IOWA’S Driftless Area Northeast Iowa

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The outdoor oasis of northeast Iowa boasts stunning limestone bluffs, flowing rivers and winding scenic byways. Explore with your canoe and fishing pole, or take the thrill-seeking up a notch at one of Iowa’s whitewater parks. Explore Decorah’s small-town vibe, the excitement of Waterloo and Cedar Falls, or take in the view from the top of Fenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque.

The Driftless is best known for:

Interstates and Highways


ALO Waterloo Regional Airport
DBQ Dubuque Regional Airport

Hours Away From:

Minneapolis, 2.75 hours away
Madison, 3 hours away
Rockford, 3.75 hours away
Milwaukee, 4 hours away

See Iowa from a Whole New Perspective

Whether you're seeking rest and relaxation, outdoor exploration or family adventures, the opportunities are endless.