Newton is a city in Central Iowa.
Newton used to be a company town, hosting the Maytag Corporation's headquarters. Maytag was famous for its high-quality washing machines. In 2007 Whirlpool bought Maytag and promptly closed it down. As a result, Newton has fallen on hard times in recent years and was even featured in a television documentary about the recession at the end of October 2010. Nevertheless, Newton remains a pleasant place to visit with friendly locals who will be glad of your business.
Newton Convention and Visitors Bureau, 113 1st Avenue West, Newton, Iowa 50208. 1-800-798-0299. 
Newton is just off I80-E, 36 miles east of Des Moines. For those without a car, Checkered Flag taxi will take you from Des Moines to Newton for around $70 (641-791-7777).
The centre of Newton is small enough to walk around.
The Iowa Speedway will suit petrolheads.
Maytag blue cheese is the local speciality.
There are no notable eateries in Newton but major fast food chains are represented. Panda Garden on the main square does a cheap (under US$10) buffet.
Holiday Inn Express is right in the centre of town next to the former HQ of the Maytag Corporation (now owned by a telecoms company). Reliable chain fare with clean comfortable rooms. 208 W 4th St N, Newton, IA 50208 877-859-5095.