Iowa's National Historic Landmarks

Iowa’s rich history is preserved in the state’s 25 National Historic Landmarks. Step back in time and discover Iowa’s origins, as well as the role the state played in the history of our nation.


Getaways That Will Go Down in History

Iowa is rich in history – and here are just a few of the places where you can see it in person. Immerse yourself in historic villages and museums that celebrate yesteryear. Then stay the night (or two or three) in one of the many lovingly restored turn-of-the-century accommodations located around Iowa.


When it comes to history, Council Bluffs isn’t bluffing. This city features a plethora of historical museums and stops. Take a day to explore the unique Squirrel Cage Jail and learn about Iowa’s role in the first transcontinental railroad. And, of course, no trip would be complete without following the footsteps of Lewis & Clark.

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Antique enthusiasts and history buffs alike will be in seventh heaven when they travel to Corning & Adams Counties. That’s because these Iowa counties are full of antiques, historical museums and cultural stops. Be sure to visit the French Icarian Village, which celebrates the ancestry of French immigrants who moved to Iowa.

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They’ve hosted presidents, celebrities, weddings and thousands of travelers for generations. They grace their communities with stunning architecture, outstanding food and grand elegance. They are Iowa’s historic hotels.

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