Find the best place to stay — Iowa

Where to stay around Iowa?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 525 vacation rentals near Iowa. From 202 houses to 121 cabins, 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: 173 vacation rentals
  • Des Moines: 37 vacation rentals
  • Dubuque: 246 vacation rentals
  • West Okoboji Lake: 172 vacation rentals
  • Clear Lake: 41 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: 173 rentals
  • Des Moines: 37 rentals
  • Dubuque: 246 rentals
  • Clear Lake: 41 rentals
  • Iowa City: 23 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:

  • Des Moines International Airport (DSM): 34 vacation rentals
  • Cedar Rapids Airport (CID): 33 vacation rentals
  • Keokuk Municipal Airport (EOK): 54 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:

  • Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center: 15 rentals
  • Saylorville Lake: 34 rentals
  • Buffalo Bill Museum: 17 rentals
  • Lake Manawa State Park: 93 rentals
  • 801 Grand: 33 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.

Iowanna visit the Midwest

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 waterparks, 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.

Have fun the Io-way

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, waterparks, or aquariums. A day at one of Iowa's lakes or afternoon at a farmers' market is a crowd-pleasing option as well.

A cornucopia of attractions

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.

Four seasoned travelers

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.

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.