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Explore Iowa roadside attractions and other tourist traps, restaurants, stops, and detours to add to your Iowa road trip itinerary.

Plantoir Sculpture: Giant Garden Trowel in Des Moines, Iowa | Des Moines Public Art in Iowa roadside attractions

Plantoir Sculpture: Giant Garden Trowel in Des Moines, Iowa

Do you have a big garden that needs some planting or weeding? Then I just might have the tool for you. The giant garden trowel (AKA the Plantoir Sculpture) in Des Moines, Iowa is so big it could dig up all your soil in one fell swoop. Plantoir (the French name for the garden tool) was the vision of pop artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Sculpted in 2011...

Giant Spider made from a Volkswagen Beetle car - a roadside attraction in Avoca, Iowa.

Giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider in Avoca, Iowa

What do you get when you mix a spider with a beetle? A giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider, of course! I’m not sure this car/arachnid hybrid is quite what you normally think of when you think Volkswagen bug…but, this Iowa roadside attraction stands heads and shoulders… and eight giant legs… above the rest! This giant VW beetle spider in Avoca, Iowa...

Large Rotating Ear of Corn - a roadside attraction in Coon Rapids, Iowa

Large Rotating Ear of Corn in Coon Rapids, Iowa

As you drive across America, each city, each state, proudly welcomes you into its borders with some sort of greeting signpost. Many are standard issue billboards announcing the town name or state name, the motto, the population, the fact that their girls softball team won the championships in 1972, that a president was born there, that they are the home of tax free...