Cozy Winter Getaways

Don't save all of your travels for summer - loads of Iowa attractions are open during the winter. Now is the perfect time for watching eagles, sipping coffee and shopping local. Check out these cozy itineraries from the editors of Midwest Living.

 

Cozy Up in NORTHEAST IOWA
Northeast Iowa is known for its breathtaking views of beautiful bluffs and scenic valleys, but this region is rich in art and culture, too. This also is where the state’s celebrity bald eagle family makes its home. You'll start in Waterloo's museum district, travel to the charming town of Decorah and end in family-friendly Dubuque.

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Trip Ideal For: Kids of all ages, history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts

 

Cozy Up in DES MOINES' EAST VILLAGE
Make your way to the East Village of Des Moines for a weekend getaway with everything you need within a few city blocks. Saved from the wrecking ball about 10 years ago, the 150-year-old area now known as the East Village houses one-of-a-kind shops. Radiating out from the capitol, the thriving area draws people with its history, charm and personality-laden shops.

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Trip Ideal For: Girls' weekends, antique seekers, history buffs

 

Cozy Up in DOWNTOWN DES MOINES
Downtown Des Moines brings you to one of the strongest concentrations of culture—arts, history, sports, dining or otherwise—in the state. Child, teen or grown-up, there is something for everyone in the center of Iowa. West of the river, downtown stretches to the Western Gateway Park where world-class sculptures command attention.

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Trip Ideal For: Families with older kids, artistic souls

 

Cozy Up in the CEDAR VALLEY
Though Iowa City owes a lot of its culture to the fact that it’s home to the University of Iowa, the vibrant downtown means there are twice as many attractions. The town also makes a great jumping off point for other destinations: Within a half-hour drive, the Amana Colonies’ historical streets are lined with shops and restaurants and Cedar Rapids has worldly finds and global cuisine.

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Trip Ideal For: Romantic weekends, history buffs, families with older kids

 

Cozy Up in NORTHWEST IOWA
The cold shouldn't deter you from the Ice Cream Capital of the World. Start with the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum and then extend your trip to other Northwest Iowa locations, including the Grotto of the Redemption, Santa Maria Winery and a host of Sioux City's museums.

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Trip Ideal For: Families, groups, art and culture enthusiasts


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