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Maharishi University/Fairfield, IA

The best term I’ve heard to describe Fairfield and the Maharishi University is “cognitive dissonance.” Drive into the downtown and you’ll find gorgeous Victorian-era homes, a red stone courthouse with clock tower, and a central park with a gazebo out… Continue Reading →

U of Iowa Natural History Museum & Old Capital

The University of Iowa Natural History Museum is of the satisfying old-school variety. It feels like what natural history museum should. Founded in the 1850s, the collection contains many unique and exotic species and are are housed in a graceful… Continue Reading →

Iowa City/Cedar Rapids

On our recent trip to Iowa, we had a few set locations we had planned to visit: The Maharishi University, Devonian Fossil Gorge, and the U of I Natural History Museum. But there was still plenty of time to wander… Continue Reading →

Lake Macbride State Park

Located between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, the Lake Macbride State Park offers hiking, fishing, boat rentals and a very clean and attractive beach. Unlike Wisconsin, the parks are also free. An excellent natural area to stop and stretch your… Continue Reading →

Devonian Fossil Gorge

The Devonian Fossil Gorge was exposed after two major, catastrophic floods in central Iowa (’93 and 2008). The torrential flows of water exposed an area of fossilized sea bed from the Devonian era (375 million year ago – give or… Continue Reading →

Mines of Spain Recreational Area

If you’re heading past Dubuque and into Iowa, the Mines of Spain Recreational Area is a great stop-off to stretch your legs. It offers a wonderful vista of the Mississippi River, along with many pleasant, winding paths to hike on…. Continue Reading →

Maquoketa Caves State Park (Iowa)

The Maquoketa Caves are worth the long schlep from Madison. Trails wind up and down rocky cliffs, underground and over bridges in this marvelous state park. On a hot summer day, the cool caves, greenery and streams are particularly nice…. Continue Reading →

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