We said IOWA, not Idaho or Ohio! While on assignment as a travel nurse, you'll see what we mean when we say Iowa is more than a "flyover" state. Iowa may lack multiple populous mid-size cities, however, in the handful of growing cities with populations over 100,000, there are strong cultural influences that signify a progressive change towards a lifestyle of arts, music and healthy choices.
There's more than corn fields and hogs.
But you'll still see a lot of corn fields!
"Midwest is Best"
Iowa's largest city, Des Moines (pronounced, "di-ˈmȯin") is accustomed to having its name mispronounced. Experience the city while practicing pronunciation with locals at the sculpture park, farmers' market, Art Center or one of many coffee shops or happy hours. Fun fact: Des Moines is home to Meredith Corporation, publisher of magazines like Better Homes & Garden, Parents, Shape, and FamilyCircle.
If you've seen the movie Cedar Rapids, we have one unfortunate truth: Cedar Rapids was actually filmed in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since the film will be zero help, you'll have to head to Cedar Rapids to experience it for yourself. The second largest city has growing neighborhoods such as Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District with bicycle bars, coffee shops, a city market, screen printing shops and art galleries.