Email response from the Public Relations Manager of the Iowa Division of Tourism
Subject: Iowa information
Date: 23 Sep 97 15:35:07 CDT
Well, I know you didn't want this, but the Governor's office sent your request to me. I know for certain that Gov. Branstad is a big fan of Iowa, but I'm sure we can come up with some good ideas on his behalf. Here are a few thoughts:
Northeast Iowa -- the Great River Road along the Mississippi River offers spectacular views (Pikes Peak State Park, Effigy Mounds National Monument, etc. near McGregor, IA)
Madison County and its bridges - plus lots of great, rolling countryside; and John Wayne's birthplace
Des Moines - the largest city and the center of state govt; see the State Capitol and Terrace Hill which is the Gov's mansion; plus the State Historical Building near the capitol complex; plus lots of other great sites
The Amana Colonies in Eastern Iowa (a German immigrant settlement) or the Danish Windmill and Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn (largest Danish settlement in the US); or there's the Norwegian American Museum in Decorah; and the Czech/Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids -- all these places highlight Iowa's rich ethnic heritage
In West Branch there's Herbert Hoover's birthplace and Presidential library/museum
Plus there are plenty of historic sites and scenic byways to be explored.
Your trip sounds interesting and I'd be glad to help anyway I can. Let me know if there is any other information I can provide. I could even fax you more details on some sites if you'd like. Just let me know and thanks for your interest in Iowa.