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"Ests" in Iowa

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

"Ests" in Iowa

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Strawberry Point, Iowa.

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A visit to Dubuque would not be complete without a trip on what is reputedly the steepest and shortest scenic railway in the world.  The Fenelon Place Elevator is listed in Iowa’s National Register of Historic Places. Located at 512 Fenelon Place, D...

The Fenelon Place Elevator: High Spot of Dubuque

Not only is the new year a time of reflection and goal setting, but it’s also a great opportunity to make plans for adventures in the coming months. Now you can make your 2015 travel plans bigger and better than ever with a bucket list of Iowa’s largest...

Plan a Trip to One of Iowa's Largest Attractions in 2015

World's Strangest Streets: Snake Alley, Burlington, Iowa

World's Strangest Streets

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

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

America's Coolest Music Venues: Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. - via Travel + Leisure

America's Coolest Music Venues

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

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Iowa’s oldest amusement park in Okoboji welcomes thrill-seekers to ARNOLD’S PARK.

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

Gas Station / Garage

755 W I-80 Rd
Walcott , IA

(563) 284-6965

Iowa 80 Truckstop - World's Largest Truckstop!
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Vermeer Mill in Pella is the TALLEST working grain windmill (koren molen) in the United States. The authentic Dutch windmill towers 124 feet from the street to the tip of the sail.

Vermeer Windmill

Other Great Outdoors

Pella Historical Society & Museum - Pella Historical Museum

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


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

Historic Site

2072 9th Ave
Council Bluffs , IA

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

History Museum

11121 Hickman Rd.
Urbandale , IA

(515) 278-5286

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.

Wilton Candy Kitchen

Ice Cream Shop

310 Cedar St
Wilton , IA

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.

Vermeer Windmill

Other Great Outdoors

: 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.

Higgins Money Museum

History Museum

: 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.

Snake Alley

Other Great Outdoors

601 Columbia St
Burlington , IA

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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.

Albert the Bull

Sculpture Garden

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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

Sculpture Garden

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

Monument / Landmark

Main Street
Brandon , IA

Iowa's Largest Frying Pan