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Iowa’s Unique Scenic Byway


What landform is found only in a small part of Iowa and in China? If you answered, “Huh?” you need to ride the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway on Iowa’s western border. You will enjoy a peaceful ride through hills up to 200 feet high. Loess (pronounced luss) is fine-grained, loosely compacted silt laid down by the wind during the ...

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Great Motorcycle Roads: Iowa Byways

Iowa Motorcycle Roads: Iowa's Byways

story and photography by Susan Benton [Great Motorcycle Roads: Iowa Byways originally appeared in the August 2010 issue of Rider magazine] A perfect day trip or weekend destination for riders from Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison and Des Moines is Dubuque, Iowa. The city is located on the Mississippi River, on the Iowaborder with Illinois and Wisconsin, and not far from Minnesota. ...

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Iowa Motorcycle Rides: Discovering America’s Heartland


story and photography by Susan Benton [Iowa Motorcycle Rides: Discovering America’s Heartland was first published as a Favorite Ride in the March 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Although Iowa probably isn’t on your short list of places to ride, it has a prairie beauty all its own. If you really want to get away from it all, take a day ...

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Day-Tripping on the Lincoln Highway in Iowa


Early in the last century, one highway paved the way—literally and figuratively—for the roads we enjoy today. More patchwork quilt than a continuous ribbon, it was stitched together from existing roads to create a route from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Although it existed officially for only 15 years, the “Father Road” is ...

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Following the Great River Road in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois


Thousands of years ago the glaciers swept across the upper Midwest like a giant bulldozer, flattening everything in their path. Fortunately they missed a small geographic area in northeast Iowa, southwest Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois. This area, known as the Paleozoic Plateau or Driftless Area, was untouched by the last Ice Age glaciation. Narrow valleys with steep sides characterize northeastern ...

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