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About Iowa

Iowa is also known as the Hawkeye State, as a tribute to Indian leader Chief Black Hawk.

The state capital of Iowa is Des Moines.

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Des Moines

Fort Des Moines was built at the junction of the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers by the federal government in 1843.

Two years later the area around the fort was opened to settlers. The towns of East Des Moines and Fort Des Moines were merged as Des Moines in 1857, when the state capital was moved here from Iowa City.

Des Moines is more than thick pork cuts, it is also a major insurance centre; trailing only London and Hartford.

The Amana Trail, off U.S. 151 north-west of Iowa City, takes you through the Amana colonies. The communal lifestyle has sold out to capitalism, but some of the smaller colonies are still interesting.

Travel Iowa :
Iowa sightseeing ranges from historic frontier forts to culturally rich cities, and authentic American farms to Old World charm in places such as Pella and the Amana Colonies.

Travel in Iowa

Iowa is named after the Iowa River, in turn a reference to the Iowa Indians.

States neighbouring Iowa are: Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri.

Iowa State Fair:
Iowa’s largest tourism attraction, the Iowa State Fair inspired the original novel, three motion pictures, plus Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical all named State Fair. Held every August, when some of the country's biggest pork chops come under the knife.

Iowa City

The state capital, until 1857, Iowa City is Iowa's university city and a place of liberalism in a conservative state.

Iowa City is sometimes referred to as the 'all-American town'.

Summer of the Arts:
Find information about the Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Friday Night Concert Series, and The Saturday Night Free Movie Series; four great Iowa City traditions that enjoyed their first season together in the summer of 2006, under a new organization called Summer of the Arts.

Sheraton Iowa City Hotel: Iowa City, Iowa.
210 South Dubuque Street.

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Sheraton Iowa City.

The Sheraton Iowa City Hotel is located in the heart of Iowa City.

Take in an afternoon at one of the sidewalk cafes nearby, and sample the city’s attractions, boutique shops, gourmet dining, and lively performing arts.

Hotel amenities include a bar and grill, indoor pool, whirlpool, and 24-hour fitness room.

Each guest room is equipped with high-speed Internet access, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, cable televisions, desks, hairdryers, iron/ironing board, newspapers, refrigerators, and telephones with voice mail.

Around Iowa

Effigy Mounds National Monument and the picturesque region of Lake Okoboji and Spirit Lake in the north-west are among the most popular attractions in Iowa.

Herbert Hoover:
The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, at West Branch, includes the birthplace and childhood home of America's 31st president.

Living history farms are open to tourists as working museums of how farm life evolved.

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