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Browse the best Iowa roadside attractions, tourist traps, road food, and more at Silly America. Plan your next road trip through Iowa and find all the most iconic (and silliest) sites along the way!

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Happy Chef Umpire in Ryan, Iowa

This roadside attraction is a home run. It’s big. It’s fiberglass. It’s repurposed. And it’s wonderful. Meet the Happy Chef Umpire in Ryan, Iowa. Happy Chef was a restaurant chain founded in 1963. It was then that the Frederick Brothers, — Sal, Bob, Bill and Tom — opened the first...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Iowa’s Largest Frying Pan in Brandon, Iowa

Iowa might have a soft spot for supper clubs and fish fries but they also have a bigger fish to fry…and just the frying pan to do it in. This is Iowa’s Largest Frying Pan in Brandon, Iowa. This giant frying pan was built in 2004 to promote Brandon’s popular cowboy breakfast. The...

Albert the Bull - the World's Largest Bull in Audubon, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

The 15 Best Iowa Roadside Attractions

Are you planning an Iowa road trip and want to find all the best Iowa roadside attractions along your route? Whether you’re driving across I-80, taking the Great River Road, or exploring the Historic Hills, you won’t want to miss these fifteen must-see places to go in Iowa. They’re fun...

Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

Working Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa

Why is there a Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa? Elk Horn and nearby Kimballton (home of the Little Mermaid fountain) make up the largest Danish settlement in the United States. In the 1940s the town raised over $30,000 to buy one for themselves and have it shipped over from Denmark. The...

World's Largest Truckstop in Iowa - Iowa 80 Truck stop - roadside attractions in Iowa

Iowa 80: The World’s Largest Truckstop in Iowa

If you’re driving on a road trip on Interstate 80 near the Iowa/Illinois border and find yourself needing gas, there’s only one choice for where to stop: Iowa 80, the world’s largest truckstop. In fact, you should probably stop even if you have a full tank. Because this...

Cheers from Des Moines Mural in Iowa | Iowa Murals in Des Moines | Street Art

Cheers from Des Moines Mural in Iowa

Cheers from Des Moines! I always love a good “greetings from” postcard mural (like these in Chicago and Austin) so I just had to check out this Cheers from Des Moines mural in Iowa while stopping in town on a road trip. The mural, created by artist Ben Schuh, is located on the...

Nomade by artist Jaume Plensa | Figure made from white letters | Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa

Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa

Sculpture parks are always a roadside-attraction lover’s goldmine as they are often packed with weird and wonderful statues from a variety of artists around the world. As such, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa did not disappoint. Pappajohn Sculpture...

The Little Mermaid Fountain in Kimballton, Iowa | Little Mermaid Statue roadside attraction in Iowa

The Little Mermaid Fountain in Kimballton, Iowa

One of the most popular and beloved tourist attractions in Denmark is the Little Mermaid statue that has sat on a rock in Copenhagen harbor since 1913. But, if you’re in the American Midwest and can’t make it all the way across the ocean to check it out, have I got a treat for...

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