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When most people think of Iowa, the first image that pops into their heads is probably something agricultural, such as a farmhouse surrounded by nothing but rolling fields of crops for miles. And there's a reason for that reaction -- agriculture is a leading industry in Iowa, which has more than 97,000 farms.

But Iowa has a lot more to offer than farmland. Its two largest cities, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, offer all the amenities of a large city while retaining their Midwest friendliness and charm. Visitors will find that music and the arts are just as important as agriculture is to the natives.

Despite constant growth, driving across metropolitan Des Moines still takes less than 30 minutes, and a trip from the airport to major convention facilities is less than 10 minutes. 

C O N V E N T I O N   V I S I T O R S   B U R E A U S

The Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site is full of  attractions for visitors to see when in greater Des Moines. You can even choose your own tour of the city, based on your interests. The Web site can be found at

Come to the Quad Cities and discover the Mississippi River’s playground of the Midwest. Located in the heartland of America, the Quad Cities delivers Midwest hospitality at its finest. From the three riverboat casinos, historical attractions, world famous festivals, and arts and entertainment, to a wide range of golf, biking and boating opportunities, the Quad Cities is sure to entertain you.

I O W A    T R A V E L   P L A N N E R
Historical Notes: Following the Civil War, Iowa became the first state in the nation to grant blacks the right to vote in 1868, which became one argument in favor of granting women the same right. In the early 1870s, the state legislature narrowly defeated a constitutional amendment to extend the vote to women, and women didn't gain the right to vote until the 1920 election after the state ratified the 19th Amendment.