I didn’t really know too much about Iowa before moving here. As a British person it’s not exactly a destination that gets any marketing in the UK. So of course I went into research mode. Hunting out cool things to do, roadside attractions and places that should be on an Iowa bucket list!
American Football is the most popular sport in the USA…and I don’t understand it. Not in the sense of how can people like watching football, but more of trying to follow the game play. I get completely lost! I was recently invited to Ames, Iowa to watch the Iowa State Cyclones play the Texas Longhorns. It was my first college football game and even with help from the people around me, I still walked away a little clueless! So here are some lighthearted observations from a British person trying to understand American Football for the first time!
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!
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!
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!
The Hotel Grinnell in Grinnell Iowa, is located in what was a former junior high school building that dates back to 1921. The school was in operation until the late 1970’s but has now been transformed into a modern hotel with 43 bedrooms and suites, a restaurant and bar, a ballroom and a theatre!