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  • Buddy Holly Crash Site

    Buddy Holly Crash Site

    Clear Lake, Iowa

    Corn field where the pioneer rocker with the geek glasses and hiccup-y voice met an early end, along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

  • Surf Ballroom: Buddy Holly's Last Gig

    Surf Ballroom: Buddy Holly's Last Gig

    Clear Lake, Iowa

    Preserved as 1959 site of the last performance of rockers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, before their plane crashed nearby.

  • Matchstick Marvels Museum

    Matchstick Marvels Museum

    Gladbrook, Iowa

    Pat Acton builds impressively-detailed, giant models of buildings, spaceships, whatever, out of hundreds of thousands of wooden matchsticks.

  • Sistine Chapel in Spray Paint

    Sistine Chapel in Spray Paint

    Waterloo, Iowa

    Michelangelo's masterpiece rendered in spray paint covers the ceilings and walls of an Italian restaurant.

  • Field of Dreams

    Field of Dreams

    Dyersville, Iowa

    Hollywood's baseball tourist attraction in Iowa: the cornfield ballfield created for the Kevin Costner movie.

  • John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum

    John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum

    Waterloo, Iowa

    Crops don't stand a chance against the mechanical prowess of the John Deere tractor.

Top Rated Attractions

  • Grotto of the Redemption

    Grotto of the Redemption

    West Bend, Iowa

    A priest promised the Virgin Mary he'd build a wondrous shrine if pneumonia didn't kill him. It didn't, and he did.

  • Albert the Bull

    Albert the Bull

    Audubon, Iowa

    Albert is a 45-ton, 30-foot-tall concrete replica of the perfect Hereford bull. Push a button and he'll tell you his story.

  • Spook Cave: Underground Boat Tour

    Spook Cave: Underground Boat Tour

    McGregor, Iowa

    All-boat, all underground tour. Relax, but don't ignore warnings to duck.

  • Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

    Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

    Riverside, Iowa

    A prescient bit of civic speculation for Riverside's future son and Star Trek's original starship captain. Look for the Enterprise replica and other Trek themed fun.

  • Snake Alley - A Very Crooked Street

    Snake Alley - A Very Crooked Street

    Burlington, Iowa

    A combatant in the World's Crookedest Street battle, in an unexpected place. No traffic back-ups to drive down Snake Alley, unlike San Francisco's more famous crooked street.

  • Castles of Ida Grove

    Castles of Ida Grove

    Ida Grove, Iowa

    Byron LeRoy Godbersen, the most powerful man in Ida Grove, built castles all over town -- and had his employees build a half-scale replica of the H.M.S. Bounty as well.

  • Trinity Heights: Giant Jesus and Mary

    Trinity Heights: Giant Jesus and Mary

    Sioux City, Iowa

    Towering metal Mary and Jesus, wooden Last Supper, and the Lord created from burlap bags. Sacred Art from household materials!

  • World's Largest Strawberry

    World's Largest Strawberry

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    This town has erected a big statue, atop a pole, of its namesake.

  • Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum

    Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum

    Villisca, Iowa

    A still-unknown maniac axed the family in this house in 1912. Visitors can tour it, or sleep over if they're feeling fearless. Now heated!

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