Log in
There’s more to see...
Sign up to see the rest of what’s here!

"Ests" in Iowa

The biggest, smallest, tallest, crookedest and other 'est' attractions in Iowa.

22 Pins

Le Mars, Iowa: “The Ice Cream Capital of the World.”

Le Mars, Iowa: “The Ice Cream Capital of the World.”

Iowa's (Other) Field of Dreams - All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club (AILTC), Iowa's first (and only) grass tennis court.

Iowa’s (Other) Field of Dreams | Travel Iowa

The tallest hills of their kind in North America, the Loess Hills harbor unique plants and animals, such as Great Plains skinks.

Get a dose of Vitamin D by getting outside. Guest blogger, Lori Foresman-Kirpes, a Naturalist at Polk County Conservation, tells us how to get the most out of our outdoor activities!

In 1954, the Shaw family of Pocahontas started creating the World’s Largest Indian Maiden. Two years later, the 25 foot tall statue was completed. The family still maintains the statue.

This convenience store, gas station, restaurant and more is the world's LARGEST truck stop is located just off Interstate 80. It's four times larger than the average truck stop. A perfect place to grab a snack on a road trip and browse through the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

Iowa 80 Truckstop - World's Largest Truckstop!

Iowa is home to some unique attractions - but how many are the biggest, smallest, tallest and crookedest of their kind? More than you think! Visit all of these locations to go on your own hunt for world records.

The “world’s smallest church,” Saint Anthony of Padua Chapel (12 ft. x 16 ft.), is located in Festina.

St Anthony Of Padua Chapel

The world’s largest golden spike, found in Council Bluffs, was erected in 1939 to mark the eastern terminus of the Union Pacific Railroad. The spike stands 56-feet tall.

Golden Spike Monument

The Living History Farms race in Urbandale is the largest cross-country run in North America. Held annually in November.

Living History Farms Cross Country Race - Off Road

The Wilton Candy Kitchen, the world’s oldest on-going ice cream parlor/soda fountain/confectionery, can be found in Wilton. The sweet shop was established circa 1856.

The Vermeer Mill in Pella is the tallest working (koren molen) grain windmill in the United States. The authentic Dutch windmill towers 124’ from the street to the tip of the sail.

: Iowa Tourism Map, Travel Guide, Things to Do: Travel Iowa

The Higgins Museum in Okoboji is the nation’s largest collection of national bank notes on display in a permanent collection.

: Iowa Tourism Map, Travel Guide, Things to Do: Travel Iowa

Ripley’s Believe It or Not named Burlington’s Snake Alley the Crookedest Street in the World.

: Iowa Tourism Map, Travel Guide, Things to Do: Travel Iowa

Albert the Bull in Audubon is the World’s Largest Bull. Albert was constructed in 1964 and weighs 45 tons, stands 30 feet tall, and spans 15 feet from horn to horn.

Error 404 | Audubon County

Strawberry Point is home to the World’s Largest Strawberry. (The 15-ft. tall fiberglass sculpture was designed by a local ad agency and dedicated in the late 1960s.)

World's Largest Strawberry

Iowa’s Largest Frying Pan resides in Brandon. Modeled after a 10-inch cast iron frying pan, it has an eight-foot base and is 9 ft. 3 inches at the rim. It has a five-foot handle for a total length of 14 foot 3 inches. The pan weighs in at 1,020 pounds.

Iowa's Largest Frying Pan

The Kate Shelley High Bridge on the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad line in Boone is the world’s highest, longest, double track railroad bridge.

Boone County, IA : Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad