Iowa is located in the Midwest of the United States of America. It is known for its flat plains, farmland, and friendly folk. If you road trip across the United States, Iowa is likely a place you'll drive through.
Des Moines, the capital city, is located in the center of Iowa. As the largest Iowan city, it has the most to do. Adventureland is an amusement park open in the summer with rides for everyone from young children to wild thrill seekers, plus a water park as an opportunity to cool off. Downtown Des Moines offers sculpture parks, coffee shops, bars, and a small number of restaurants and retail establishments.
The urban area is completely opposite of the rest of the state, which is mostly rural and specializes in growing corn and soybeans. Even in these parts, you may not find hostels, but you're still bound to find a few gems. The most popular attraction in Iowa is the Amana Colonies, a group of people dedicated to simple living.
Western Iowa borders Nebraska, separated by the Missouri River. If you visit the city of Council Bluffs, you can walk across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge into Omaha, Nebraska. A line painted down the center of the bridge even allows you to be in two places at once!
To the east, you can find some fun roadside attractions. Traveling Trekkies will appreciate seeing Captain Kirk's Future Birthplace in Riverside. There is a marker memorializing where they anticipate him being born in the year 2228, as well as a gift shop with special souvenirs about the town and the Star Trek series. They even have a large model of their very own USS Riverside. A casino is also located just outside of this town.
In the town of Eldon, they don't have any hostels, but they do have the American Gothic House. This farm house was the backdrop of the famous painting by Grant Wood, and you can even dress up and take a snapshot to re-create the art piece.
Ames is a city that you may visit if considering colleges, as it is the home of Iowa State University. Since college towns usually have businesses and services that appeal to budget travelers as well, you may want to stop here even if you're not pursuing further education.
Hostels in Iowa are very limited, since there aren't big cities or tourist attractions to support the hostel industry. However, prices in Iowa tend to be pretty low compared to other US states, which will certainly appeal to your wallet!
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