|Subject: Re: Iowa and North Central US Tips|
You are a lucky man to spend fall in Iowa. I spent seven months working on a project in Iowa City and quite enjoyed my time there. If you are a hunter or a college football fan, you will be in hog heaven. It seemed like the entire state shut down when deer season opened or when the Iowa Hawkeyes were playing. If you do like football, I highly recommend a trip to Nile Kinnick Stadium to enjoy the bratwursts and beer and a Big 10 game which is about as good as it gets in college football.
There are however alternative things to do and see if those activities don't happen to appeal to you. You are just about equi- distant from some neat cities to visit. Many weekends I took a trip of no more than five hours to Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis or Kansas City. If you want to explore closer to home, check out the Iowa scenic byways http://www.byways.org/travel/state.html?CX_STATE=IA The drives should be particularly colorful when the leaves change color.
You can also visit the Amana Colonies, a national historic landmark east of Iowa City http://www.iowa-city.com/amanas/welcome/index.html Or check out Frank Lloyd Wright's studio at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. I was surprised to discover that Dubuque is an interesting place. It includes a number of impressive homes with Victorian architecture and Tiffany stained glass windows. It is also a very neat experience to ride a riverboat on the Mighty Mississippi.
And if you are a fan of the movie Field of Dreams, it was filmed in nearby Dyersville, IA and has become a tourist site (though I recommend that you read the book Shoeless Joe by WP Kinsella which is even better than the movie).
Mark Los Angeles