Iowa, USA Travel Guide
Iowa Travel Guide: sunset at Five Island Lake, Emmersburg, Iowa
Author: David Morris (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)
Principal Cities of Iowa
Cities in Iowa sorted by population, according to 2009 estimate, rounded to the nearest thousand.
- Des Moines (198,000)
Capital and biggest city in Iowa.
- Cedar Rapids (128,000)
One of the few cities in the world where its governmental offices are on a municipal island.
- Davenport (101,000)
One of the Quad cities along with Bettendorf, Moline, East Moline and Rock Island.
- Sioux City (83,000)
City on the western border of Iowa.
- Iowa City (69,000)
City in central eastern Iowa, and was the first capital city of the state.
- Waterloo (67,000)
City established along the Cedar River.
- Council Bluffs (60,000)
City in southwestern Iowa.
- Dubuque (57,000)
Oldest city in Iowa, established in 1788 by French explorer Julian Dubuque.
- Ames (56,800)
City in the central part of Iowa.
- West Des Moines (56,500)
Second largest city in the Des Moines metropolitan area.
- Ankeny (43,300)
A small city in central Iowa.
- Cedar Falls (38,600)
City within the Cedar Falls-Waterloo metropolitan area.
Places of Interest in Iowa
These are arranged in alphabetical order
- Amana Colonies
Settlement of a German religious sxect that arrived there in the 1850's.
- Living History Farms
An outdoor agricultural museum open from May to October demonstrating the lifestyle in the 18th to early 20th centuries.
National Monuments in Iowa
- Effigy Mounds National Monument
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