IOWA. We Minnesotans joke about our neighbor to the south.
“What’s in Iowa?”
“Why would you ever want to go there?”
Well, my fellow Minnesotans and anyone who has ever shunned Iowa, there are many reasons to visit this Midwestern state. Iowa is about much more than the slogan, “Fields of Opportunities,” bannered on a Welcome to Iowa sign as you cross the border aiming south.
Yes, you will see an abundance of endless fields and lots of barns. Northeastern Iowa is even designated a Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area celebrating agriculture. But you’ll also discover charming river towns and other interesting attractions, too.
We’ll start our journey off Interstate 35 just across the border in Mason City, home of my friend, Beth Ann Chiles, who blogs at It’s Just Life. Beth Ann welcomed my husband and me into her northeastern Iowa community, touring us around town on a hot and steamy August Sunday afternoon. Yes, we were practically dripping sweat. But, it was a great tour and a wonderful day and overnight spent with a friend whom I cherish.
Here’s a sneak peek from my visit to Mason City:
Check back for a closer look at these attractions as we tour Mason City before journeying toward the eastern border of Iowa.
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