The Feeshko, Diggity, The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong and I drove down to Iowa for the Fourth of July Weekend, which includes the birthday of American independence, and even bigger than that, the birthday of ME. It was an impromptu visit, motivated by an auto accident in which my dad was involved. He was very lucky to have escaped it with only minor injuries.

Today, I set out on my bike in search of the face pareidolias of Iowa, but I found so much more. I found so much stuff that I was able to create this Chamber of Commerce-like tourist brochure. In fact, I found so much stuff that I’m going to have to divide the brochure into three separate posts. Today’s post will concentrate on the cultural features of the region and the things that make Northeast Iowa a great place to call home.

Part Two will focus on the great outdoors and other tourist attractions. Part Three will be geared toward the amazing variety of wildlife that can be found in this glorious wonderland.


Here are some of the wonderful things visitors to this area can look forward to:

World-class shopping at such fine boutiques as Bargain House and Goodwill.

I’m a smart shopper, that’s for sure.

Fine dining that will satisfy even the most sophisticated of taste buds.

Romantic places to enjoy an after-dinner drink or two (or 10.)

Some of the world’s finest hotels.

Modern housing is available for people who’d like to settle down in Northeast Iowa permanently.

The fine art of rural architecture.

Northeast Iowa has some of the finest academic institutions in the U.S.

If you’re looking to fly in or out of Iowa, well, it can be done.

And there is also the ultimate in high-speed rail transportation — sometimes called the Iowa Bullet Train.

The Parks System is THE BEST!

Including crystal clear lakes for swimming, boating and fishing.

And if your goal is to find faces, you can find no better place for it than the small towns of N.E. Iowa.



  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 4, 2021

    Glad your dad had only minor injuries!
    Ma and PA’s diner looks almost exactly like one we stopped in in IA on our way to Boone and an Oldsmobile Show. Great food, and unbelievably low prices.
    Great photos of the true heartland of America — we like Iowa — your friends in Illinois. 🙂
    And . . . . Happy Birthday, hope it was a great one!

  2. By: NancyG Posted: July 4, 2021

    That face of Iowa is unparalleled!!! Great teeth.

    Who knew there were so many high fallutin (my dad’s word but I don’t know spelling of it) places in little ol’ Iowa! Great brochure highlights them very well, especially the parks system.

    • By: Scooter Posted: July 4, 2021

      I love the look of that Ma and Pop diner. I swore years ago that I’d never bike across Iowa again, but I may have to reconsider.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: July 4, 2021

    Thanks for the tour, Greg. I’ve ridden across Iowa three times – I actually really enjoyed all three of those crossings. And I stayed in some fine hotels just like the one pictured 🙂 The dead towns weren’t a highlight, but the good state park system and the super-friendly people that were almost all courteous on the road were very positive attributes. RAGBRAI has made the people of IA very bike aware for the most part.

    And the NIDA in Oz is very prestigious – all the good actors went there. Good to see the outpost in IA, lol. Here is our NIDA:

    Glad your dad is okay!

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: July 5, 2021

    Happy Birthday!
    Glad your dad is okay, and a nice tour of HIS TOWN. A wonderful face, too.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: July 5, 2021

    Give me decrepitude with character before a shiny glass and concrete Las Vegas clone any day.

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