Welcome to Iowa — The Hawkeye State
Iowa is renowned for its green and cold cornfields between two of the great rivers. Iowa is not all flat, however, as the Loess Hills are a region of tall, grassy ridges along the western fringe of the state. A surprising number of lakes also cover the state, with a multitude of state parks and recreation areas that defy the stereotype of a “dry, heartland state.” Visit the Field of Dreams site or all the Bridges of Madison County. Several scenic byways also include the Cody Trail, the Delaware Crossing, the Glacial Trail Scenic Byway, and the Great River Road Scenic Byway. Explore Iowa destinations by train, by bike, or on foot. The Hawkeye State awaits.
Capital: Des Moines
Largest City: Des Moines
Area: 56,273 square miles
Major Rivers: Big Sioux, Des Moines, Mississippi, Missouri
Elevation: 480 ft at the Mississippi River to 1,670 ft near Sibley, Iowa.
Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
Flower: Wild rose
Motto: Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain
Song: “The Song of Iowa”
State Travel Site: Travel Iowa
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