiful than our state. We know better and with the help of, here are the ‘Top Day Trips in Iowa’

Backbone State Park

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Iowa DNR

Starting close to the Cedar Valley with Backbone State Park. With hiking trails galore, camping accommodations, cycling trails and roads, swimming beach, picnic areas, rock climbing and fishing holes, Backbone is a great day trip from the Cedar Valley. Nestled in the woods just outside of Strawberry Point and Dundee this oasis is perfect for the entire family or a romantic weekend getaway. If you’ve never escaped to Backbone, you’re missing out.

YMCA Union Park in Dubuque

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Driving just east of Backbone State Park and around 90 minutes from the Cedar Valley is the most exhilarating day trip we found. It’s the Sky Tours Zipline that gets the blood pumping. The zipline tour includes 9 different ‘zips’ that takes 2 1/2 hours to complete. So put fear aside and strap on the harness, this day trip is all about the rush.

What Cheer Flea Market

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Google Maps

Although the dates of operation are few, this flea market is one of the largest in Iowa. Over 350 vendors, antiques, collectibles and more, you are sure to find that crazy piece for your house or your collection here. Up-cycled to one-of-a-kind pieces from all over Iowa, the midwest and the entire U.S. It’s only open 9 days a year (3 weekends a year), so CLICK here to see dates, directions and times.

There are a ton more places for you to visit in Iowa. We suggest the following sites to plan your next day trip adventure Iowa.

If it’s time to get out of town, and we all know we need it every once in a while, then toss the kids in the car and enjoy your state.


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