Destination guide

Experience Iowa in vacation home rentals

If Midwest hospitality is your jam, you'll find it in spades in the Hawkeye State. Whether you're seeking a relaxing retreat in farm country, or the cultural draws of Des Moines and Dubuque, Iowa vacation rentals have you covered. The state's network of well-maintained trails beckon hikers and bikers, while water parks, zoos, museums, aquariums, and botanical gardens offer family fun in the larger cities. For a slice of Americana, visitors of all ages can delight in photo ops at quirky roadside attractions, big-screen filming locations, and the American Gothic house.

History

Historic sites near Iowa vacation rentals

Iowa has unique historic sites to delight the history buff. Vacation homes are available near places like Effigy Mounds National Monument, a scenic archaeological site with miles of trails around Native American ruin sites, Living History Farms, a living history museum that showcases Iowa’s farming history through demonstrations and exhibits, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, a museum and library featuring exhibits related to the president.

Things to do

Attractions near Iowa vacation rentals

Strike a pose at Des Moines' Pappajohn Sculpture Park or the Botanical Garden, or in front of the American Gothic House in Eldon. Channel your inner spelunker at Maquoketa Caves State Park in Jackson County, take a swing at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, or zoom into the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is fit for families in Dubuque. Experience a simpler way of life in the Amana Colonies, seven historic German villages. And whether you're in it for the storybook romance or Instagrammable scenery, there's always some bridges to see in Madison County.

Activities

Things to do near Iowa vacation homes

There are certain things you can only do in Iowa – like stand next to the tallest corn stalk, feast your eyes on the largest strawberry, or pose next to the biggest concrete gnome. If you prefer traveling via two wheels or two boots over road-tripping to offbeat sites, you'll find plenty of trails across the state to keep you moving and grooving. Movie buffs may find certain bridges and baseball fields appealing, while families may set their sights on city or state parks, museums, zoos, water parks, or aquariums. A day at one of Iowa's lakes or afternoon at a farmers' market is a crowd-pleasing option as well.

Weather

Climate during you stay in Iowa vacation homes

From hot, humid summers to cold winters, you can experience all four seasons in Iowa. Brrrr-ing your parka for the winter months as many days will dip below freezing. Vibrant fall colors are on display in September and October. Mother nature can be lively in a different way in the spring and summer, but there's something romantic about watching a thunderstorm on the prairie from the comfort of Iowa vacation rentals, isn't there? You're more likely to snag a steal of a deal on your vacation rental in Iowa's colder months. Don't forget an umbrella if you're visiting between April and August—summer is Iowa's rainiest season.

Natural features

Great plans in the Great Plains

Cornfields? It's not just a rumor. But there's so much more to Iowa's great plains. This Midwestern state is nestled between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and features rolling hills, dense forests, river bluffs, and gleaming lakes, in addition to the peaceful prairies and farmland. In northeast Iowa, steep hills along the Mississippi river feel almost mountain-like. Iowa claims its own brand of Great Lakes in northwestern Iowa, also known as the Okoboji region. The capital, Des Moines, in the center of the state, boasts a couple of skyscrapers in its skyline. From lake areas to mid-sized cities and rural towns, there's a wealth of options for Iowa vacation rentals.

Food and drink

Sample regional cuisine in Iowa

Iowa reflects the culinary traditions of Midwestern cuisine, which includes simple and hearty dishes. Staples of Iowa cuisine include pork, macaroni slaw, apple coleslaw, gazpacho, salmon mousse, cabbage, shrimp yogurt, and citrus desserts. If you want to experience the unique cuisine of Iowa, visit a restaurant or eatery near your vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around Iowa?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 667 vacation rentals near Iowa. From 154 Cabins to 289 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Iowa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Iowa?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Iowa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Okoboji: 201 vacation rentals
  • Des Moines: 59 vacation rentals
  • Clear Lake: 48 vacation rentals
  • Arnolds Park: 198 vacation rentals
  • Dubuque: 274 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Iowa! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Iowa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Iowa:

  • Okoboji: 201 rentals
  • Des Moines: 59 rentals
  • Clear Lake: 48 rentals
  • Arnolds Park: 198 rentals
  • Dubuque: 274 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Iowa?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Iowa are:

  • Iowa City, IA (IOW): 28 vacation rentals
  • Des Moines International Airport (DSM): 55 vacation rentals
  • Davenport, IA (DVN-Davenport Municipal): 26 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Iowa?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Iowa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Saylorville Lake: 65 rentals
  • Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center: 26 rentals
  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park: 55 rentals
  • Buffalo Bill Museum: 29 rentals
  • Lake Manawa State Park: 132 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Iowa listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Iowa

Okoboji
201 vacation rentals
Des Moines
59 vacation rentals
Clear Lake
48 vacation rentals
Arnolds Park
198 vacation rentals
Dubuque
274 vacation rentals
Decorah
44 vacation rentals
Spirit Lake
199 vacation rentals
Iowa City
30 vacation rentals
Cedar Rapids
26 vacation rentals
Davenport
26 vacation rentals
Ames
20 vacation rentals
Council Bluffs
131 vacation rentals
West Des Moines
47 vacation rentals
Lansing
52 vacation rentals
Ankeny
46 vacation rentals
Harpers Ferry
41 vacation rentals
Coralville
22 vacation rentals
Bettendorf
25 vacation rentals
Moravia
30 vacation rentals
Mason City
44 vacation rentals