2020 will see the first ever MBL (Major League Baseball) game played in Iowa. Iowa doesn’t HAVE any MBL teams, BUT it does have the Field of Dreams, which is a pretty famous baseball diamond, made famous from the 1989 movie staring Kevin Costner. The movie site is located in Dyersville, 30 minutes away from Dubuque. ‘If you build it, they’ll come’, here are some top things to do in Dyersville.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not being nasty, this is a light hearted post about some of the observations I’ve had as an expat over things that are said and done that make me cringe because they mean something different in the UK! We’ve all heard of cultural faux pas, they are bound to happen regardless of how well you know a culture, there’ll always be little things that mean something else in a different country/language. I know myself of a few words that I’ve said while in the States that mean nothing bad in British English but in the US, I’ve been met with gasps. It happens! We’re all humans after all!
So there’s an attraction in the Wisconsin Dells that I’m OBSESSED with, I think it’s brilliant. Wizard Quest is a little like an escape room but it’s described as an interactive fantasy themed scavenger hunt. It’s a completely unique attraction, the first of its kind in the world, and even visiting as adults without kids, we had so much fun and have been back a second time!
As much as I love any sort of hotel stay (yep, even Motel 6, I’m not fussy), it does add an extra element of excitement if the accommodation has a unique aspect to it! I share some of my favourite unique accommodation finds in Iowa, USA!
When planning our road trip through Colorado, we were after a location for a stopover that was just off the Interstate so had our eye on Colorado Springs. After a little bit of searching I discovered Manitou Springs, right next door, gave us the ‘same’ location, only with a more smaller mountain town feel, rather than a larger city.
The Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark, is located in Colorado Springs CO and is completely free to visit. Set at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the main draw of the park is to marvel at the red sandstone rock formations scattered throughout. There are 17 different formations altogether and many different hiking trails totalling 21 miles. The Visitor Centre is a good place to start, you can pick up a free map which is helpful as there isn’t a huge amount of signage out on the trails.
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!