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Grant Wood Scenic Byway

68 miles (109 km)


The Grant Wood Scenic Byway is a symbol of the Americanheartland. Named for 1930's Iowa artist, the byway is a tribute toGrant Woods skill in reproducing a place and a culture through hisart. Grant Wood artwork is well known. Travel the Grant Wood Byway,and you will see where he found his inspiration for such artwork as"American Gothic," "Stone City," and other legendary pieces. EasterIowa offers you a chance to create your own works of art byoffering you such subjects as rounded hills, colorful woodlands,and the mighty Mississippi River. If exploration is more yourstyle, journey through one of the many adventurous caves,canyon-like cliffs, or relax for the night at an Iowa bed andbreakfast inn. The byway is located in eastern Iowa, and travelerscan hardly help looking at it through the eyes of an artist.

Points of Interest

Points of Interest Along The Way

Bellevue (IA)

With a name that means "beautiful view" travelers may want to stop here for scenes of the Mississippi and one of its river towns. Bellvue is an Iowa town that boasts a "real vacation" where visitors can relax and enjoy the surroundings. Bellvue is located amidst wooded bluffs of the Mississippi River where visitors will also find Bellevue State Park. Here visitors can explore 1,000 year-old indian mounds or the largest butterfly garden in Iowa. Enjoy recreational activities like canoeing, boating, or fishing or touring historical sites in Bellevue.

Bellevue State Park (IA)

Retreat into Bellevue State Park for a day or a weekend to enjoy hiking, picnicking, or watching butterflies.

Maquoketa (IA)

Use Maquoketa as your base camp for exploring the Maquoketa Caves, the Jackson County Historical Society Museum, and the Hurstville Lime Kilns.

Maquoketa Caves State Park (IA)

Maquoketa Caves is probably Iowa's most unique state park. Its caves, limestone formations and rugged bluffs provide visitors a chance to "step back" into geological time thousands of years.

Wapsipinicon State Park (IA)

Picnic, spelunk, bike, and hike here at Wapsipinicon State Park, and while you may not remember the name, you'll definitely remember the adventures.


68 miles (109 km)
Main Roads:
IA-64 E

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