National Scenic Byways

Looking to get away from it all? Sounds like it’s time for a road trip on one of Iowa’s two national scenic byways. There’s no better way to relax and recharge as you wind your way across the state.


Length: 220-mile paved route with 185 miles of optional excursion loops
Location: Western edge of Iowa, from Akron down to Hamburg
What’s not to love about the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway? You’ll get majestic views of these unique geological formations that were created during the last ice age. While other areas around the world have deposits of loess, Iowa is where these deposits are second highest, with only China having deposits that measure higher.
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Length: 328-mile route
Location: Eastern edge of Iowa, along the Mississippi River
World-class vistas, charming river towns and magnificent limestone bluffs are a few of the spectacular sights you’ll view on the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. Along the way, you won’t just see the Mighty Mississippi – you’ll learn the stories behind the river and how it helped build our nation.
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