History and Adventure in Southeast Iowa

Tucked into the southeastern corner of the state, you’ll find a captivating collection of only-in-Iowa attractions. Start your adventure in the past at Old Fort Madison. Learn about the life of early pioneers and fur traders at the ruins of a riverfront military garrison from the early 1800s.

Travel south to Keokuk to walk on a historic span bridge and observation deck of Lock and Dam 19. From here you can witness the awe-inspiring power of the Mississippi River.

Continue your adventure at the picturesque Villages of Van Buren, many home to Amish and Mennonite communities. Twelve quaint villages welcome you to explore their artisan boutiques, antique shops, and National Historic Districts. Indulge in outdoor recreation - ride a horse through Shimek State Forest, go fishing at Geode State Park, and tee off at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington.

Connect with the culture of the Hopewell Indians that once inhabited the region at the Toolesboro Mounds. Set on a bluff, these ancient burial grounds overlook the Iowa River and are 2,000 years old. Ready for a little pampering? Treat yourself to a spa package at the Raj, an internationally-acclaimed health and beauty center at Maharishi Vedic City in Fairfield.

Mississippi River in Southeast Iowa

Mississippi River in Southeast Iowa

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