Northeast Iowa is a primarily rural area, the largest city being Waterloo. It is noted for its scenic beauty, with the Mississippi River valley forming its eastern boundary with Wisconsin and Illinois, and the wooded hills and bluffs of the
Driftless Area forming a stark contrast with the relatively flat landscape that characterizes much of the rest of the state. Caves and springs are plentiful here, and the numerous cold-water streams are the only waters in the state that can support trout, both native brook and stocked rainbow and browns.
Field of Dreams, Dyersville, . Various Websites. Considered one of baseball's most-treasured landmarks. The field is the same used in the film, "Field of Dreams," nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Film of the Year of 1989. The film, based upon W.P. Kinsella's book "Shoeless Joe," starred Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones. The field is owned by two families amid much controversy. Various events, including baseball and softball games, take place on the field at various times during the year. Approximately 65 mi (105 km) due east of Waterloo via U.S. Hwy 20.Free. edit
Montauk Historic Governor's Home, Clermont (US-18 between West Union and Postville), ☎ +1 563 423-7173 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Memorial Day-31 Oct Noon-4PM daily and by appt. Home of Iowa's 12th governor, William Larrabee, the house was built in 1874 and all furnishings are original. Listed on National Register of Historic Places. The entire town of Clermon has historical buildings seen by guided tours. Clermont Festival Days, Fall Foliage Festival and Christmas Open House and Teas are offered during the year.Free. edit
Spillville. A Czech community built along the Turkey River, it was a summer home for 19th century composer Anton Dvorak during his time as conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Besides Dvorak memorabilia, a museum of hand-carved animated clocks by the bachelor-farmer Bily brothers is a regional attraction.edit
Decorah. The center of an area of intense immigration toward the entire Upper Midwest in the late 19th century, it is home to Luther College, the Norwegian-American Historical Association, summer canoeing on the scenic Upper Iowa River, hiking trails through the river bluffs. Nordic Fest in the summer (replacing the earlier celebration of Norwegian independence on the Settenden Mai (17 May) celebrates the area's Scandinavian [and other] heritage, and locals may append "son" to the end of their family name for the week.edit