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Iowa: Beyond the corn

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As a native Iowan I'm here to tell you that there's more than just the world's largest truck stop and vast fields. The heart of the Midwest has just that to offer, heart!
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5300 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320, USA
They say the human nose can distinguish only seven different scents at the same time. I used to believe that until I visited Ewing Park, where more than 1,400 lilac bushes bloom every April. There are 120-some varieties, each with its own distinct...
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3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317, USA
Everything you've heard about the Iowa State Fair is true. The food is huge and fried. There are blue ribbons for the biggest boar, the best yodeler, the grower of the longest beard, the baker of the tastiest cinnamon rolls -- pretty much anything...
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Orange City, IA 51041, USA
If you've ever wanted to see the Midwest at its folksy, small-town finest, there is no better way to do it than RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. What is now the world's oldest and largest non-competitive bike ride...
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1407 S University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011, USA
Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus is a trip in itself...and you don’t even need a passport! This photo could have been taken in France or Italy or Greece, but it is right in the center of the United States. There are rose gardens,...
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11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322, USA
Living History Farms is an open-air museum sort of like Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg, except the focus here is on farming. There is an Ioway Indian village, an 1850 Pioneer farm, a 1900 farm with a big red barn, a chicken coop and so on. (It's...