Power Up & Wind Down with the Iowa State Fair

Learn about how Iowa is powering up for the future with alternative energy sources while relaxing and taking in the sites in this three-day trip around the state, including a day at the Iowa State Fair.

This getaway is sponsored by the Iowa State Fair, held annually in August.

John Deere Tractor Assembly Plant, Waterloo
Enjoy a narrated trolley tour and see how the famous green tractors are manufactured. The trolley takes you through the complete process until the tractor rolls off the assembly line. Afterwards, shop in the "Deere Crossing" gift shop.

Galleria de Paco, Waterloo
Wind down at the world-famous restaurant with a "Sistine Chapel" ceiling. The artist Paco Rosic created this breathtaking masterpiece using 5,200 cans of spray paint. Dine under the masterpiece on homemade breads, savory soups and scrumptious desserts.

R.E.A. Power Plant Museum, Hampton
The first farmer-owned Rural Electric Cooperative west of the Mississippi was established in 1938. Exhibits show changes in farm life after electric arrived in rural America.

After your tour, head to Des Moines and check in to The Hotel at Prairie Meadows.

Iowa State Fair, Des Moines

Your first stop is Expo Hill, permanent home of the 133-foot wind turbine and MidAmerican Energy Wind Education Center showcasing the state's leadership in renewable energy. The turbine generates enough electric to power all 11 days of the Iowa State Fair!

Meander through Expo Hill's paths that feature solar powered landscape lighting, solar cooled benches and solar powered wi-fi benches. Enjoy a show at the solar powered bandshell.

Wind down as you explore the rest of the Fair's 450 acres. Stop by the Agricultural Building, tour the livestock barns, see the Family Food Center and cool off in the Varied Industries Building. See a show on one of the Fair's five free stages or choose from some of the nation's hottest acts on the Grandstand stage.

Regatta Grille, Storm Lake
Head out early for Storm Lake and enjoy lunch at the town's only lakeside restaurant. The dining room is designed in tiers so every table has a lake view.

Buena Vista County Wind Farm, Storm Lake
Power up and enjoy a self-guided tour of one of the largest wind energy projects in the world. More than 360 turbines sit atop Buffalo Ridge, generating enough power to serve 114,000 households.

Sac City Museum Complex, Sac City
Wind down and see the World's Largest Popcorn Ball. Weighing in at 5,000 pounds, 230 volunteers spent over 12 hours constructing this large mass of popcorn.

King's Pointe Resort, Storm Lake
Return to Storm Lake and check in to King's Pointe Resort, featuring an indoor and outdoor waterpark, lakeside rooms, beach, lighthouse and campgrounds.

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