Ames Iowa is located around 30 miles north of Des Moines and is home to Iowa State University, one of the 3 universities that can be found in Iowa! It’s very much a ‘college town’ with a huge amount of pride and sense of community. Ames was recently named the best college town in America by 24/7 Wall St!
There’s no escaping the fact that the Midwest experiences pretty cold winter temperatures and most people’s reactions is to escape and fly south for some much needed winter sun! However, despite the cold and snow, some great winter adventures can be had in the Midwest! I called on some of my Midwest travel blogger friends to share some of their favourite Midwest winter getaways! Whether you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors, or keep warm with fun indoor attractions, I think we’ve got you covered!
Grinnell is located just off the I-80 in Iowa, an hour away from Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City! It’s a little college town and I spent a couple of days exploring, just before school was ‘back in season’! So here are my top 10 things to do in Grinnell Iowa!
For the past 12 years, I have worn a watch every. single. day. This goes back to when I signed up to work on a summer camp and a watch was one of the requirements. I honestly think my arm would feel naked if I didn’t wear one now and I couldn’t imagine not having the time right there on my wrist! My latest watch is a Walnut and Midnight Blue ‘Cora Polaris’ wood watch by JORD. This unique timepiece has some really cool features, I share 6 things that I love about my JORD wooden watch below!
I spend all week working with children so not being funny, during my time off, I appreciate adult time! I was slightly worried that staying at a big family resort in the Wisconsin Dells it may be over run with kids and not suitable for adults, but it was OK! In this Wisconsin Dells for adults guide, I share with you some of the tips and tricks and things to do in Wisconsin Dells for adults!
Something that surprised me was the amount of caves there are in Iowa! There’s a stereotypical assumption that Iowa is flat and just full of corn fields, so discovering that there were caves was an interesting find. In this post I share 3 cave locations that can be found in East Iowa which all offer completely different experiences!
I’ve been river tubing in Iowa several times now. You literally grab a rubber ring and go floating down a river for a couple of hours. But did you know that Iowa is home to 2 whitewater parks that are completely free to visit? There’s one in Charles City and a second in Manchester! The area surrounding the Manchester Water Park has recently been renovated and makes for a fun afternoon adventure!